Fisheries Off West Coast States: West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Amendment 23 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan
NOAA Fisheries is announcing availability of a proposed amendment, Amendment 23, to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). If approved, Amendment 23 would revise the Pacific Coast Salmon FMP to replace the current harvest control rule (HCR) for Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon with two HCRs. The first would limit total fishery exploitation rates (ERs) on each of five individual representative population units within the SONCC coho salmon Evolutionarily Species Unit to no more than 15 percent annually, except for the Trinity River population unit (represented by the Upper Trinity River, Lower Trinity River, and South Fork Trinity River populations). The second HCR would limit the total ER on the Trinity River population unit to 16 percent. Both HCRs account for all ocean and inland sources of fishery mortality annually and include landed and non-landed mortality of age-3 adult SONCC coho salmon.
You may submit comments on Amendment 23, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2022-0065, by the following method:
- Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA-NMFS-2022-0065 in the Search box. Click the “Comment” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
The comment period on the draft EA closed on October 3, 2022.
Comments must be submitted by the above method to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).