Published government actions impacting fisheries for the week 6/16/14 through 6/22/14

NOAA/NMFS

Wednesday, June 18

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area – Amendment 106

NOAA/NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 106 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). The proposed rule allows the owner of an American Fisheries Act (AFA) vessel to rebuild or replace the vessel without limitation on the length, weight, or horsepower of the rebuilt or replacement vessel when the vessel is operating in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). The proposed rule would also allow the owner of an AFA catcher vessel that is a member of an inshore cooperative to remove the vessel from the Bering Sea directed pollock fishery and assign the pollock catch history of the removed vessel to one or more vessels in the inshore cooperative to which the removed vessel belonged.  This action is necessary to bring the regulations implementing the BSAI FMP into conformity with the AFA as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Public comments will be accepted until August 4, 2014.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-18/pdf/2014-14012.pdf

Friday, June 20

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Atka Mackerel – Peer Review Meeting

NOAA/NMFS has requested the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) to examine whether the Atka Mackerel stock assessment incorporates the best available scientific information and provides a reasonable approach to understanding the population dynamics and stock status of Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Atka mackerel.  The review will be 7/29 – 7/31 at the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Building 4, Seattle, WA, 98115.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-20/pdf/2014-14477.pdf

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Monday, June 16

Westside Salmon – Announcement 5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce Commercial fishing reopens for the week throughout the Togiak District at 9:00 a.m. 6/16. The Togiak River Section will be reduced 24 hours, closing at 9:00 a.m. 6/19. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416647454.pdf

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet – Extension

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Alsek River fishery is extended and will remain open through 12:00 noon, 6/18.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416713190.pdf

 Chignik Commercial Salmon Fishery – Update #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted a second Chignik Lagoon test fishery of the 2014 season on June 15. These results indicate that there is not a substantial buildup of sockeye salmon within Chignik Lagoon. The next Chignik Lagoon test fishery is tentatively scheduled for the morning high tide on either June 18 or June 19.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416847320.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Announcement #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce commercial fishing with set gillnet gear will be permitted in the Egegik commercial district from 3:15 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. 6/17…….an 8 hour period. Commercial fishing with drift gillnet gear will be permitted in the Egegik District from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. 6/17….a 4 hour period.  In the Ugashik District- Subsistence fishing will be open until further notice.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417121341.pdf

Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery – Announcement #7

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce newly adopted emergency regulations by the Alaska Board of Fisheries allow the use of dip nets to harvest chum and sockeye salmon for subsistence use while conserving Chinook salmon by requiring release of all Chinook salmon unharmed. The initial fishing schedule with this new gear type will be as follows:  From the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak to the Headwaters of the Kuskokwim River – Subsistence fishing with dip nets will be allowed for 12 hours daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning 6/19.  Any Chinook salmon caught in a dip net must be returned immediately to the water unharmed.  Subsistence fishing with fish wheels will be allowed from 9:00 a.m. 6/19 until further notice. Fish wheels are required to have a live box with no less than 45 cubic feet of water, must be checked at least every 6 hours, and all Chinook salmon must be returned to the water alive. Hook and line fishing for Chinook salmon remains closed.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416933750.pdf

Southern Norton Sound Subsistence Salmon – Opening

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce brief subsistence salmon openings coinciding with favorable fishing weather will begin this week in Norton Sound Subdistricts 4, 5, and 6, the Norton Bay, Shaktoolik, and Unalakleet Subdistricts.  See link below for information pertaining to your area of interest.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417281202.pdf

Kuskokwim River Salmon – Fishery Update #1

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the following re for subsistence salmon fishermen in the Kuskokwim River Drainage.  Early run timing, the forecast of a poor Chinook salmon run, and the fact that subsistence fishing is being restricted at the beginning of the run for the first time, means that managers must be cautious when interpreting inseason information to assure achievement of escapement goals.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417312608.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement 6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce, commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District will close at 11:30 p.m. today. Commercial fishing with set gillnets will be allowed again in the Igushik section as follows: from 4:30 p.m. June 17 until 12:30 a.m. June 18 from 5:30 p.m. June 18 until 1:30 a.m. June 19 and from 5:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. June 19.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417454971.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #16; Summer Update # 6 Districts Affected: Yukon Area

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an update on the 2014 Chinook salmon run.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417510028.pdf 

Tuesday, June 17

Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced opening of following area for commercial sale of geoduck clams between 9AM and 3PM on Wed 6/18 and Thurs, 6/19.  Subdistrict 103-70-003 in Steamboat Bay for the remaining 10,000 pounds.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417619763.pdf 

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #7

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces a 24-hour extension to current commercial salmon fishing from 9:00 p.m. 6/17 to 9:00 p.m. 6/17 in the following areas – The Southwest and Southeast Afognak sections of the Afognak District; The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; and The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417799600.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon Fishery – Announcement #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced inriver test fishery is operational and passage into the Egegik River remains low. Catch from the Monday commercial period is 36,000 fish. Through June 16 cumulative harvest is 55,000 fish. Cumulative escapement is 7,300.  Subsistence fishing will be permitted in the Egegik Commercial district from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday June 18.  The Ugashik District will remain closed to commercial fishing. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417819750.pdf

Hidden Falls Special Harvest Areas – Troll Fishery Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following information concerning the Hidden Falls Special Harvest Areas (SHA) – In cooperation with the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA), a portion of the Hidden Falls SHA is being closed to commercial trolling effective 12:01 a.m., 6/18, as follows:  Waters north and west of a line between a point at 57°13.17′ N. latitude, 134°51.86′ W. longitude, and a point at 57°13.08′ N. latitude, 134°52.02′ W. longitude, and the waters north of a line from 57°13.05′ N. latitude, 134°52.24′ W. longitude, and a point at 57°13.06′ N. latitude, 134°52.20′ W. longitude. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/417910937.pdf

Southeast Alaska Salmon Purse Seine – Fishery Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following areas will be open to purse seining as follows:  (1) District 2 – open through 8:00 p.m., 6/18 (see link for open areas).  All waters in Moira Sound remain closed. (2) District 12 – open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 6/19 (see link for open areas).  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418066744.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #17; Summer Announcement #9 District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedules

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an update on subsistence fishing schedules in District 4.  Subdistrict 4-A Lower – Subsistence fishing for salmon is currently closed in all portions of Subdistrict 4-A Lower.  Effective 8:00 a.m. 6/18, subsistence fishing for summer chum salmon in the Anvik River Special Management Area (which includes the lower 12 miles of the Anvik River) will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with dip nets and beach seine gear only.  Effective 8:00 a.m. 6/18, subsistence fishing for summer chum salmon in the remainder of Subdistrict 4-A Lower will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with dip net gear and live-release fish wheels only.   Subdistrict 4-A Upper  – Subsistence fishing for salmon is currently closed in all portions of Subdistrict 4-A Upper.  Effective 8:00 a.m. 6/23, subsistence fishing for summer chum salmon will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with dip net gear and live-release fish wheels only.  Subdistrict 4-B & 4-C – Subsistence fishing for salmon is currently closed in all portions of Subdistricts 4-B and 4-C.  Effective 8:00 a.m. 6/26, subsistence fishing for summer chum salmon will be open 7 days a week, 24 hours per day with dip net gear and live-release fish wheels only.  All Chinook salmon must be released alive.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418161871.pdf

Wednesday, June 18

Westside Salmon – Announcement #7

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information on subsistence and commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  Commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District will be allowed in the Igushik section as follows: 5:30 p.m. 6/18 until 1:30 a.m. 6/19 and from 5:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 6/19.  Subsistence fishing in the Nushagak Section of the Nushagak District will close at 12:00 p.m. 6/18. Subsistence fishing will reopen in the Nushagak Section at 10:00 p.m. 6/18.  Commercial fishing will be allowed in the Nushagak District with drift gillnets only from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 6/18. The set gillnet fishery in the Nushagak Section will remain closed.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418271597.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #8

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces a 33-hour commercial salmon fishing period, from noon 6/21 to 9:00 p.m. 6/22 in the following areas:  The Eastside Kodiak District; The Northwest Afognak, Pauls Bay, and Perenosa Bay sections of the Afognak District; and The Big River and Outer Kukak Bay sections of the Mainland District.  Closed Water Adjustments: Closed waters will be reduced from noon 6/21 until 9:00 p.m. 6/22 in the following areas: At Kaflia Creek (stream #262-301) to the stream terminus; and at Saltery Creek (stream # 259-415) to the stream terminus.  Closed waters are reduced for subsistence fishing from noon 6/19 until 9:00 p.m. 7/31 in the following location:  Chiniak Bay, at the Buskin River (stream # 259-211) at the exit channel terminus at the ocean shoreline. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418384172.pdf

2014 Kodiak Subsistence – News Release #2

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce to prevent a higher than desired sockeye salmon escapement into Buskin River, closed waters will be reduced to the stream terminus at the ocean shoreline at Buskin River in the Northeast Kodiak District at noon 6/19 until 9:00 p.m. 7/31. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418747418.pdf

Port Moller Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #1

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Bear River Section will remain open to commercial salmon fishing for an additional 24 hours until 6:00 p.m. 6/19. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418453560.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Announcement #5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce Subsistence fishing will be permitted in the Egegik Commercial district from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. 6/19.  The Ugashik District will remain closed to commercial fishing. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418574053.pdf

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #13

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #13, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District; Bering River District, Coghill District; Eshamy District; Unakwik District, Montague District; and Southwestern District.  See link below for specific opening dates and season length. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418815693.pdf

Thursday, June 19

Commercial Golden King Crab Fishery, Lower Chatham Strait & North Stephens Passage Area – Closure Date

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the commercial golden king crab fishery in the Lower Chatham Strait and North Stephens Passage Areas will close at noon, 7/9.  Harvest as of the closure date is expected to fall short of the 28,000 pound guideline harvest level for the Lower Chatham Strait Area and the 10,000 pound guideline harvest level for the North Stephens Passage Area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/418973961.pdf

Chignik Commercial Salmon Fishery – Update #5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided results of the third Chignik Lagoon test fishery.  The results indicate that there is not a substantial buildup of sockeye salmon within Chignik Lagoon. No additional test fisheries are planned at this time.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419023268.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Announcement #6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce inriver test fishery detected a slight increase in passage last night and this morning. The department is still assessing the information and will allow additional escapement today. Tower counts from yesterday are 3,600 fish and the midnight to 6 am count this morning was 2,500. We currently do not have enough data to estimate travel time between the test fishery and the tower. Cumulative escapement is 12,000.  The current subsistence fishing period will be extended until 11:59 p.m. 6/20.  The Ugashik District will remain closed to commercial fishing. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419273494.pdf

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet – Opening Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following concerning the Yakutat Area commercial set gillnet fishery:  (1) Alsek River – open 12:01 pm, 6/22 thru noon, 6/23.   (2) East River – closed until further notice.  (3) Yakutat Bay – open 6am, 6/22 thru 6pm 6/24. (4) Dangerous River – open 6am, 6/22 thru 6pm, 6/24. (5) Akwe River – open 6am, 6/22 thru 6pm, 6/23. (6) Lost River – closed until further notice. (7) Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet – open 6am, 6/22 thru 6pm, 6/24 (See link below for special rules applicable to this area. (8) Manby Shore-Outside Waters – open 6am, 6/22, thru 6pm, 6/24. (9) Manby Shore-Inside Waters – open 6 am, 6/22 thru 6 pm, 6/24. (10) Remainder of the District – open 6 am, 6/22 thru 6 pm, 6/24. (11) Subsistence Fishery: From beginning of commercial salmon net season thru end of commercial salmon net season the weekly subsistence fishing period is 6 am, Friday to 6 pm, Saturday, unless extended by emergency order. This applies to each river and bay fishery individually.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419128762.pdf 

2014 Kodiak Subsistence – News Release #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce effective at 12:01 am 6/20 until 11:59 pm 12/31, Chinook salmon in the Karluk River drainage, including the Karluk River lagoon, may not be retained in the subsistence fishery. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419454318.pdf

2014 Kodiak Subsistence – News Release #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce effective at 12:01 am 6/20 until 11:59 pm 12/31, Chinook salmon in the Ayakulik River drainage may not be retained in the subsistence fishery.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419548400.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement #8

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information on commercial fishing in the Togiak District.  Commercial fishing reopens for the week in all sections on 6/23 at 9 am.  The Togiak River Section schedule will be reduced by 24 hours, closing on 6/26 at 9 am. Permit holders are reminded of several regulations for Togiak District: (1) The regular weekly schedules for Togiak District are as follows: Togiak River Section: Monday 9 am to Friday 9 am (closes early the week of 6/23) Kulukak Section: Monday 9 am to Wednesday 9 pm. Matogak, Osviak, and Cape Peirce Sections: Monday 9 am to Saturday 9 am.  (2) 7/1 thru 7/16, the Togiak River Section schedule is as follows: Monday 9 am to Saturday 9 pm.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419314214.pdf

Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the opening of the Southeast Alaska drift gillnet fishery, during the times and in the areas listed in the link below, beginning on Sunday, 6/22. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419633683.pdf

Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery – Announcement #8

Alaska Department of Fish and Game together with the USFWS announce the following re subsistence salmon fishing in the Kuskokwim River Drainage:  (1) Johnson River to the lower boundary of Subdistrict 1-B (southern tip of Eek Island) – subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye salmon allowed 4 pm until 8 pm 6/20.  (2) Lower boundary of Subdistrict 1-B and Marine waters near the Kuskokwim River mouth – subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye salmon allowed 4 pm 6/20 until further notice.  See link below for gear restrictions and area descriptions. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419748140.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #18; Summer Announcement #10 Districts 1 & 2 Subsistence and Commercial Fishing Schedules

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an update on subsistence and commercial fishing schedules.  The previously announced subsistence and commercial fishing schedules remain in place.  (1) District 1 (including the Black River) Subsistence – fishing for summer chum salmon in District 1 will remain on the following schedule with dip net and beach seine gear only until further notice Sunday-Friday 12 noon until midnight each day; Saturday 6 am until midnight.  (2) District 1 (including the Black River) Commercial – summer chum salmon fishing in District 1 will remain on the following schedule with dip net and beach seine gear only until further notice Sunday-Friday noon until midnight each day, these will be 12-hour commercial fishing periods that are open concurrent with subsistence fishing times. (3) District 2 Subsistence: fishing for summer chum salmon in District 2 will remain on the following schedule with dip net and beach seine gear only until further notice Sunday-Friday noon until 10 pm each day; Saturday 6 am until midnight. (4) District 2: Commercial summer chum salmon fishing in District 2 will remain on the following schedule with dip net and beach seine gear only until further notice Sunday-Friday noon until 10 pm each day.  These will be 10-hour commercial fishing periods that are open concurrent with subsistence fishing times. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419848618.pdf

2014/15 Alaska Weathervane Scallop Guideline Harvest Levels

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce Weathervane scallop fisheries in the Yakutat, Kodiak, Alaska Peninsula, Dutch Harbor, and Bristol Bay-Bering Sea Registration areas will open 7/1. Guideline harvest levels (GHL) for the 2014/15 scallop season, and crab bycatch limits are listed in the link below.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/419901423.pdf

Northeast District Commercial Scallop Fishery – Closed waters adjustment Kodiak

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the scallop fishery closed-waters boundary from Cape Chiniak on Kodiak Island to Marmot Island was inadvertently changed during a regulatory update. The correct description of the Chiniak/Marmot closure is described in the link below.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420005886.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement #9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide regarding subsistence and commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  (1) Commercial fishing with set gillnets will be allowed in the Igushik section as follows: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm 6/20, from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm 6/21, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 6/22 and 9:30 am – 5:30 pm 6/23.  (2) Subsistence fishing in the Nushagak Section of the Nushagak District closes 10 am 6/20 and reopens 11 pm 6/20. Subsistence users are reminded that subsistence fishing is always allowed during open commercial fishing periods. This closure does not impact subsistence fishing on Dillingham beaches.  (3) Commercial fishing with drift gillnets in the Nushagak District will open for a directed king opening for 3 hours from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 6/20. Mesh is restricted to 7.5 inches or larger for this opening. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420127221.pdf

Port Moller Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #2

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Ilnik and Outer Port Heiden sections will remain closed to commercial salmon fishing from 6/20 until further notice.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420242175.pdf

Friday, June 20

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces a 57-hour commercial salmon fishing period, from noon 6/21 to 9 pm 6/23 in the following areas:  The Southwest and Southeast Afognak sections of the Afognak District; The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; and The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District.  Cost recovery fisheries begin in the Telrod Cove Special Harvest Area (SHA) on 6/21 and the Telrod Cove SHA will remain closed to common property fishing. Fishery opportunities in Telrod Cove will be dependent on the ability to meet KRAA cost recovery needs.  To ensure Chinook (king) salmon brood stock collection at Monashka Creek, that portion of the Monashka/Mill Bay Section of the Northeast Kodiak District bounded by the latitude of Spruce Cape and the latitude of Termination Point, beginning at noon 6/21 – 8/1 king salmon may not be retained in the subsistence fishery and must be returned to the water unharmed.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420367314.pdf

Cook Inlet Area Commercial Lingcod and Rockfish Fisheries – Update

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces seasons for the Cook Inlet Area directed lingcod and pelagic shelf rockfish fisheries will open 7/1 with guideline harvest levels (GHL) of 52,500 and 150,000 pounds, respectively.  See link below for allowable gear types and other information. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420423391.pdf

Prince William Sound Commercial Lingcod Fishery – Opening

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces the directed commercial fishing season for lingcod in the Prince William Sound (PWS) Management Area will open 7/1, and will close 12/31 or earlier by emergency order. Guideline harvest levels (GHL) are 7,300 pounds for the Inside District and 25,300 pounds for the Outside District, including adjacent federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters. To help meet biological sampling objectives, Emergency Order 2-GF-E-11-14 requires lingcod be delivered with the head attached and with the vent and one-inch area forward of the vent intact as evidence of gender. Retained lingcod must measure at least 35 inches from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail.  See link below for gear type limitations and other information.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420618839.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon Fishery – Announcement #7

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information for Egegik and Ugashik commercial fishermen.   In Egegik – Inriver tests detected a slight increase in passage last night and again this morning. Tower counts from yesterday are 6,500 fish and the midnight to 6 am count this morning was 2,600. Cumulative escapement is 18,000. Cumulative catch is 106,000.  Commercial fishing will be permitted in the Egegik District with set gillnet gear only from 6 am – 2 pm 6/21.  In Ugashik – Inriver fish crew is preparing to go to the field and scheduled to be operational on Tuesday or Wednesday. The counting tower is scheduled to deploy 6/25 and be operational 6/27.  Commercial fishing will be permitted in the Ugashik District with set gillnet gear only from 5 am – 5 pm 6/22.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420779100.pdf

Southeast Alaska Salmon Purse Seine Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that specific areas within District 2 and 12 will be open to purse seining during the times listed in the link below.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420887550.pdf

Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery – News Release #7

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information related to the following Districts:  Kamishak Bay, Southern, and Outer.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420581482.pdf

Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided information on currently open areas, areas soon to open, areas closed and other pertinent information.  See link below for specifics.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/420907418.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement #10

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides an update on commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  In order to be prepared for any sudden increase in escapement we would like the fleet to be prepared to respond on short notice as soon as 11pm 6/21. We do not expect to have any additional directed king openings this season and fishermen should be prepared to fish with the mesh size of their choice. We will try and update the fleet tomorrow after we get escapement information in the morning. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421030821.pdf

Saturday, June 21

Westside Salmon – Announcement #11

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides an update on commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  The current sockeye escapement on the Wood River is 48,500 through 6 am today; the Nushagak River sockeye escapement is 33,000. The Nushagak River king salmon escapement is 38,400. The harvest from yesterday’s fishing was less than 300 king salmon.  Overnight sockeye escapement into the Wood and Nushagak Rivers has remained slow. The earliest possible drift opening is noon tomorrow but would only be precipitated by a significant push of fish overnight tonight. The most likely scenario is we will not fish tomorrow, but the situation is very dynamic and we want to be prepared for any eventuality.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421177964.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #10

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces a 57-hour commercial salmon fishing period, from noon 6/22 to 9 pm 6/24 in the following area:  The Dog Salmon Flats Section of the Alitak District (all waters of Lower Olga Bay northeast of a line from 57o 06.38’ N. lat., 154o 00.00 W. long., to the opposite shore at 57o 07.53’ N. lat., 154o 03.00’W. long). Closed Water Adjustments: Closed waters are reduced from noon 6/22 to 9 pm 6/24 in the following areas of the Dog Salmon Flats Section:  to the ADF&G markers located at the stream termini of Dog Salmon Creek (stream #257-403); and to the ADF&G markers located near the entrance of Horse Marine Lagoon (stream #257-402).  See link below for additional information.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421292581.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Update #8

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an update for Egegik, Ugashik, and Naknek/Kvichak District fishermen.  The Egegik District will stand down 6/22 to allow for additional escapement.  In Ugashik: The previously announced set gillnet only fishery will begin at 5 am 6/22.  The Naknek/Kvichak District will remain closed to allow for escapements to increase.  Fishermen in all three districts should stand by at 3 pm 6/22 for the next possible announcement.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421304423.pdf 

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #14

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #14, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District; Bering River District, Coghill District; Eshamy District; Unakwik District, Eastern District, Montague District; Southeastern District and Southwestern District.  See link below for specific opening dates, season lengths and other information.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421479916.pdf

** NOTE – the Coghill information is superseded by the PWS News Release #15 dated 6/22. 

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #19; Summer Announcement #11 Districts 4-A Commercial Fishing Schedule.  Upper Yukon Area

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an update on commercial fishing opportunities in the Upper Yukon Area.  Based on the current abundance of summer chum salmon, a commercial fishing season will open on 6/23 to target summer chum salmon in Subdistrict 4-A with fish wheels only.  Fish wheels must be manned at all times during operations and all Chinook salmon caught in the fish wheels must immediately be released to the water alive. Chinook salmon caught and released must be recorded on a fish ticket. Commercial fishing will be open for seven 24-hour fishing periods, beginning at 12:01 am 6/June 23.  Fishermen will be notified by Saturday, June 28, regarding additional commercial fishing opportunity.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421537784.pdf 

Sunday, June 22

Port Moller Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Bear River and Outer Port Heiden sections will open to commercial salmon fishing from 6 am 6/23 until 6 pm 6/25. Fishermen are reminded that the portion of the Outer Port Heiden Section located from 3 nm to 1.5 nm is closed to commercial salmon fishing as per regulatory change. The Three Hills and Ilnik sections will remain closed to commercial salmon fishing until further notice. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421693596.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement #12

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides an update on commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  Overnight sockeye escapement into the Wood and Nushagak Rivers has remained slow. The earliest possible drift opening is 1:00 p.m. tomorrow but would only occur if there is a set gillnet fishery in progress. If we don’t see an increase in escapement into the Wood River this afternoon we will not have a set gillnet opening tomorrow morning. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421711663.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #11

Alaska Department of Fish and Game newly announces (1) a 72-hour extension to the current commercial salmon fishing period in the Inner Ugak Bay Section of the Eastside Kodiak District from 9 pm 6/22 to 9 pm 6/25; (2) Closed waters will be expanded for commercial fishing in Saltery Cove, to the normal closed waters described in regulation, beginning 9 pm 6/22; (3) a 48-hour extension to the current commercial salmon fishing period, from 9 pm 6/23 to 9 pm 6/25 in the following areas: The Southwest and Southeast Afognak sections of the Afognak District, The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District, and The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District; (4) a 57-hour commercial salmon fishing period, from noon 6/23 to 9 pm 6/25 in the following areas – The Outer Ayakulik and Halibut Bay sections of the Southwest Kodiak District. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421814421.pdf

Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing – Announcement #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game newly announces the opening of the commercial salmon fishing with set gillnets in the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict from 7 am – 4 pm on 6/23.  The Central District is open to drift gillnetting by regulation from 7 am – 7 pm 6/23.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/421902799.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Update #9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide an announcement for Egegik, and an update for Ugashik, and Naknek/Kvichak District fishermen.   Commercial fishing will be permitted in the Egegik District with set gillnet gear from 8 am – 4 pm 6/23.  Commercial fishing with drift gillnet gear permitted from 8:30 am – 10:30 am 6/23.  Commercial fishing in the Ugashik District will remain closed.  The Kvichak in-river test fishery began operations on Saturday, however no fish have been caught.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/422040090.pdf

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery – Announcement #9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game together with the USFWS announce the following re subsistence salmon fishermen in the Kuskokwim River Drainage.  (1) Johnson River to the lower boundary of Subdistrict 1-B (southern tip of Eek Island) – subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye salmon will be allowed 8 am – 4 pm 6/24; (2) Tuluksak to Johnson River – subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye salmon will be allowed 10 am – 2 pm 6/24. See link below for information regarding gear type, etc.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/422134702.pdf

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #15

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides this news release which supersedes the Coghill District portion of Announcement #14. The opening and closing dates for Coghill River regulatory closed waters are being adjusted as follows:  The Coghill District, excluding waters of the Esther Subdistrict, will open at 8 am on 6/23 for a 48-hour commercial drift gillnet fishing period. Esther Subdistrict, excluding the WNH THA and SHA, will open at 8 am 6/23 for a 36-hour period. Effective from 8 am, 6/23 to 8 am, 6/25, regulatory closed waters pertaining to the Coghill River, as specified in 5 AAC 24.350(6)(B)), will not be in effect. Commercial fishing will not be permitted within the bed or channel of the Coghill River at any stage of the tide. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/422237504.pdf    

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Friday, June 20

Hagfish Fishery Gear Descriptions – Regulation Change

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed changes in regulations which would require all traps used within the hagfish fishery to have a minimum hole diameter of 9/16 inch. Its purpose is to sustain the hagfish resource by promoting escapement of smaller, immature hagfish. http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2014/180_6ntc.pdf

Commercial Harvest of Herring and Herring Roe – Regulation Change

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed changes in regulations impacting the herring and herring roe fisheries.  The proposed regulatory changes in Section 163 will establish the fishing quotas for Crescent City Area, Humboldt Bay and Tomales Bay; and for the 2014-2015 season in San Francisco Bay:  (1) Set the Crescent City Area quota at zero (0) tons or maintain status-quo of 30 tons. (2) Set the Humboldt Bay quota at zero (0) tons or maintain status-quo of 60 tons. (3) Set the Tomales Bay quota at zero (0) tons or maintain status-quo of 350 tons.  (4) Replace the language shall “not exceed” with shall “be” with respect to the quotas selected for the Crescent City Area, Humboldt Bay and Tomales Bay.  (5) Set the San Francisco Bay quota for the 2014-2015 season between zero (0) and 10 percent of the 2013-2014 San Francisco Bay spawning biomass estimate for Pacific herring as provided in the 2014 Draft Supplemental Environmental Document (DSED).  (6) A minor editorial change will be made to Section 164 indicating a change in the revision date (Rev 2/14) because of a minor revision to the HEOK Royalty Report Form FG 143 HR. http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2014/163ntc.pdf 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, June 17

Lookingglass Creek – Closure

Lookingglass Creek, a tributary to the Grande Ronde River at Palmer Junction, will close to fishing for hatchery spring chinook beginning Wednesday, June 18. The last day of fishing will be Tuesday, June 17 when biologists expect the harvest quota will be reached. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/061714.asp

Wednesday, June 18

Commercial Salmon Troll – inseason actions

The commercial salmon fishery from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California Border will close to all troll salmon fishing at 11:59 PM 6/18.  Vessels are required to land and deliver all catch from this fishery within 24 hours into the ports of Brookings, Gold Beach, or Port Orford. All vessels landing from this fishery are required to report their catch within one hour of landing or prior to transport away from the point of landing by calling (541)867-0300 ext. 252 with vessel name and documentation number, number of salmon by species, and time and location of delivery.  This season from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border opened on Sunday, June 15 under a 1,500 Chinook quota. Vessels were limited to single daily landing and possession limits of 30 Chinook. By the end of fishing on June 17, an estimated 81% of the quota had been landed, and it is anticipated that landings today will meet or exceed the quota by the end of today. If any quota remains, it will be added to the July quota on an impact neutral basis; or if a quota overage occurred, it will be deducted from the July quota on an impact neutral basis. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/index.asp

Thursday, June 19

Imnaha River Spring Chinook Fishery – Season delay

Oregon Fishery managers announce the spring chinook season scheduled to open this Saturday, June 21 on the Imnaha River has been delayed awaiting the arrival of more hatchery-origin fish. Surveys indicate approximately 70 percent of the fish in the Imnaha River are of wild-origin and off limits to harvest.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/061914b.asp

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Monday, June 16

Puget Sound Smelt Fisheries

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approve regulations for recreational and commercial smelt fishing in Puget Sound in order to increase protection for the species.  The new policy: (1) Adds a 60,000-pound annual quota for the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery. (2) Reduces the commercial fishery by one day each week, allowing commercial fishing from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during seasonal openings in each area. (2) Closes inactive commercial smelt fisheries, including dip bag and purse seine, which have not been in use for at least 10 years. (3) Closes nighttime recreational dip net fishing. Recreational dip net fishing will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Jig gear can continue to be used seven days per week, 24 hours per day.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jun1614a/

 

 

 

Published government actions impacting fisheries for the week 6/9/14 through 6/15/14

NOAA/NMFS

Friday, June 13

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area – Amendment 105

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 105 which would establish a process for Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups and cooperatives established under the Amendment 80 Program (Amendment 80 cooperatives) to exchange harvest quota from one of three flatfish species (flathead sole, rocksole, and yellowfin sole) for an equal amount of another of these three flatfish species, while maintaining total catch below acceptable biological catch (ABC) limits for each species and below the sum of the total allowable catches (TACs) for all three species. This action would modify the annual harvest specification process to allow the Council to establish the maximum amount of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole that may be exchanged based on social, economic, or biological considerations. This action is necessary to mitigate the operational variability, environmental conditions, and economic factors that may constrain the CDQ groups and Amendment 80 cooperatives from achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield (OY) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, BSAI FMP, and other applicable laws.  Public comments will be received until on or before August 12, 2014.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-13/pdf/2014-13855.pdf

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Monday, June 9

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet Opening – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the set gillnet fishery in the Alsek River area is extended and will remain open through noon, June 10.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413708963.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery Announcement #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce a 96-hour extension to the current commercial salmon fishing period, from 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 9 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 in the following areas:  The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District; The Inner and Outer Ayakulik sections of the Southwest Kodiak District. Waters will remain open to the stream terminus of Ayakulik River (stream #256-201); and The Southeast Afognak Section of the Afognak District.   The following areas remain open until further notice:  The Inner Kitoi, Outer Kitoi, Duck Bay, and Izhut Bay sections of the Afognak  District; The Foul Bay Special Harvest Area; and The Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Area.  Fishermen are reminded that in the Kodiak Area, until further notice, Chinook (king) salmon 28 inches or greater in length may not be retained by purse seine gear in the commercial fishery and must be returned to the water unharmed. Listing of fisheries opening at noon June 5 and the length of season based upon area being fished.  See attached for season length in your fishing area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413801410.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #13; Summer Announcement # 7, District 5-D Subsistence Fishing Schedules Districts Affected: Upper Yukon Area

A subsistence salmon fishing closure is now being implemented as the first Chinook salmon begin migrating through Subdistrict 5-D. This closure is expected to be in place for most of the Chinook salmon.  See the attached link for Subsistence schedules for the Following areas within District 5-D:  Subdistrict 5-D Lower (from an ADF&G regulatory marker 2 miles downstream of Waldron Creek upstream to the Hadweenzic River and including all adjacent tributaries), Subdistrict 5-D Middle (from the Hadweenzic River upstream to 22 Mile Slough and including the Porcupine River and all other adjacent tributaries), and Subdistrict 5-D Upper (from 22 Mile Slough to the U.S./Canada border and including all adjacent tributaries).  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413989887.pdf

Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery – Announcement #5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce closure of subsistence fishing for king salmon with hook and line effective 6/10 from the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak to the Headwaters of the Kuskokwim River.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414061956.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #14; Summer Update #5, Yukon Area Salmon Fishery

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide a synopsis of all the management measures implemented for this fishery.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414196041.pdf

Tuesday, June 10

Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced opening of following area for commercial sale of geoduck clams between 9AM and 3PM on Wed 6/11 and Thurs, 6/12.  Subdistrict 103-70-003 in Steamboat Bay for the remaining 15,000 pounds.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414245922.pdf 

Juneau Area Summer personal use Red and Blue King Crab Fishery – Closure Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the summer personal use red and blue king crab season in Section 11-A will not open on July 1 as provided.  Once the 2014 survey data have been analyzed, a news release will be issued in early July 2014 explaining survey results and, if appropriate, announcing an opening date for the fishery, associated bag and pot limits, and information on obtaining a personal use fishing permit required to participate in the Section 11-A fishery.  Information regarding the red and blue king crab personal use fishery outside Section 11-A will be addressed in a separate news release.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414330813.pdf

Wednesday, June 11

Westside Salmon – Announcement #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information on subsistence and commercial fishing in the Nushagak District.  See link below for specifics.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414467085.pdf

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #11

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #11, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District; Coghill District; Eshamy District; Montague District; and Southwestern District.  See link below for specific opening dates and season length.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414583259.pdf

Chignik Commercial Salmon Fishery – Update #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided results of the first Chignik Lagoon test fishery.  The results indicate that there is not a substantial buildup of sockeye salmon within Chignik Lagoon. The next Chignik Lagoon test fishery is tentatively scheduled for the morning high tide on either June 14 or June 15.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414718765.pdf

Thursday, June 12

Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Fishing – Announcement #2

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that the hours of personal use set gillnet fishery at the mouth of the Kasilof River is open from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, from Sunday, June 15, 2014 through Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/414914691.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces:  (1) a 33-hour commercial salmon fishing period, from noon Saturday, June 14 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15 in the following areas:  The Eastside Kodiak District; The Southwest Afognak, Northwest Afognak, Pauls Bay, and Perenosa Bay sections of the Afognak District; The Uyak Bay, Zachar Bay, Spiridon Bay, Inner Uganik Bay, Terror Bay, Kizhuyak Bay, Sharatin Bay, and Anton Larsen Bay sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; and The Big River and Outer Kukak Bay sections of the Mainland District. (2) Closed waters will be reduced from noon Saturday, June 14 until 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15 in the following areas:  At Kaflia Creek (stream #262-301) to the stream terminus, at Saltery Creek (stream # 259-415) to the stream terminus.  (3) There will be a 48-hour extension to the current commercial salmon fishing period, from 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15 in the following areas: The Southeast Afognak Section of the Afognak District; The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District; and The Inner and Outer Ayakulik sections of the Southwest Kodiak District.  Waters will remain open to the stream terminus of Ayakulik River (stream #256-201). http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415158100.pdf

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon Fishery – Announcement #2

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provides an announcement for Egegik District and an update for Ugashik District commercial fishermen.  Commercial fishing with set gillnet gear will be permitted in the Egegik commercial district from 2:15 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. Monday June 16, 2014 …….an 8 hour period. Commercial fishing with drift gillnet gear will be permitted in the Egegik District from 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014….a 4 hour period.

The Ugashik district will remain closed on Monday June 16.  Fishermen in both districts should stand by at 12:00 noon on Monday June 16 for the next possible announcement.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415212348.pdf 

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet Fishery – Opening Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following information concerning the Yakutat Area commercial set gillnet fishery:  Alsek River: will be open from 12:01 p.m., 6/15 thru noon, 6/16; Yakutat Bay: will be open from 6:00 a.m., 6/15 thru 6:00 p.m., 6/17;  Dangerous River: will be open from 6:00 a.m., 6/15 thru 6:00 p.m. 6/17;  Lost River: will remain closed until further notice;  Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet: will be open from 6:00 a.m., 6/15 thru 6:00 p.m., 6/17; Yakutat Bay: will be open from 6:00 a.m., 6/15 thru 6:00 p.m., 6/17; Manby Shore-Outside Waters: will be open from 6:00 a.m., 6/15, thru 6:00 p.m., 6/17;  Subsistence Fishery: From the beginning of the commercial salmon net season through the end of the commercial salmon net season the weekly subsistence fishing period is from 6:00 a.m., Friday to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, unless extended by emergency order. This applies to each river and bay fishery individually. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415059745.pdf

Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the opening of the Southeast Alaska drift gillnet fishery, during the times and in the areas listed in the link below, beginning on Sunday, June 15, 2014. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415366793.pdf

Friday, June 13

Southeastern Alaska personal use Red and Blue King Crab Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the following re the opening of the 2014/2015 Southeast Alaska personal use red and blue king crab fishery outside of Section 11-A: (1) Port Frederick, Peril Strait, Seymour Canal, Gambier Bay, Pybus Bay, Holkham Bay, Lynn Sisters, and Excursion Inlet will remain closed. (2) Beginning at 12:01 a.m., 7/1 all areas open to personal use red and blue king crab fishing, outside of Sections 12-B, 15-B, and 15-C, will have a daily bag and possession limitof one red or blue king crab per day as prescribed in regulation when the regionwide harvestable biomass of mature red and blue king crab is below 200,000 pounds [5 AAC 77.664(a)(1)].  (3) Beginning at 12:01 a.m., 7/1, all areas open to personal use red and blue king crab fishing in Sections 12-B, 15-B, and 15-C will have a daily bag and possession limit of one red or blue king crab per day as prescribed in regulation when the regionwide harvestable biomass of mature red and blue king crab is below 200,000 pounds [5 AAC 77.664(b)].  See link below for additional information.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415470334.pdf

Nome Subdistrict Subsistence Salmon Fishing – Schedule

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Nome Subdistrict subsistence salmon gillnet fishing schedule effective 6/15.  The weekly gillnet fishing schedule for all marine waters of Nome Subdistrict west of Cape Nome is from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Saturday. Marine waters east of Cape Nome will remain open seven days a week for subsistence gillnet fishing. Gillnets up to 300 feet in length are allowed in marine waters. No drift netting is allowed.  The weekly gillnet fishing schedule for all fresh waters of the Nome Subdistrict is from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Saturday. The fresh water areas open to gillnet fishing are listed on the permit. Gillnets up to 50 feet in length are allowed. No more than one-half of any channel may be blocked by gillnets. No drift netting is allowed.  Beach seining is allowed during subsistence gillnet fishing periods from June 15 through July 25. Subsistence hook and line fishing is open at all times. Sport fish bag limits apply when subsistence fishing with hook and line outside of Nome Subdistrict subsistence areas.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415557862.pdf

Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing – Announcement #3

Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifies fishing time from 6 hours per day to 12 hours per day, or from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the remaining two fishing periods scheduled for the directed king salmon commercial set gillnet fishery in the Northern District of Upper Cook Inlet. The fishing periods affected by this announcement occur on Monday, 6/16 and Monday, 6/23.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415977863.pdf

Prince William Sound Commercial Weathervane Scallop Fishery – Closure

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the Prince William Sound Area commercial weathervane scallop season will be closed for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) biennially assesses weathervane scallops near Kayak Island. Recent surveys have documented a declining trend in weathervane scallop abundance and biomass in both the West Kayak Subsection (WKS) and the East Kayak Subsection (EKS). Commercial scallop fishing has been closed in the WKS since the 2010/11 season and in the EKS since the 2012/13 season. The most recent weathervane scallop assessment near Kayak Island was completed in May 2014.  The survey of the WKS and the EKS yielded estimated biomasses of 1.3 million and 1.1 million lb whole weight respectively. The age structure data indicates that 60% of the scallops in the WKS and 37% of the scallops in the EKS are aged 7 or less. While this suggests the potential for future recruitment to the fishery, there are currently low numbers of the large, older individuals which are targeted by the fishery.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415698119.pdf

Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery – News Release #6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information related to the following Districts:  Kamishak Bay, Southern, and Eastern.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415812644.pdf 

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery – Announcement #6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce newly adopted emergency regulations by the Alaska Board of Fisheries allow the use of dip nets to harvest chum and sockeye salmon for subsistence use while conserving king salmon by requiring release of all king salmon unharmed. The initial fishing schedule with this new gear type will be as follows: (1) Mouth of the Kuskokwim River to Tuluksak – Subsistence fishing with dip nets will be allowed for 12 hours daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning 6/15 until 6/30. Any king salmon caught in a dip net must be returned immediately to the water unharmed.  (2) Tuluksak to the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak – Subsistence fishing with dip nets will be allowed for 12 hours daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning 6/17 until 6/30. Any king salmon caught in a dip net must be returned immediately to the water unharmed.  See link below for definition of what comprises each area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416039459.pdf

Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery – Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce certain areas will remain open until further notice and provide a schedule of openings within the SE Alaska region.  See attached link for specific openings and restrictions (if any) in place for that area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416125630.pdf 

Prince William Sound Commercial Shrimp Pot Fishery Hours of Gear Operation Increased

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce hours of gear operation in the Prince William Sound commercial shrimp pot fishery are increased to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., effective 6:00 a.m. 6/14.  Currently, the reported harvest during the fourth period is approximately 5,815 lb of whole shrimp harvested by 12 vessels in 19 landings. Overall fishery harvest is approximately 46,096 lb harvested by 27 vessels in 154 landings. Average catch per unit effort (CPUE) is 1.59 lb of whole shrimp per pot. Other significant overall approximate harvests by statistical area include 6,933 lb from 486033, 4,810 lb from 486031, 4,711 lb from 486032, 4,535 from 486003 and 5,417 lb from 486004. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/415787023.pdf

Saturday, June 14

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #12

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #12, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District; Bering River District, Coghill District; Eshamy District; Unakwik District, Montague District; and Southwestern District.  The first pink and chum salmon aerial survey of the 2014 season for portions of Eastern, Northern and Southeastern districts is scheduled for early next week. See link below for specific opening dates and season length. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416250051.pdf 

Sunday, June 15

Westside Salmon – Announcement #4

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce subsistence fishing in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District will close at 1:00 a.m. 6/16 and will reopen in the Nushagak Section only at 10:00 p.m. June 16. Subsistence fishing is always allowed during open commercial periods. Subsistence fishing on the Dillingham beaches is not affected by this closure.  Subsistence catches this morning indicate a strong unfished pulse of king salmon has moved through the district. Escapement is still significantly ahead of schedule, therefore, commercial fishing with drift gillnets in the Nushagak District will open for 10 hours from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 6/16. Mesh size for this opening is restricted to 7.5 inch mesh or larger. By regulation the district is open to the king salmon line.  The set gillnet harvest ratio of sockeye to king salmon in the previous opening was over 30 to 1. Based on the 5AAC 06.361 Nushagak-Mulchatna King salmon management Plan (b)(3) if the ratio exceeds 2 sockeye per king salmon harvested, the gear type may be excluded from subsequent directed king salmon openings.  As previously announced, commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District will be allowed as follows: from 2:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. 6/15 and from 3:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. 6/16.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416345118.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces:  (1) a 48-hour extension to current commercial salmon fishing from 9:00 p.m. 6/15 to 9:00 p.m. 6/17 in the following areas – The Southwest and Southeast Afognak sections of the Afognak District; The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; and The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District.  (2) Closed waters will be reduced until 9:00 p.m. 6/15 in the following areas: At Kaflia Creek (stream #262-301) to the stream terminus; At Saltery Creek (stream # 259-415) to the stream terminus; and At Ayakulik River (stream #256-201) to the stream terminus. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416400840.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #15; Summer Announcement # 8, Koyukuk River, Innoko River, and District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedules.  Districts Affected: Yukon Area

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the following management measures:  (1) Koyukuk River:  Effective 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, subsistence salmon fishing will close to conserve Chinook salmon stocks in the Koyukuk River. (2) Innoko River: Effective 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, subsistence salmon fishing will close to conserve Chinook salmon stocks in the Innoko River. (3) District 4: Subsistence salmon fishing in District 4 is currently closed. However, the department will continue to monitor the summer chum salmon run to determine when fishing opportunities will be provided with fish wheels and dip nets. Similar to the last several years, fish wheels used for subsistence purposes will be required to be equipped with a chute or a live box. Fishermen will be required to closely attend to fish wheels while in operation and all Chinook salmon caught in fish wheels must be returned to the water alive. The department will notify fishermen by Monday June 23 concerning the subsistence salmon fishing schedules in the Koyukuk and Innoko Rivers and District 4.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/416564967.pdf 

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, June 10

Commission Action regarding Pacific Halibut sport fishing

Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.1(a)(1), the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is providing notice of proposed emergency regulatory action relating to Pacific halibut sport fishing. The objective of this regulation is to close the Pacific halibut sport fishing season during the month of August in conformance with federal regulations. http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2014/28_20emergencynotice.pdf 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Monday, June 9

Columbia River Compact – Actions taken

The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today and took the following actions:  Adoption of a commercial gillnet season for Treaty Indian Fisheries in Zone 6 from 6AM 6/10 through 6PM 6/12.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/CAN/14/140609_notice.pdf

Imnaha and Wallowa Rivers – Hatchery spring Chinook Fishery

The Imnaha and Wallowa rivers in Northeast Oregon will open to hatchery spring Chinook fishing Saturday, June 21.  The Imnaha River will be open from the mouth upstream 45 miles to Summit Creek Bridge. The Wallowa River will be open from the deadline at the lower end of Minam State Park upstream to the mouth of the Lostine River.  See link below for other information.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/060914c.asp

Tuesday, June 10

Lower Santiam River Trout and Steelhead fisheries – Increased limits

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it has increased the daily bag limit on adipose fin-clipped rainbow trout and steelhead in the Santiam River and the Little North Fork and North Fork rivers.  Under the new rules, anglers are permitted to keep up to five hatchery trout and an additional steelhead a day in the mainstem Santiam River, the North Fork to the markers upstream of Packsaddle Park, and in the South Fork to the markers below Foster Dam. There are no size restrictions on trout.  The steelhead bag limit is subject to aggregate limits for both steelhead and salmon. For example, under the new rule, an angler may keep up to four steelhead and salmon (of which a maximum of two may be salmon). http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/061014.asp

Wednesday, June 11

Columbia River Compact Agencies – Actions taken

The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today and took the following actions regarding summer Chinook fisheries:  (1) A non-Indian Commercial season for drift gill nets in Zones 1-5 for an 8 hour season beginning at 9PM on 6/16.  (2) Two commercial gillnet season for Treaty Indian Fisheries, each 3 ½ days beginning in Monday (6/16 and 6/23) ending Thursday (6/19 and 6/26).  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/CAN/14/140611_notice.pdf

Thursday, June 12

Commercial Salmon Troll – inseason actions

The commercial salmon fishery from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 17, with an open period landing and possession limit of 20 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area from Leadbetter Pt, WA to Cape Falcon, OR or into Garibaldi, OR. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/index.asp

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Wednesday, June 11

Fishing rules change June 12 on Cle Elum and Cooper lakes

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the following fishing rule changes on the aforementioned rivers: 1) Eliminates the 16 kokanee daily limit on Cle Elum Lake, and implements the statewide daily limit for trout, including kokanee, to five fish.  2) Adopt a minimum size limit of 9 inches and a maximum size limit of 15 inches for retention of kokanee in Cle Elum Lake and Cooper Lake.  https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1456

Thursday, June 12

Spring Chinook Fishery – Wenatchee River

Starting June 6, the Wenatchee River will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon for the first time in nearly two decades.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced openings on two sections of the river:  (1) From Washington State Parks foot bridge at Confluence Park (just upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam.  (2) From the confluence with Peshastin Creek to the downstream side of the confluence with the Icicle River and from that point to a marker on the opposite shore.  The fishery will be open seven days a week in both areas until further notice.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jun0514a/

Upper Klickitat River – hatchery reared adult spring chinook

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announce opening on the Klickitat River upstream to boundary markers below the salmon hatchery for hatchery adult spring chinook salmon effective June 7 through July 31.  https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1455

Published government actions impacting fisheries for the week 6/2/14 through 6/8/14

NOAA/NMFS

Tuesday, June 3

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area – Amendment 106

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 106 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. Amendment 106 to the FMP would allow the owner of an AFA vessel to rebuild or replace that vessel and would allow the owners of AFA catcher vessels that are inactive or obsolete to remove those vessels from the AFA fishery. This action is necessary to bring the FMP into conformity with the AFA as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Coast Guard Act), and to improve vessel safety and operational efficiency in the AFA fleet.  Public comments will be accepted until August 4.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-03/pdf/2014-12829.pdf

Thursday, June 5

Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in GOA Non-Pollock Trawl Fishery – Amendment 97

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 97 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). If approved, Amendment 97 would limit Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) in the Western and Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) non-pollock trawl fisheries. This action would establish separate Chinook salmon PSC annual limits for the non-pollock trawl catcher vessel (CV) and catcher/processor (C/P) sectors and a seasonal limit for the C/P sector. The CV sector PSC limit would be further divided between vessels participating in the Central GOA Rockfish Program and vessels not participating in the Central GOA Rockfish Program. If a sector reached its seasonal or annual Chinook salmon PSC limit, NMFS would prohibit further directed fishing for non-pollock groundfish by vessels in that sector for the remainder of the season or fishing year. This proposed action would also establish salmon retention and discard requirements for vessels, shoreside processors and stationary floating processors participating in the non-pollock groundfish fisheries. The combination of these retention requirements will enable accurate reporting of salmon in eLandings at the processor. Salmon accounting at a processor may assist the industry in tracking and cooperatively managing its Chinook salmon PSC. This action is necessary to minimize the catch of Chinook salmon to the extent practicable in the Western and Central GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. Amendment 97 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.  Comments on the amendment must be received on or before August 4, 2014.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-05/pdf/2014-13066.pdf

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Monday, June 2

Bristol Bay Eastside Salmon – Announcement #1

The date and time of the opening and closing of commercial fisheries in the following Districts:  Ugashik, Egegik, and Naknet/Kvichak.  Information provided on allowable fisheries scheduled for the week of June 16 – 20.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409143617.pdf

Yakutat Commercial set gillnet – Opening Announcement

The Alsek River set gillnet fishery is extended and will remain open through 12:00 noon, Tuesday, June 3.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411119694.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery Announcement #1

Listing of fisheries opening at noon June 5 and the length of season based upon area being fished.  See attached for season length in your fishing area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411260488.pdf

Southeast Alaska Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Announcement

The 2014/2015 commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Registration Area A (Southeastern Alaska) will open by regulation at 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  See attached for limitations and other management measures.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411365813.pdf

Yukon River summer salmon fishery news release #10

The 2014 Chinook and summer chum salmon runs are slowly beginning to build as indicated by assessment information at the Lower Yukon test fishery program. Catch rates have increased moderately during the course of the last week, most notably in the last several days. The department is anticipating that the 2014 salmon runs will be earlier than normal.   Initial test fishing began at Pilot Station on June 1. The project is expected to be fully operational by Wednesday June 4. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411496835.pdf

Tuesday, June 3

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #2

Notice of a 57 hour commercial salmon fishery between noon 6/5 through 9PM 6/7.  This is in addition to areas previously announced as open for commercial fishing.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411564307.pdf

Southeast Geoduck Clam Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced no geoduck fishery this week due to high levels of paralytic shellfish poison detected in this week’s geoduck samples. The next possible geoduck fishery for Southeast Alaska would begin on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411709101.pdf

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery – News Release #4

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game summarizes subsistence fishing restrictions implemented by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), to date, for the conservation Chinook salmon returning to the Kuskokwim River for the following areas:  Marine waters near the Kuskokwim River mouth; Coastal waters from Ishkowik River to Naskonat Peninsula; Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak to the Holitna River mouth; and Holitna River Mouth to the Headwaters of the Kuskokwim River.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411866632.pdf

2014 Kodiak Subsistence News Release #1

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that through 6/2, 7,818 sockeye salmon have been counted through Afognak River weir.   Normally by this date approximately only 9.7 percent of the escapement has passed the weir. In order to prevent a higher than desired sockeye salmon escapement into Afognak River, closed waters for subsistence salmon fishing will be reduced to the ADF&G subsistence markers located at the old bridge near the stream terminus at Afognak River in the Southeast Afognak Section at noon Thursday, June 5, 2014 until further notice.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411652473.pdf

Southeast Alaska Salmon Purse Seine Fishery – Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the following areas will be open to purse seining during the times and in the areas described in the attachment: District 2 and District 12.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/411943415.pdf

Wednesday, June 4

Bear Cove Special Harvest Area – Troll Fishery Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced king salmon 26 inches and greater may be retained by commercial trollers fishing in the Bear Cove Special Harvest Area (SHA) only, from June 5 through June 30, 2014.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412028352.pdf

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #9

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces fishery openings in the following Districts for commercial fishing.  See attachment below for dates and length of these scheduled seasons:  Copper River District, Coghill District, Eshamy District, Montague  District, and Southwestern District.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412286130.pdf

Thursday, June 5

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet Opening Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced short commercial opportunities for the following areas:  Alsek River, Yakutat Bay, and Dangerous River.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412406499.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #11; Summer Announcement # 5, Districts 5-A, 5-B and 5-C Subsistence Fishing Schedules Districts Affected: Upper Yukon Area

A subsistence salmon fishing closure is now being implemented as the first Chinook salmon begin migrating through Subdistricts 5-A, 5-B, and 5-C. This closure is expected to be in place for most of the Chinook salmon run and will be similarly implemented in Subdistrict 5-D based on migratory timing.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412541829.pdf

Aleutian Islands District State-Waters – Pacific Cod A Season Closure & B Season Opening Announced

The Aleutian Islands District state-waters Pacific cod A season guideline harvest level (GHL) of 12,504,712 pounds will not be reached by June 9, 2014; therefore, the A season will close by regulation in all state waters west of 170° W long at 11:59 p.m. on Monday , June 9, 2014. The state-waters Pacific cod B season will open in all state waters west of 170° W long at 12:01 a.m. on June 10, 2014.   The unharvested portion of the state-waters A season GHL will rollover to the state-waters B season.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412757311.pdf

Kodiak Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement #3

48 hour extensions to the following areas:  The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District; The Southeast Afognak Section of the Afognak District; The Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District; and The Inner and Outer Ayakulik sections of the Southwest Kodiak District. Waters will remain open to the stream terminus of Ayakulik River (stream #256-201).

 The following areas will close as scheduled at 9:00 p.m. Friday, June 6:  The Uyak Bay, Zachar Bay, Spiridon Bay, Inner Uganik Bay, Terror Bay, Kizhuyak Bay, Sharatin Bay, and Anton Larsen Bay sections of the Northwest Kodiak District.

The following areas remain open until further notice:  The Inner Kitoi, Outer Kitoi, Duck Bay, and Izhut Bay sections of the Afognak District; The Foul Bay Special Harvest Area; and The Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Area.

Fishermen are reminded that in the Kodiak Area, until further notice, Chinook (king) salmon 28 inches or greater in length may not be retained by purse seine gear in the commercial fishery and must be returned to the water unharmed.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412871270.pdf 

Friday, June 6

Yakutat Subsistence Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced effective immediately, the weekly subsistence period for all subsistence gear in Yakutat Bay will be from 12:01 a.m., Saturday through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413239921.pdf

Norton Sound Chinook Salmon – Restrictions

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced restrictions for the following areas re Norton Sound Chinook salmon subsistence fisheries beginning 12:01AM 6/9.  Check the link provided below for particulars on the following areas:  Subdistricts 2 and 3 (Golovin and Elim); Subdistrict 4 (Norton Bay), Subdistricts 5 and 6 (Shaktoolik and Unalakleet), and other Southern Norton Sound waters.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/412662347.pdf

Westside Salmon – Announcement #2

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information on commercial and subsistence fishing in the Nushagak District.  Commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District will be allowed as follows: from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. June 10, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. June 11, and from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. June 12.  Subsistence fishing in the Igushik Section of the commercial district will close at 1:00 p.m. June 15. Subsistence fishing is always allowed during open commercial periods. Subsistence fishing in the rest of the Nushagak District and on the Dillingham beaches is not affected by this closure.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413196447.pdf

Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery News Release #5

Information provided on the following districts:  Southern District, Eastern District, and Kamishak Bay District.  See link below for restrictions in each of the aforementioned areas.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413052271.pdf 

2014 Togiak Herring Season Summary

Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide a summary of the 2014 herring sac roe and spawn-on-kelp fisheries in the Togiak District, Bristol Bay.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413351565.pdf 

Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce certain areas will remain open until further notice and provide a schedule of openings within the SE Alaska region.  See attached link for specific openings and restrictions (if any) in place for that area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413487536.pdf

Saturday, June 7

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News Release #10

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces fishery openings in the following Districts for commercial fishing.  See attachment below for dates and length of these scheduled seasons:  Copper River District, Coghill District, Eshamy District, Montague  District, and Southwestern District.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413529127.pdf 

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #12; Summer Announcement # 6, Districts 1 and 2 Commercial and Subsistence Fishing Schedules Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

Both commercial and subsistence salmon fishing gear will be restricted to gear types that allow for the release of Chinook salmon.  Based on the preseason projection, a commercial and subsistence fishing schedule is being established early in the season for District 1 and District 2. Effective 12:00 noon Monday, June 9, commercial summer chum salmon fishing will open in District 1 and District 2 with beach seine and dip net gear only.  See link below for information on the following areas:  District 1 (including the Black River) Subsistence, District 1 (including the Black River) Commercial, District 2 Subsistence, and District 2 Commercial.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/413650447.pdf 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Monday, June 2

Columbia River Compact – Actions taken

The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today and took the following actions:  Adoption of a commercial drift net season in Zones 1-5 from 6AM 6/5 through 6PM 6/5.  Additionally, effective 12:01 AM 6/14 the retention of sturgeon in the John Day Pool and tributaries is prohibited. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/CAN/14/140603_notice.pdf

Thursday, June 5

Commercial Salmon Troll – inseason action

(1) The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 10, with an open period landing and possession limit of 40 Chinook salmon. (2) The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 10, with an open period landing and possession limit of 30 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 30 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.  NOTE: The Friday through Tuesday schedule will continue through June 30 unless modified by another inseason action. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/index.asp

Friday, June 6

Conservation/Management Plan for coastal salmon and steelhead

The Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management plan, which now becomes the state’s working document for managing salmon, steelhead and trout populations along most of the Oregon Coast.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/060614b.asp

Fishery Permit Review Board – Members wanted

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking new members to represent the public and commercial fishing interests on the commercial Fishery Permit Review Board. Persons interested should contact ODFW by July 11, 2014.  The permit review board evaluates limited entry permit denials made by ODFW and considers requests for permit transfers for the following commercial fisheries: sea urchin, roe herring, Columbia River gillnet salmon, ocean troll salmon, ocean shrimp/scallop, ocean crab, sardine, bay clam dive, brine shrimp, blue and black rockfish and nearshore fisheries. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/june/060614c.asp

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, June 3

Recreational and Commercial smelt fishing regulations – considering changes

On Friday, June 13, the commission will consider adopting new rules for commercial and recreational smelt fishing in Puget Sound. Options include: (1) No change, (2) Reduce both commercial and recreational use, and/or (3)Close commercial fishing, reduce recreational use.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jun0314a/

Thursday, June 5

Spring Chinook Fishery – Wenatchee River

Starting June 6, the Wenatchee River will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon for the first time in nearly two decades.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced openings on two sections of the river:  (1) From Washington State Parks foot bridge at Confluence Park (just upstream from the confluence with the Columbia River) to 400 feet below Dryden Dam.  (2) From the confluence with Peshastin Creek to the downstream side of the confluence with the Icicle River and from that point to a marker on the opposite shore.  The fishery will be open seven days a week in both areas until further notice.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jun0514a/

Upper Klickitat River – hatchery reared adult spring chinook

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announce opening on the Klickitat River upstream to boundary markers below the salmon hatchery for hatchery adult spring chinook salmon effective June 7 through July 31.  https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1455

Published government actions impacting fisheries for the week 5/26/14 through 6/1/14

NOAA/NMFS

Wednesday, May 28

Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Salmon Technical Team – Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The SAS and STT will hold the webinar on Thursday, June 12, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.  To attend the webinar, visit http://www.joinwebinar.com. Enter the webinar ID, which is 826–482–319, and your name and email address (required).  The SAS and STT will discuss items on the Pacific Council’s June meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Harvest Matrix Update and Columbia River Cormorant Management Plan. The SAS and STT may also address one or more of the Pacific Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-28/pdf/2014-12198.pdf

Thursday, May 29

Highly Migratory Species Management Team – Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public on Monday, June 16, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time.  The HMSMT will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda. These are: Update on Regulations and International Activities, Drift Gillnet Transition Issues, Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Process Confirmation, Initial Scoping of Biennial Specifications and Management Measures.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-29/pdf/2014-12483.pdf

June Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting – Agenda

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings June 18–25, 2014. The Council meeting will begin on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8 a.m., reconvening each day through Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  A proposed agenda is attached.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-29/pdf/2014-12482.pdf

Friday, May 30

Coastal Pelagic Fisheries – Proposed Rule re Pacific Sardine harvest levels

NMFS proposes to implement an annual catch limit (ACL), and associated annual reference points for Pacific sardine in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.  Public comments will be received through June 30.  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-30/pdf/2014-12461.pdf

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Tuesday, May 27

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News release #5

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #5, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District (5/29); Coghill District (5/29); Eshamy District (5/29); Montague District (6/2); and Southwestern District (6/2).  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/408702882.pdf

Southeast Geoduck Clam Fishery – Announcement

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced opening of following area for commercial sale of geoduck clams between 9AM and 3PM on Wed 5/28 and Thurs, 5/29.  Subdistrict 103-70-003 in Steamboat Bay for the remaining 20,000 pounds.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/408859897.pdf

2014 Norton Sound King Salmon Conservation Measures

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be managing Norton Sound salmon runs to conserve Chinook salmon in 2014. Chinook salmon runs have continued to be poor throughout western Alaska from Goodnews Bay to Norton Sound including the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers. There will be severe fishing restrictions in the Yukon and Kuskokwim areas in order to meet escapement goals and sustain Chinook salmon for the future. Restrictions are also anticipated in order to conserve Norton Sound Chinook salmon as they migrate through marine waters and return to natal rivers to spawn. Norton Sound Chinook salmon runs are also expected to be very poor. Sport fishing for Chinook salmon will be closed in all waters from Black Point to Point Romanof and from Rocky Point to Cape Denbigh.  See special notes on the following subjects:  Southern Norton Sound Black Point to Point Romanof, Northern Norton Sound Subdistricts 2 and 3,  and Koyuk, Shaktoolik and Unalakleet Community Meetings.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410598511.pdf

Wednesday, May 28

Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing – Announcement #2

Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces the closure of the Cook Inlet commercial smelt fishery for the 2014 season effective 9AM 5/28.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/408909339.pdf

Chignik Commercial Salmon Fishery – Update #1

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is soliciting vessel charters to conduct the 2014 Chignik Lagoon test fishery. Vessel operators must have a minimum of three years’ commercial fishing experience within Chignik Lagoon and contain a refrigerated seawater (RSW) system to chill the catch. Legal Chignik Lagoon seine gear is required, as is vessel compliance with U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and insurance requirements. The department will pay $1,800.00 per day for the 2014 test fishery. The first test fishery may take place as early as Tuesday, June 3.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409096273.pdf

Thursday, May 29

Chignik Commercial Salmon Fishery – Update #2

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be chairing a preseason fishery stakeholder’s meeting on Wednesday, June 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Chignik Lagoon Subsistence Building. The purpose of this meeting is to provide all interested parties an opportunity to discuss the upcoming salmon season with ADF&G staff and related industry.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409496314.pdf

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery – News Release #3

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce the following:  Marine waters near the Kuskokwim River mouth:  In order to conserve Chinook salmon, state waters of Kuskokwim Bay from a point east of the Ishkowik River at 59° 58.928ʹ N, 162° 40.659ʹ W to the northern boundary of District W-4 (at Weelung Creek) will be closed to subsistence fishing from 12:01 a.m. June 1, 2014 until further notice.  Clarification: State managed waters upstream of Aniak were incorrectly described in a previous news release.  From the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak to the Holitna River mouth: Effective 12:01 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014 subsistence fishing for non-salmon species with gillnets is restricted to gillnets with 4-inch or less mesh size not exceeding 60-feet in length and 45 meshes in depth.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409710250.pdf

Yakutat Commercial Set Gillnet Fishery – Opening Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today announced the following information concerning the Yakutat Area commercial set gillnet fishery:  Alsek River: will be open from 12:01 p.m., Sunday, June 1 through 12:00 noon, Monday, June 2.   http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409686440.pdf

Terminal Harvest Area Troll Fishery – Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today announced that king salmon 26 inches and greater may be retained by commercial trollers fishing in the following Terminal Harvest Areas (THA) only, from June 1 through June 30, 2014.  There are restrictions within each area so please consult the attached Announcement.  Neets Bay Terminal Harvest Area (101-95); Anita Bay Terminal Harvest Area (107-35); Port Armstrong Terminal Harvest Area (109-11); Hidden Falls Terminal Harvest Area (112-22); and Deep Inlet Terminal Harvest Area (113-38).  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409848315.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #8; Summer Announcement # 3, District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedules Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

A very conservative management approach has been initiated early this season to protect the entire Chinook salmon run, which is anticipated to be the worst on record. Subsistence fishing for salmon has been closed in the Lower Yukon Districts 1-3. This closure is being implemented as the first Chinook salmon begin migrating through District 4. This closure is expected to be in place for most of the Chinook salmon run and will be similarly implemented in upriver fishing districts and subdistricts based on migratory timing. However, management strategies may change based on inseason run assessment information. See attached for District 4 Subsistence Fishing Schedules. http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409919620.pdf

Friday, May 30

Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery – Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce certain areas will remain open until further notice and provide a schedule of openings within the SE Alaska region.  See attached link for specific openings and restrictions (if any) in place for that area.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410214771.pdf

Lower Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery – News Release #4

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provide information on the status of the commercial fisheries in the following areas:  Eastern District; Southern District and Kamishak Bay District.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410105820.pdf

2014 Yukon River Summer Salmon Fishery – News Release #9; Summer Announcement # 4, Districts 1, 2 and 3 Subsistence Fishing Schedules Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

The preseason outlook for the 2014 summer chum salmon run is projected to be 1.5 to 1.8 million fish and is anticipated to provide for escapement, a normal subsistence harvest, and a commercially harvestable surplus range of 500,000 to 800,000 fish. Initial management of the summer chum salmon run will be based on the expectation that the 2014 run size will likely be near the upper end of this range. See attached for list of current subsistence fishing schedules.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410332672.pdf

Saturday, May 31

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News release #6

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, in Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery News Release #6, announced fishery open dates and initial season lengths for the following districts:  Copper River District (6/2); Coghill District (6/2); Eshamy District (6/2); Montague District (6/2); and Southwestern District (6/2).  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410795816.pdf

Prince William Sound Salmon Fishery – News release #7

This announcement highlights closed waters in the vicinity of select streams in Prince William Sound. A list of Latitude/Longitude points is being provided to identify select streams within and around which are closed to commercial fishing.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410824174.pdf

Kuskokwim Area Marine Waters and Districts W-4 and W-5 King Salmon Conservation Measures

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will be managing Kuskokwim Area salmon fisheries to conserve Chinook salmon in 2014. Chinook salmon runs have continued to be poor throughout western Alaska from Goodnews Bay to Norton Sound including the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers. There will be fishing restrictions in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers and Norton Sound in order to meet escapement goals and sustain Chinook salmon for the future. Restrictions have been implemented in coastal marine waters from Naskonat Peninsula to Point Romanzof in the Yukon Area in order to conserve Chinook salmon as they migrate through marine waters and return to natal rivers to spawn.  The attached noticed provides information for the following areas:  Kuskokwim River to Naskonat Peninsula; District W-4, Quinhagak; and District W-5, Goodnews Bay.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/410904773.pdf

Sunday, June 1

Sand Point Commercial Salmon Fishery – Announcement 1

Provides openings for the South Unimak and Shumagin Islands June fisheries broken down by gear type.  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/409551266.pdf

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, May 27

Columbia River Compact – Actions taken

The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met today and took the following actions:  Adoption of a 12 hour commercial fishery in Zones 1-5 from 6PM 5/28 through 6AM 5/29 for adipose fin-clipped salmon and shad; Treaty Indian Fisheries – adoption of a commercial gillnet season from 6AM 5/28 through 6PM 5/31 in Zone 6; Recreational fisheries – adoption of a recreational fishery above Bonneville Dam from 5/31 through 6/15.  See notice below for limits, etc.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/CAN/14/140527_notice.pdf

No Fishing license needed – notice

Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 7-8, and for those two days you won’t need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/may/052814c.asp

Wednesday, May 28

John Day River Chinook fishery – Extension of season

The upper John Day River will remain open to spring Chinook fishing through Sunday, June 15 under temporary rules announced today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2014/may/052914.asp

Thursday, May 29

Commercial Salmon Troll – inseason actions

Re Pacific Halibut:  (1) Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas North of Cape Falcon, Oregon are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut per trip effective 12:01 AM Friday, May 30.  (2) Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas South of Cape Falcon, Oregon are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut per trip effective 11:59 PM Friday, May 30.  Beginning 12:01 AM Saturday, May 31, any vessels in possession of more than 1 Pacific Halibut must cease all fishing activities until Pacific Halibut in excess of 1 have been landed and delivered. All Pacific Halibut, in excess of 1 per trip, must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM, Saturday, May 31.

Re reopening of certain areas:  (1) The commercial salmon fishery from the Queets River to Cape Falcon will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3, with an open period landing and possession limit of 50 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of Leadbetter Pt., WA must land their catch north of Leadbetter Pt.; vessels in possession of salmon between Leadbetter Pt., WA and Cape Falcon, OR must land their catch within the area or into Garibaldi, OR.  (2) The commercial salmon fishery from the U.S./Canada border to Queets River (Washington state marine areas 3 and 4) will reopen at 12:01 am, Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3, with an open period landing and possession limit of 40 Chinook salmon.  Vessels in possession of salmon north of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels in possession of salmon south of the Queets River may not cross the Queets River line without first notifying WDFW at 360-902-2739 with area fished, total Chinook and halibut catch aboard, and destination.  Vessels may not possess or land more than 40 Chinook salmon north of the Queets River.  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/index.asp

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, May 27

No Fishing license needed – notice

Free Fishing Weekend in Washington is June 7-8, and for those two days you won’t need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/may2714b/

Thursday, May 29

Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting – Agenda

Topics of interest include:  Update on the Biological Status of the Pinto Abalone – Briefing; Puget Sound Smelt Fishery Regulation Proposals – Decision; and Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan – Briefing.   http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2014/06/agenda_jun1314.html

Friday, May 30

Spring Chinook on Snake River – Reopening

Two sections of the Snake River (below Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Granite Dam) will reopen to fishing for spring chinook salmon June 1, while two other sections of the river (below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) will reopen June 5.  The sections of the river below Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Granite Dam are scheduled to be open Sunday through Tuesday each week. The river below Little Goose Dam and in the Clarkston area will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.  All four sections will be open on their weekly schedule until further notice.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/may3014a/

Recreational non-spot shrimp fishing in several areas of Puget Sound – Reopening

Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.  Effective date: June 1, 2014/  https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1451