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Report Recommends That Fisheries Service Share Climate Resilience Information
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Report Recommends That Fisheries Service Share Climate Resilience Information

A report prepared for Congress by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) work with regional fishery management councils to identify and prioritize opportunities to enhance climate resilience of federal fisheries. The report to congressional committees, released Aug. 18, found that many fisheries managers are leading initiatives that could advance the use of climate information in operations, such as addressing distributional shifts in species. Initiatives include the creation of a special task force to identify actions and tools to better incorporate climate information in fisheries management. Several fisheries managers from the eight regional councils told GAO that they were not aware of climate-related fisher...
New Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Proposed for IPHC Area 2A
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New Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Proposed for IPHC Area 2A

NOAA Fisheries has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to create a permitting system for the Pacific halibut commercial and recreational charter halibut fisheries in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Area 2A offshore of Washington Oregon and California. The action would also establish a regulatory framework for the Area 2A Pacific halibut directed commercial fishery that allows the National Marine Fisheries Service to determine each year dates and times the fishery is open and set harvest limits for those periods of time. The IPHC currently handles permitting and management activities for area 2A. Under the proposed action, NMFS would assume responsibility for issuing vessels permits to fish for Pacific halibut in commercial and recreational charte...
NMFS Extends Pacific Halibut Bycatch Retention in Oregon, Washington, California
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NMFS Extends Pacific Halibut Bycatch Retention in Oregon, Washington, California

The National Marine Fisheries Service, aka NOAA Fisheries, has agreed in consultation with the states of Oregon, Washington and California has agreed to new rules for retention of Pacific halibut incidental harvests in the commercial troll salmon season in those states. Under current regulations, retention of Pacific halibut bycatch continues past June 30. However all participants retaining those halibut must have applied for and received an incidental troll salmon halibut permit from the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Currently vessels are limited to one Pacific halibut for every two Chinook salmon, plus one Pacific halibut in possession, up to a maximum of 35 Pacific halibut per trip. All Chinook salmon must be landed with the Pacific halibut. Oregon Department of...
NMFS Modifies Cape Falcon Area Commercial Troll Salmon Limits
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NMFS Modifies Cape Falcon Area Commercial Troll Salmon Limits

The National Marine Fisheries Service has modified the Chinook salmon landing and possession limit for the commercial salmon troll fishery for the entire area north of the Cape Falcon area to 40 Chinook per vessel per week through June 8. Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the rationale behind the decision is that total Chinook landings in the area from the U.S.-Canada border to Cape Falcon, Oregon are estimated at 13,500 out of the spring quota of 18,000 fish, leaving a remainder of just 4,500 Chinooks on the quota. Landings last week were estimated at 5,250 Chinooks. Eric Schindler of ODFW’s marine resources management section noted that the majority of salmon moving north have not been doing well in recent years, but whether this is due to predation...
NMFS Issues Final Rule on Washington, Oregon, California Ocean Fisheries
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NMFS Issues Final Rule on Washington, Oregon, California Ocean Fisheries

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule establishing fishery management measures for the 2022 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon and California and the 2023 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 16, 2023. Measures in the final rule vary by fishery and by area and 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 off Washington, Oregon and California. The management measures are intended to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indians, non-Indian commercial, and recreational fisheries. They’re also intended to allow a portion of salmon runs to escape ...
NMFS Aims to Rebuild Pacific Sardine Stocks
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NMFS Aims to Rebuild Pacific Sardine Stocks

The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking comments by May 24 on a proposal to implement annual harvest specifications and management measures for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine for the fishing year from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. This proposed rule is intended to conserve, manage and rebuild the Pacific sardine stock off the U.S. West Coast. Pacific sardine harvest would be allowed only for use as live bait, in minor directed fisheries, as incidental catch in other fisheries, or as authorized under exempted fishing permits. The proposed action would prohibit most directed commercial fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The incidental harvest of Pacific sardine would be limited to 20% by weight of all f...
Congress Approves American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act
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Congress Approves American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act

Legislation to create an industry-led committee to assist in administration of fisheries marketing research and development grants has now passed both houses of Congress and headed to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. Approval on S.497, the American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act, came late last week in the U.S. House. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, earlier passed the Senate. Among the co-sponsors were Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Sullivan hailed passage of the bill, saying that once signed into law “our fishermen will again have a seat at the table to offer appropriate input and oversight of the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant process, identify opportunities for improvement and growth, and maintain Alaska’s status ...
Comment Period Ending on Proposed Regulations Revision for Pacific Halibut
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Comment Period Ending on Proposed Regulations Revision for Pacific Halibut

The National Marine Fisheries Service’s 14-day comment period on a proposed rule to revise regulations for individual fishing quote in Pacific halibut fisheries would remove limits on the maximum of halibut IFQ that may be harvested by a vessel in Areas 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D. The deadline for 14-day comment period is today, Wednesday, May 4. NMFS officials say this action is needed to provide additional flexibility to IFQ participants this year to ensure allocations of halibut IFQ can be harvested by the limited number of vessels operating in all of these areas. Such action lies within the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to establish additional regulations governing the take of halibut that are in addition to, and not in conflict with those adopted by the International Pacific...