Salmon Bycatch Minimization Measures for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
NOAA Fisheries is implementing salmon bycatch minimization measures to minimize incidental take of Endangered Species Act-listed salmon by vessels in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery.
The final rule establishes additional management tools to minimize incidental Chinook and coho salmon bycatch to keep fishery sectors within guidelines, establish rules to allow industry to access the Chinook salmon bycatch reserve, and create Chinook salmon bycatch closure thresholds for the trawl fishery. This final rule fulfills the terms and conditions of a 2017 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. This final rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, and other applicable laws, including the Endangered Species Act.
The final rule is effective on March 25, 2021.