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 area and the open period landing and possession limits: The Neah Bay salmon management area is closed for the remainder of the 2012 season. In the LaPush, Westport, and Columbia River management areas, the Chinook open period landing and possession limit remains 150 fish per boat, but the coho salmon open period landing and possession limit is increased to 50 coho salmon with no fin clip restriction. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 and will continue through Monday, September 17, 2012 or until changed by inseason action.
RATIONALE: The remaining Chinook quota is expected to be able to support this current open period limit, and the remaining fin clipped coho quota will be converted to non-selective impact equivalents of approximately 5,000 coho. This is expected to be sufficient to last through the final two scheduled open periods.