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Pacific Coast - NOAA Accepts Council's Salmon Recommendations; Management Measures Set for 2006 Season

NOAA Fisheries has implemented recommendations made earlier this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, in an effort to protect dwindling numbers of Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River to spawn. The emergency rule will allow about 40 percent of the usual commercial salmon harvest this year. North of Cape Falcon, OR, there is a slightly lower Chinook quota and a substantially lower coho quota relative to the 2005 season. South of Cape Falcon, Chinook fisheries off Oregon and California are dramatically reduced or closed because of concerns about the Klamath River fall Chinook. Retention of coho is prohibited, except for a recreational selective fishery off Oregon with a 20,000-fish quota of marked hatchery coho.

Please consult the emergency rule for a detailed description of the new measures. It specifies limitations on commercial, recreational and treaty Indian fisheries, including minimum size limits, definition of fishing areas by geographic boundaries, the open seasons for each area, the salmon species allowed to be caught during the seasons, and other special restrictions. More information is posted online.

Notice is also provided through a telephone hotline (206-526-6667 or 800-662-9825). Fishermen should call the telephone hotline for current information regarding the area in which they are fishing.

Public comments will be accepted for 15 days following publication in the Federal Register. Send comments to: 2006oceansalmonregs.nwr@noaa.gov.




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