ACTION TAKEN: The commercial troll salmon fishery between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will open to commercial troll salmon fishing for the open periods as described in the “2012 Federal Regulations: West Coast Salmon Fisheries” with the following changes to the open periods and open period landing and possession limits: The open periods will be Friday through Tuesday of each week. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 120 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho is increased to 40 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, August 17, 2012 and will continue through Monday, September 17, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.
RATIONALE: The current rate of landings of Chinook are not on pace to catch the full quota prior to the scheduled end of the fishery. The adopted regulations were scheduled to reduce the open periods to Friday through Monday and increase the coho open period limit to 40 beginning on August 24. At the current pace of the fishery, the restriction to four day open periods was not needed, and to simplify the transition, the 40 coho limit change was moved to this current open period.