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NOAA Fisheries

PNW - Southern Oregon / Northern California Coast Coho Working Group

NOAA Fisheries announces formation of a Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) joint workgroup assessing the impacts of Council-area salmon fisheries on Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast.

NOAA Fisheries announces formation of a Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) joint workgroup assessing the impacts of Council-area salmon fisheries on Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon.

The workgroup also includes representatives of West Coast tribes, the states of Oregon and California, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The public is welcome at all workgroup meetings. The workgroup will re-examine the PFMC’s salmon harvest management measures and the potential impacts to SONCC coho.

The workgroup will re-examine the PFMC’s salmon harvest management measures and the potential impacts to SONCC coho. The workgroup’s findings will inform NMFS’ potential need for reinitiating consultation under the ESA, wherein NMFS will determine whether the fisheries jeopardize the continued existence of SONCC coho in light of new information about any potentially newly proposed control rules for governing their limitations in fisheries where they are encountered.

Every meeting of the workgroup is open to the public. The workgroup may provide time for public comments at its meetings at the discretion of the workgroup chair, as time allows, and will also provide opportunities for written input. To be of most value to the workrgroup, public input should specifically address the issue of salmon fisheries’ effects on SONCC coho and possible management actions to limit those impacts.

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