NOAA Fisheries has boosted the allowable catch for July for the commercial troll Chinook salmon season from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon/California border, which opened on July 1, from 400 to 687 fish.
The decision was made in early July in consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), the Salmon Technical Team of the PFMC, and fishery representatives.
NOAA officials said the quota was increased by 287 kings on an impact neutral basis after rolling the 410 Chinooks remaining from the June quota of 800 Chinook to July. No other changes to the season structure were announced, allowing the fishery to continue with a landing week limit of 50 Chinooks per vessel per week.
The federal agency reminded participating vessels of the mandatory reporting of landings within an hour of delivery or prior to transport away from the port of landing. Reports need to include the vessel name and documentation number, the number of Chinook salmon landed the port of landing, the name of the fish buyer to whom the fish are being sold, and estimated time of delivery.