The Pacific Fishery Management Council, once held back by restrictions on wild chinook and coho salmon flows from the Fraser River in Canada south to California's Klamath River, adopted sport, commercial, and tribal ocean fishing seasons Tuesday, the same as last year.
Some will be improved even.
The following week, state and federal biologists in Seattle were a little disappointed, but they were certain they have met the criteria to combine conservation and opportunity as best they could.
Concerns about foraging orcas, which are dependent on salmon, increased during discussions.
While ocean fishing is predicted to be fairly off the coast of Oregon and southwest Washington, the toughest news for anglers in Oregon and southwest Washington will be a tightening of restrictions on the lower Columbia River.
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Male Falcon (Manzanita) to Leadbetter Point (Long Beach, Washington): June 25 to September 30 for two adult fish daily. Quotas are 7,700 for chinook (one hatchery or wild permitted per day with a 22-inch minimum length) and 8,500 for coho (up to two per day, but fin-clipped only).
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain (Port Orford): June 18 to August 21 for hatchery coho and Sept. 3-30 for any coho. Quotas are 100,000 for hatchery coho and 17,000 for the next any-coho season.
Chinook fishing is now open and can continue until October with a daily bag limit of two (total salmon including coho) with no fin clip restrictions and a 24-inch minimum length.
A number of additional restrictions on chinook season are in place south of Humbug Mountain.
All seasons are still subject to final approval by the Department of Commerce, and will then be used as a backdrop for seasons in state waters.
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