5/20/14 ACTION NOTICE – Commercial Troll Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon.
ACTION TAKEN: The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will close at 11:59 PM Tuesday, May 20 (the area from the US/Canada Border to the Queets River is currently restricted to a Friday through Tuesday open period).
NOTE: All vessels fishing in the area, or in possession of any salmon caught in the area must land and deliver their fish within 24 hours of this closure. Those vessels fishing between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon must land their catch within the area or into the port of Garibaldi. All vessels landing into Oregon are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 271 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.
RATIONALE: The catches in the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon fishery recently accelerated, and are rapidly approaching the inseason trigger of 28,425 Chinook landed. By closing the fishery at this time, fishery managers will be able to assess the total landings in comparison to the trigger and the overall quota of 37,900 Chinook, and consider adjustments to open days and possible open period limits for the remainder of the May-June season. A second conference call is scheduled for 1:00PM Thursday, May 22 to consider a reopening of the season.