ACTION TAKEN: Effective Monday, September 3, 2012, the daily bag limit in the recreational ocean salmon seasons in the "Columbia River" Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon) is modified to allow non-fin clipped coho in the bag limit. The daily bag limit will become: 2 salmon per day.
RATIONALE: In the regulation setting process earlier this spring, a provision was included to allow for a non-selective coho season in September if sufficient coho quota remained. An estimated 24,800 coho will remain on the selective coho quota in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area, which should convert to approximately 9,500 coho in a non-selective fishery. The 9,500 coho was adopted as a preliminary quota until final numbers from the selective fishery are tallied.