7/18/2012 ACTION NOTICE: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action to increase the Chinook salmon open period landing and possession limit for the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.
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 change to the open period landing and possession limits. The open period landing and possession limit for Chinook salmon is increased to 50 Chinook per vessel per open period. The open period landing and possession for adipose fin-clipped coho remains at 35 coho per vessel per open period. This action becomes effective at 00:01 on Friday, July 20, 2012.
RATIONALE: Commercial fishery representatives had requested an increase in the open period limit based on the anticipated catch in the fishery, and the fact that the Chinook quota appears unlikely to be attained with the current effort and catch. Through July 17, an estimated 3,136 Chinook had been landed with 12,664 Chinook remaining on the quota.