Amendment 21 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries is announcing the availability of an amendment to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 21 to the FMP to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 21 would set an annual Chinook salmon abundance threshold below which the Council and NMFS would implement specific management measures, through the annual ocean salmon management measures, to limit ocean salmon fishery impacts on the availability of Chinook salmon as prey for endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW).
NOAA Fisheries is also making a draft environmental assessment (draft EA) available for public review and comment. This draft EA considers the impacts on the human environment of Amendment 21. The comment period for both the Amendment and the draft EA is open for 60 days, with the comment period closing on August 2, 2021.