The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), the State of Oregon, the State of California, and fishery representatives met this morning in Sacramento, California and have taken the following in-season management action to the scheduled April 15 commercial troll Chinook salmon openings off Oregon. The commercial troll salmon fishery scheduled to open on April 15 in the area from the Florence South Jetty to Humbug Mt. will close to commercial troll salmon fishing for the period of April 15-30.
Fishery managers and industry representatives agreed that this closure was needed to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook. The forecast abundance of Klamath River fall Chinook is extremely low, and most other Chinook salmon populations that contribute to fisheries South of Cape Falcon are forecast at poor to fair abundances. Within the commercial troll salmon season alternatives which are still in development and are anticipated to be finalized by April 11, the area from Cape Falcon to the Florence S. Jetty will be open for the period of April 15-30 as well as other periods over the course of the summer and fall.
The PFMC commercial troll seasons will not have any open seasons south of the Florence South Jetty in 2017. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be considering options for limited state waters seasons off of the Elk River at Port Orford and the Chetco River at Brookings at their meeting in Klamath Falls on April 21st.
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