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Salmon Bycatch Minimization Measures for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational, Subsistence
Action Status
Final Rule
Published
02/23/2021
Point of Contact
Brian Hooper, telephone: (206) 526-6117, email: brian.hooper@noaa.gov

Summary

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. 
 

Bulletins

Pacific Whiting: Salmon Mitigation Plan proposals due June 28, 2021

For more information, contact Brian Hooper, Fishery Management Specialist,…
April 29, 2021 -

Final Rule for Salmon Bycatch Minimization Measures in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

Public notice: NMFS-SEA-2021-05. For information, contact: Brian Hooper, …
February 23, 2021 -

Request for Comments on a Proposed Rule for Salmon Bycatch Minimization Measures in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

NMFS-SEA-20-35. For information, contact: Brian Hooper, (206) 526-6117,…
October 19, 2020 -

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 04/29/2021

Magnuson-Stevens Act Regional Fishery Management Councils