The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons on Thursday, April 14. Draft copies of the adopted seasons can be viewed at http://www.pcouncil.org/2016/04/41865/draft-council-adopted-salmon-management-measures-for-may-2016-april-30-2017-ocean-salmon-fisheries-tables-including-press-release/
Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.
The adopted regulations reflect the very challenging issues with poor forecasts for numerous ocean salmon populations. These salmon have variously been affected by several years of extreme drought conditions in California, and followed last year by poor ocean conditions resulting from the recent El Nino event along the Pacific Coast.
The commercial troll salmon seasons North of Cape Falcon will have no coho salmon quota this year, and Chinook quotas, season length, and open periods and open period limits. From Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. the Chinook seasons will have a number of closures throughout the season, reduced weekly landing limits during the fall period, and limited to fishing only in nearshore waters during October. While the area from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border will have reduced June and July quotas from recent years, no fishing allowed in August and September, reduced landing limits, and several additional closed periods in June and July.
For the recreational ocean salmon fishery the season in ocean waters off the Columbia River will be limited to the period of July 1 through August 31 with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 18,900 and a Chinook quota of 10,200.
Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption. Coho seasons will have reduced quotas of 26,000 fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 25 through August 7, and in the September non-selective season that will open on September 3 and continue through the earlier of September 30 or the quota 7,500 coho.
From Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border, the recreational Chinook season will open May 28 and continue through August 7, and then reopen for the Labor Day weekend on September 3-5. This area will also be open for the hatchery mark selective coho season from June 7 through the earlier of August 7 or the overall quota of 26,000 marked coho.
Both commercial troll salmon fishermen and recreational anglers should review the full regulations prior to participating in the ocean salmon fisheries. Commercial reporting requirements via phone or email remain in effect for all quota managed seasons (Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon, and Humbug Mt. to OR/CA in June and July).
Questions should be directed to Eric Schindler at (541)867-0300 x252 or Jason Edwards at (541)867-0300 x271. More information will be posted on-line at www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/
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