Management Council Picks Ocean
On April 5, the Pacific Fishery Management Council
picked it's mid-range option of three potential choices
for this year's chinook harvest off the Washington Coast.
That means the total allowable catch for non-Indians above
Cape Falcon, Oregon will be 32,500 chinook, with commercial
trollers allowed to harvest about 18,000 of them. The quota
is lower than recent years due to a combination of less
abundance in general, and a recommendation from NOAA
fisheries to cut the harvest rate on lower Columbia tules,
which are listed for protection under the Endangered Species
Recreational fishers will be allowed the lion's share of
140,000 marked coho, about 118,000, and half of the
non-Indian chinook quota.
The treaty Indian share of the offshore chinook fishery
will be capped at 35,000 chinook and 38,000 coho.
Along the south coast, off Oregon and California, fishing
effort will be greatly increased from last year, because of
much improved numbers of Klamath River fall chinook.
Puget Sound sportfishers will be able to take part in
seven new marked chinook fisheries this year -- four in the
summer and three next winter. Pinks are expected to return
to the Sound in large numbers as well -- 3.3 million, 1.3
million more than came back two years ago.