Current Season Management: 2014 Preseason Process for Salmon Management

Public Hearings

The Council will sponsor public hearings to review the Council’s proposed regulatory management alternatives at the following locations and dates: Westport, Washington (March 24); Coos Bay, Oregon (March 24); and Santa Rosa, California (March 25). Comments on the proposed management alternatives will also be taken during the April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

2014 Management Schedule

2014 Management Schedule
Jan. 21-24, 2014 The Salmon Technical Team (STT) meet in Portland, Oregon to draft The Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document Review of 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries.  This report summarizes seasons, quotas, harvest, escapement, socioeconomic statistics, achievement of management goals, and impacts on species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  (Available mid-February.)
Feb. 18-21 STT meets in Portland, Oregon to complete Preseason Report I Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations.  This report provides key salmon stock abundance estimates and level of precision, harvest, and escapement estimates when recent regulatory regimes are projected on 2014 abundance, and other pertinent information to aid development of management options (Available early March).
Feb. 25 through Mar. 7 State and tribal agencies hold constituent meetings to review preseason abundance projections and range of probable fishery options.
Mar. 8-13 Council and advisory entities meet at the DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento, California to adopt 2014 regulatory alternatives for public review.  The Council addresses inseason action for fisheries opening prior to May 1 and adopts preliminary alternatives on March 9, adopts tentative alternatives for STT analysis on March 10, and final alternatives for public review on March 13.
Mar. 12-16 The STT completes Preseason Report II:  Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations (Available March 21).
Mar. 12-Apr. 2 Management agencies, tribes, and public develop their final recommendations for the regulatory alternatives.  North of Cape Falcon Forum meetings are tentatively scheduled for March 17-18 and March 31-April 2.
Mar. 21 Council staff distributes Preseason Report II:  Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations to the public.  The report includes the public hearing schedule, comment instructions, alternative highlights, and tables summarizing the biological and economic impacts of the proposed management alternatives.
Mar. 24-25 Sites and dates of public hearings to review the Council’s proposed regulatory options are:  Westport, Washington (March 24); Coos Bay, Oregon (March 24); and Santa Rosa, California (March 25).  Comments on the alternatives will also be taken during the April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.
Apr. 5-10 Council and advisory entities meet to adopt final regulatory measures at the  Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington. Preseason Report II:  Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations, results from the public hearings, and information developed at the Council meeting are considered during the course of the week.  The Council will tentatively adopt final regulatory measures for analysis by the STT on April 5.  Final adoption of recommendations to NMFS is tentatively scheduled to be completed on April 8.
Apr. 11-20 The STT and Council staff completes Preseason Report III:  Analysis of Council-Adopted Management Measures for and Environmental Assessment Part 3 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations (Available April 21).  Council and NMFS staff completes required National Environmental Policy Act documents for submission.
Apr. 21 Council staff distributes adopted ocean salmon fishing management recommendations, and Preseason Report III is available to the public.
May 1 NMFS implements Federal ocean salmon fishing regulations.

For further information about the salmon management process work sessions and hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner by calling (503) 820-2280 ext. 414, or toll free 1-866-806-7204.