Members of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the states of Washington and Oregon, have reached an agreement with National Marine Fisheries Service on management action for the commercial troll salmon season from the US/Canadian border to Cape Falcon.
In a conference call on Tuesday, April 20, it was agreed that the commercial fishery for all salmon except coho will open from May 1-15, as described in the 2020 season regulations.
The announcement from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the season will follow the same rules and specifications adopted by the PFMC on April 15 for the 2021 seasons.
The season will continue through the earlier of June 29, the May-June overall quota of 15,375 Chinook salmon, or the Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, or May-June subarea quota of 4,195 Chinook salmon.
The minimum length for Chinook salmon beginning with the May 1 season opening from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon will be 27 inches total length, and this will apply in all open seasons in this area through May 15, 2022.
State officials said these actions will bring the adopted seasons from 2020 into compliance with the recently adopted seasons for 2021.
Additional regulations that apply to vessels fishing out of Oregon North of Cape Falcon that apply to the 2021 seasons include vessels landing in Oregon being limited to only fishing between Leadbetter Point, Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon. The regulations also include a limit on vessels landing into Oregon being limited to locations on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, the beaches at Gearhart/Seaside and Cannon Beach, or into Garibaldi.