Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pacific Northwest Ocean Salmon Regulations

NOAA Fisheries Service recently announced that it has established fishery management measures for the 2011 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2012 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2012.

Specific fishery management measures vary by fishery and by area. The measures establish fishing areas, seasons, quotas, legal gear, recreational fishing days and catch limits, possession and landing restrictions, and minimum lengths for salmon taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles) off Washington, Oregon, and California.

According to the agency,  management measures are intended to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, non-treaty commercial, and recreational fisheries. The measures are also intended to allow a portion of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries in order to provide for spawning escapement and to provide for fisheries occurring in state internal waters.

Details of the regulations are published in the Federal Register and public comments on the rule are invited.

source: NOAA FishNews

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