[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 228 (Tuesday, November 26, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 70509-70514]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28316]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

[Docket No. 130108020-3409-01]
RIN 0648-XC964


Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast 
Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions 
12 Through 34

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Modification of fishing seasons; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NOAA Fisheries announces 23 inseason actions in the ocean 
salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and 
recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border 
to the U.S./Mexico Border.

DATES: The effective dates for the inseason actions are set out in this 
document under the heading Inseason Actions. Comments will be accepted 
through December 11, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, 
by any one of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0248, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Mail: William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-6349
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Peggy Mundy.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In the 2013 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries 
(78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), NMFS announced the commercial and 
recreational fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada Border to the 
U.S./Mexico Border, beginning May 1, 2013, and 2014 salmon seasons 
opening earlier than May 1, 2014. NMFS is authorized to implement 
inseason management actions to modify fishing seasons and quotas as 
necessary to provide fishing opportunity while meeting management 
objectives for the affected species (50 CFR 660.409). Inseason actions 
in the salmon fishery may be taken directly by NMFS (50 CFR 
660.409(a)--Fixed inseason management provisions) or upon consultation 
with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the 
appropriate State Directors (50 CFR 660.409(b)--Flexible inseason 
management provisions).
    Management of the salmon fisheries is generally divided into two 
geographic

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areas: North of Cape Falcon (U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon) 
and south of Cape Falcon (Cape Falcon, Oregon to the U.S./Mexico 
Border).
    The fisheries affected by the inseason actions in this document are 
all based on quotas to manage impacts on specific salmon stocks that 
constrain fisheries to meet conservation objectives, annual catch 
limits (ACLs), and consultation standards for stocks listed under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA-listed). Annual management measures allow 
for adjusting quotas among fishing periods on an impact neutral basis, 
as calculated by the Salmon Technical Team (STT).

Inseason Actions

    The table below lists the inseason actions announced in this 
document in the order the actions were adopted, although the effective 
dates of the actions do not necessarily maintain the same chronological 
order.

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    Inseason action No.                    Effective date                        Salmon fishery affected
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12.........................  July 12, 2013.............................  Commercial fishery from the Queets
                                                                          River, Washington to Cape Falcon,
                                                                          Oregon.
13.........................  July 19, 2013.............................  Recreational fishery from Queets River,
                                                                          Washington to Leadbetter Point,
                                                                          Washington (Westport subarea).
14.........................  July 21, 2013.............................  Commercial fishery from the Oregon/
                                                                          California Border to Humboldt South
                                                                          Jetty (California Klamath Management
                                                                          Zone or CA-KMZ).
15.........................  July 3, 2013..............................  Commercial fishery from the U.S./Canada
                                                                          Border to Queets River, Washington.
16.........................  August 1, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the U.S./Canada
                                                                          Border to the U.S./Mexico Border.
17.........................  August 1, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the Oregon/
                                                                          California Border to Humboldt South
                                                                          Jetty (California Klamath Management
                                                                          Zone or CA-KMZ).
18.........................  August 4, 2013............................  Recreational fishery from Queets River,
                                                                          Washington to Leadbetter Point,
                                                                          Washington (Westport subarea).
19.........................  August 3, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the Oregon/
                                                                          California Border to Humboldt South
                                                                          Jetty (California Klamath Management
                                                                          Zone or CA-KMZ).
20.........................  August 3, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from Humbug
                                                                          Mountain, Oregon to the Oregon/
                                                                          California Border (Oregon Klamath
                                                                          Management Zone or OR-KMZ).
21.........................  August 9, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the Queets
                                                                          River, Washington to Cape Falcon,
                                                                          Oregon.
22.........................  August 9, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the U.S.Canada
                                                                          Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
23.........................  August 9, 2013............................  Commercial fishery from the U.S./Canada
                                                                          Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
24.........................  August 10, 2013...........................  Commercial fishery from Cape Falcon,
                                                                          Oregon to the U.S./Mexico Border.
25.........................  August 10, 2013...........................  Recreational fishery from U.S./Canada
                                                                          Border to Cape Alava, Washington (Neah
                                                                          Bay subarea) and Cape Alava to Queets
                                                                          River, Washington (La Push subarea).
26.........................  September 1, 2013.........................  Recreational fishery from Cape Falcon,
                                                                          Oregon to Humbug Mountain, Oregon.
27.........................  August 15, 2013...........................  Commercial fishery from the U.S./Canada
                                                                          Border to Queets River, Washington.
28.........................  August 23, 2013...........................  Commercial fishery from Queets River to
                                                                          Cape Falcon, Oregon.
29.........................  August 23, 2013...........................  Recreational fishery from the U.S./
                                                                          Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
30.........................  August 28, 2013...........................  Commercial and Recreational fisheries
                                                                          from the U.S./Canada Border to Cape
                                                                          Falcon, Oregon.
31.........................  August 30, 2013...........................  Commercial fishery from Queets River,
                                                                          Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
32.........................  September 1, 2013.........................  Recreational fishery from Queets River,
                                                                          Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
33.........................  September 6, 2013.........................  Commercial fishery from Queets River,
                                                                          Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon.
34.........................  September 12, 2013........................  Recreational fishery from Cape Falcon,
                                                                          Oregon to Humbug Mountain, Oregon.
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Inseason Action 12

    The Regional Administrator (RA) consulted with representatives of 
the Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and 
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) on July 11, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery north 
of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 12 adjusted the landing limit 
for Chinook salmon in the commercial salmon fishery from the Queets 
River to Cape Falcon. This action was taken to allow increased access 
to salmon within the available quota. On July 11, 2013, the states 
recommended increasing the Chinook salmon landing limit from 50 Chinook 
salmon per vessel per open period to 100 Chinook salmon per vessel per 
open period in the commercial fishery from Queets River to Cape Falcon; 
the RA concurred. Inseason action 12 took effect on July 12, 
2013 and remained in effect until superseded by inseason action 
21 which took effect on August 9, 2013. Inseason action to 
modify retention regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 13

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on July 15, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the recreational salmon fishery 
north of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 13 adjusted the days of 
week for the recreational salmon fishery in the Westport subarea from 5 
days per week (Sunday through Thursday) to 7 days per week. This action 
was taken to allow increased access to salmon within the available 
quota. On July 15, 2013, the states recommended increasing the days per 
week the recreational fishery was open in the Westport subarea; the RA 
concurred. Inseason action 13 took effect on July 19, 2013 and 
remained in effect to the end of the season. Inseason action to modify 
recreational fishing days per calendar week is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(iii).

Inseason Action 14

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) on July 19, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery in 
the CA-KMZ. Inseason action 14 closed the commercial salmon 
fishery in the CA-KMZ at 11:59 p.m., July 21, 2013. This action was 
taken to prevent exceeding the July quota for Chinook salmon in the 
area. On July 19, 2013, the states recommended closing the fishery; the 
RA concurred. Inseason action 14 took effect on July 21, 2013 
and remained in effect through July 31, 2013. Inseason action to close 
a fishery when the quota is projected to be caught is authorized by 50 
CFR 660.409(a)(1).

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Inseason Action 15

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on July 25, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery north 
of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 15 adjusted the landing limit 
for Chinook salmon in the commercial salmon fishery north of Queets 
River from 50 Chinook salmon to 40 Chinook salmon, per vessel per open 
period. This action was taken to conserve available Chinook salmon 
quota in the area. On July 25, 2013, the states recommended this 
action; the RA concurred. Inseason action 15 took effect on 
July 26, 2013 and remained in effect until the fishery north of Queets 
River was closed on August 15, 2013 by inseason action 27. 
Inseason action to modify retention regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 16

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on July 25, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date of halibut caught incidental to the commercial salmon 
fishery north and south of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 16 
adjusted the landing and possession limit for incidental halibut from 
15 halibut per trip to 5 halibut per trip. This action was taken to 
slow landings of incidental halibut to avoid exceeding the quota set by 
the International Pacific Halibut Commission. On July 25, 2013, the 
states recommended this action; the RA concurred. Inseason action 
16 took effect on August 1, 2013 and remained in effect until 
superseded by inseason action 23 on August 9, 2013. Inseason 
action to modify retention regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 17

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 
CDFW on July 26, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
Chinook salmon landings in the CA-KMZ and remaining quota available to 
transfer to August. Inseason action 17 adjusted the commercial 
salmon quota for August in the CA-KMZ from 1,500 Chinook salmon to 
1,692 Chinook salmon. This action was taken to allow access to 
unutilized quota from the July fishery within allowable impacts to 
constraining stocks. The July fishery had an adjusted quota of 2,547 
Chinook salmon; actual landings in July were estimated to be 2,302 
Chinook salmon; therefore, 245 Chinook salmon quota from July remained. 
The STT calculated that transferring 245 Chinook salmon from the July 
fishery to the August fishery in the CA-KMZ on an impact-neutral basis 
for Klamath River fall Chinook salmon (KRFC) would result in an 
addition of 192 Chinook salmon to the August quota, which was set 
preseason at 1,500 Chinook salmon. KRFC is the constraining stock for 
CA-KMZ fisheries to meet ACLs and is used as a surrogate for impacts to 
ESA-listed California coastal Chinook salmon. On July 26, 2013, the 
states recommended adopting an adjusted quota of 1,692 Chinook salmon 
for the August commercial fishery in the CA-KMZ; the RA concurred. 
Inseason action 17 took effect on August 1, 2013 and remained 
in effect through August 31, 2013. Inseason action to modify quotas 
and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

Inseason Action 18

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 1, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the recreational salmon fishery 
north of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 18 modified the daily 
bag limit in the recreational salmon fishery in the Westport subarea to 
allow retention of up to two Chinook salmon per day; previously, 
retention of only one Chinook salmon per day was allowed. This action 
was taken to allow greater access to available Chinook salmon quota. On 
August 1, 2013, the states recommended this action; the RA concurred. 
Inseason action 18 took effect on August 4, 2013 and remained 
in effect to the end of the season. Inseason action to modify 
recreational bag limits is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(iii).

Inseason Action 19

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 
CDFW on August 2, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery in 
the CA-KMZ. Inseason action 19 closed the commercial salmon 
fishery in the CA-KMZ at 11:59 p.m., August 3, 2013. This action was 
taken to prevent exceeding the August quota for Chinook salmon in the 
area. On August 2, 2013, the states recommended closing the fishery; 
the RA concurred. Inseason action 19 took effect on August 3, 
2013 and remained in effect through August 31, 2013. Inseason action to 
close a fishery when the quota is projected to be caught is authorized 
by 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1).

Inseason Action 20

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 
CDFW on August 2, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
Chinook salmon landings in the OR-KMZ in June and July, and remaining 
quota available to transfer from July to August. Salmon management 
measures allow for transferring unused quota in the OR-KMZ from one 
fishing period to the next; such adjustments are made on an impact-
neutral basis to account for impacts on constraining stocks. KRFC is 
the constraining stock for OR-KMZ fisheries to meet ACLs and as a 
surrogate for impacts to ESA-listed California coastal Chinook salmon. 
Inseason action 20 adjusted the commercial salmon quotas for 
July and August in the OR-KMZ and supersedes inseason action 
10 (76 FR 50347). This action was taken to allow access to 
unutilized quota from the June and July fisheries within allowable 
impacts to constraining stocks.
    Inseason action 10, which took effect on July 3, 2013 (76 
FR 50347), adjusted the July quota for the commercial salmon fishery in 
the OR-KMZ, based on remaining quota from June. Catch data available at 
the time of the consultation for inseason action 10 (July 3, 
2013) indicated 1,525 of the 4,000 Chinook salmon quota for June was 
caught, leaving 2,475 Chinook salmon quota remaining; the STT 
calculated the impact neutral rollover to July at 1,782 Chinook salmon. 
Inseason action 10 adjusted the July quota from 3,000 Chinook 
salmon to 4,782, accordingly. During the August 2 consultation for 
inseason action 20, updated catch information from June was 
provided; corrected catch for June was 1,556 Chinook salmon, rather 
than 1,525, leaving 2,444 Chinook salmon remaining on the June quota 
rather than 2,475. The STT calculated the revised impact neutral 
rollover to July at 1,760. Therefore, the revised adjusted July quota 
was 4,760 Chinook salmon.
    July landings were estimated to be 3,962 Chinook salmon; therefore, 
798 Chinook salmon from the July quota remained. The STT calculated 
that transferring 798 Chinook salmon from the July fishery to the 
August fishery in the OR-KMZ on an impact neutral basis for KRFC would 
result in an addition of 714 Chinook salmon to the August quota, which 
was set preseason at 2,000 Chinook salmon.
    On August 2, 2013, the states recommended adopting a revised

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adjusted quota of 4,760 Chinook salmon for July and an adjusted quota 
of 2,714 Chinook salmon for August in the commercial fishery in the OR-
KMZ; the RA concurred. Inseason action 20 took effect on 
August 2, 2013 and remained in effect to the end of the season. 
Inseason action to modify quotas and/or fishing seasons is authorized 
by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

Inseason Action 21

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on August 8, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery north 
of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 21 adjusted the landing limit 
for Chinook salmon in the commercial salmon fishery from Queets River 
to Cape Falcon from 100 Chinook salmon to 150 Chinook salmon per vessel 
per open period. This action superseded inseason action 12, 
and was taken to taken to allow increased access to salmon within the 
available quota. On August 8, 2013, the states recommended increasing 
the Chinook salmon landing limit from 100 Chinook salmon per vessel per 
open period to 150 Chinook salmon per vessel per open period in the 
commercial fishery from Queets River to Cape Falcon; the RA concurred. 
Inseason action 21 took effect on August 9, 2013 and remained 
in effect until superseded by inseason action 28 which took 
effect on August 23, 2013. Inseason action to modify retention 
regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 22

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on August 8, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the commercial salmon fishery north 
of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 22 adjusted the landing limit 
for coho salmon in the commercial salmon fishery from U.S./Canada 
Border to Cape Falcon from 40 to 80 marked coho per vessel per open 
period. This action was taken to allow increased access to salmon 
within the available quota. On August 8, 2013, the states recommended 
the adjustment to the coho landing limit in the commercial salmon 
fishery north of Cape Falcon from 40 to 80 marked coho per vessel per 
open period; the RA concurred. Inseason action 22 took effect 
on August 9, 2013 and remained in effect until superseded by inseason 
action 28 which took effect on August 23, 2013. Inseason 
action to modify retention regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Actions 23 and 24

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on August 8, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date of halibut caught incidental to the commercial salmon 
fishery north and south of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 23 
closed retention of incidental halibut north of Cape Falcon effective 
August 9, 2013, the start of a new fishing period north of Cape Falcon. 
Inseason action 24 closed retention of incidental halibut 
south of Cape Falcon effective August 10, 2013 and required landing and 
delivery of incidental halibut to be completed by 11:59 p.m., August 
11, 2013; the fishery south of Cape Falcon was open seven days per 
week, and required time for vessels to return to port to land the 
catch. These actions were taken due to projected attainment of the 
quota set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. On August 8, 
2013, the states recommended these actions; the RA concurred. Inseason 
action 23 took effect on August 9, 2013 and Inseason action 
24 took effect on August 10; both inseason actions remained in 
effect until the end of the season. Inseason action to close a fishery 
when the quota is projected to be caught is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(a)(1).

Inseason Action 25

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on August 8, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and fishery effort in the recreational salmon fishery 
north of Cape Falcon. Inseason action 25 modified the bag 
limit in the recreational salmon fishery in the Neah Bay and La Push 
subareas to allow retention of no more than one Chinook salmon per day; 
previously the regulations allowed retention of two Chinook salmon per 
day. This action was taken to conserve remaining Chinook salmon quota 
in these areas. On August 8, 2013, the states recommended this action; 
the RA concurred. Inseason action 25 took effect on August 10, 
2013 and remained in effect until superseded by inseason action 
29 on August 23, 2013. Inseason action to modify recreational 
bag limits is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(iii).

Inseason Action 26

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, ODFW, 
and CDFW on August 8, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
quota remaining from the July mark-selective recreational coho fishery 
from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border. The annual management 
measures stated that remaining coho quota from the July mark-selective 
fishery would be transferred on an impact-neutral basis to the 
September non-selective coho quota from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. 
The July mark-selective fishery had a quota of 10,500 marked coho 
salmon; 6,580 marked coho were caught, leaving 3,920 on the July mark-
selective coho quota. The STT calculated that transferring 3,920 mark-
selective coho from July to the September non-mark-selective fishery on 
an impact-neutral basis for Oregon coast and lower Columbia River 
natural coho stocks would result in adding 3,580 to the September 
quota. Inseason action 26 adjusted the non-mark-selective coho 
quota, set preseason at 16,000, to 19,580 for the September 
recreational fishery in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. 
This action was taken to allow access to unutilized coho salmon quota 
from the July mark-selective fishery, on an impact-neutral basis. On 
August 8, 2013, the states recommended adjusting the non-mark-selective 
coho quota from 16,000 to 19,580 for the September recreational salmon 
fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain; the RA concurred. Inseason 
action 26 took effect on September 1, 2013 and remained in 
effect until the end of the season. Inseason action to modify quotas 
and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

Inseason Action 27

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 15, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and effort in the commercial salmon fishery north of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 27 closed the commercial salmon 
fishery from U.S./Canada Border to Queets River on August 15, 2013. 
This action was taken to prevent exceeding the Chinook salmon quota in 
the area. On August 15, 2013 the states recommended closing the 
commercial salmon fishery north of Queets River immediately to prevent 
exceeding the area quota; the RA concurred. Inseason action 27 
took effect on August 15, 2013 and remained in effect until the end of 
the season. Inseason action to

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close a fishery when the quota is projected to be caught is authorized 
by 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1).

Inseason Action 28

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 22, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and effort in the commercial salmon fishery north of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 28 closed the commercial salmon 
fishery from Queets River to Cape Falcon on August 23, 2013. This 
action was taken to prevent exceeding the Chinook salmon quota in the 
area and permit the states to update landing data to properly assess 
remaining quota. On August 22, 2013, the states recommended closing the 
commercial salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon to prevent exceeding the 
area quota; the RA concurred. Inseason action 28 took effect 
August 23, 2013 and remained in effect until superseded by inseason 
action 31, which took effect August 30, 2013. Inseason action 
to close a fishery when the quota is projected to be caught is 
authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(a)(1).

Inseason Action 29

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 22, 2013.
    The information considered during this consultation related to 
catch-to-date and effort in the recreational salmon fishery north of 
Cape Falcon. Inseason action 29 changed the daily bag limits 
in the recreational salmon fisheries in Columbia River, Neah Bay, and 
La Push subareas to allow retention of two Chinook salmon; previously 
these fisheries allowed retention of one Chinook salmon. Inseason 
action 29 superseded inseason action 25 for Neah Bay 
and La Push subareas. This action was taken to allow greater access to 
available Chinook salmon quota in the recreational fishery. On August 
22, 2013 the states recommended these bag limit changes; the RA 
concurred. Inseason action 29 took effect August 23, 2013 and 
remained in effect for the rest of the season. Inseason action to 
modify recreational bag limits is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(iii).

Inseason Action 30

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 28, 2013.
    Inseason action 30 adjusted quotas in the commercial and 
recreational fisheries north of Cape Falcon by transferring available 
quotas between the commercial and recreational fisheries on an impact-
neutral basis as determined by the STT. Quota may be transferred 
between the recreational and commercial fisheries north of Cape Falcon 
if there is agreement among the areas' representatives on the Salmon 
Advisory Subpanel (SAS), and if the transfer would not result in 
exceeding the preseason impact expectations on any stocks (78 FR 25865, 
May 3, 2013). The SAS agreed to transfer 3,200 Chinook salmon from the 
recreational fishery quota to the commercial fishery quota; the STT 
calculated the impact-equivalent transfer as 2,000 Chinook salmon added 
to the commercial fishery quota. The SAS agreed to transfer 4,000 
marked coho salmon from the commercial fishery quota to the 
recreational fishery quota; the STT determined that no impact-
equivalent adjustment was required. The SAS agreed to distribute the 
transferred coho quota among the subareas as follows: 1,000 to Columbia 
River subarea, 1,480 to Westport subarea, 1,100 to La Push subarea, and 
420 to Neah Bay subarea. These actions were taken to extend the 
commercial and recreational fishing seasons north of Cape Falcon 
without exceeding the available quotas; without these quota transfers, 
some fisheries would close earlier than planned preseason. On August 
28, 2013, the states recommended these quota transfers; the RA 
concurred. Inseason action took effect August 28, 2013 and remained in 
effect through the end of the season. Inseason action to modify quotas 
and/or fishing seasons is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i).

Inseason Action 31

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 28, 2013.
    The information considered in this consultation related to catch-
to-date and effort in the commercial salmon fishery north of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 31 reopened the commercial salmon 
fishery from Queets River to Cape Falcon, Friday through Tuesday, 
beginning August 30, 2013, with a landing and possession limit of 35 
Chinook salmon and 40 marked coho per vessel per open period. This 
action superseded inseason action 28 which closed the fishery 
on August 23 until quota could be adjusted under inseason action 
30. On August 28, 2013 the states recommended reopening the 
commercial salmon fishery; the RA concurred. Inseason action 
31 took effect on August 30, 2013 and remained in effect until 
superseded by inseason action 33 on September 6, 2013. 
Inseason action to modify fishing seasons and retention regulations is 
authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(i) and 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 32

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on August 28, 2013.
    The information considered in this consultation related to catch-
to-date and effort in the recreational salmon fishery north of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 32 modified the recreational bag limit 
in the Columbia River and Westport subareas to allow retention of 
unmarked coho. This action was taken to allow access to available coho 
quota without exceeding impacts on unmarked coho. On August 28, 2013 
the states recommended allowing retention on unmarked coho in the 
Columbia River and Westport subareas; the RA concurred. Inseason action 
32 took effect September 1, 2013 in Columbia River subarea and 
September 6, 2013 in Westport subarea, and remained in effect until the 
end of the season. Inseason action to modify retention regulations is 
authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 33

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, WDFW, and 
ODFW on September 5, 2013.
    The information considered in this consultation related to catch-
to-date and effort in the commercial salmon fishery north of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 33 superseded inseason action 
31 and modified the landing and possession limit in the 
commercial salmon fishery in the area from Queets River to Cape Falcon 
from 35 Chinook salmon and 40 marked coho to 75 Chinook salmon and 50 
marked coho per vessel per open period. This action was taken to allow 
access to the remaining quota. On September 5, 2013 the states 
recommended this action; the RA concurred. Inseason action 33 
took effect on September 6, 2013 and remained in effect until the 
season closed on September 17, 2013. Inseason action to modify 
retention regulations is authorized by 50 CFR 660.409(b)(1)(ii).

Inseason Action 34

    The RA consulted with representatives of the Council, ODFW, and 
CDFW on September 11, 2013.
    The information considered in this consultation related to catch-
to-date and effort in the recreational salmon fishery south of Cape 
Falcon. Inseason action 34 modified the daily bag limit in the 
recreational salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain to all 
salmon, two fish per day, seven days per week; originally coho could 
only be

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retained Thursday through Saturday. This action was taken to allow 
greater access to available coho quota. On September 11, 2013 the 
states recommended this action; the RA concurred. Inseason action 
34 took effect on September 12, 2013 and remained in effect 
until the season closed on September 30, 2013. Inseason action to 
modify recreational bag limits is authorized by 50 CFR 
660.409(b)(1)(iii).
    All other restrictions and regulations remain in effect as 
announced for the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries and 2014 fisheries 
opening prior to May 1, 2014 (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013) and subsequent 
inseason actions (78 FR 30780, May 23, 2013; 78 FR 35153, June 12, 
2013; and 78 FR 50347, August 19, 2013).
    The RA determined that the best available information indicated 
that catch and effort projections supported the above inseason actions 
recommended by the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. The 
states manage the fisheries in state waters adjacent to the areas of 
the U.S. exclusive economic zone in accordance with these Federal 
actions. As provided by the inseason notice procedures of 50 CFR 
660.411, actual notice of the described regulatory actions was given, 
prior to the time the action was effective, by telephone hotline number 
206-526-6667 and 800-662-9825, and by U.S. Coast Guard Notice to 
Mariners broadcasts on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz.

Classification

    The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that 
good cause exists for this notification to be issued without affording 
prior notice and opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b)(B) because such notification would be impracticable. As 
previously noted, actual notice of the regulatory actions was provided 
to fishers through telephone hotline and radio notification. These 
actions comply with the requirements of the annual management measures 
for ocean salmon fisheries (78 FR 25865, May 3, 2013), the West Coast 
Salmon Fishery Management Plan (Salmon FMP), and regulations 
implementing the Salmon FMP, 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411. Prior notice 
and opportunity for public comment was impracticable because NMFS and 
the state agencies had insufficient time to provide for prior notice 
and the opportunity for public comment between the time the catch and 
effort projections were developed and fisheries impacts calculated, and 
the time the fishery modifications had to be implemented in order to 
ensure that fisheries are managed based on the best available 
scientific information, thus allowing fishers access to the available 
fish at the time the fish were available while ensuring that quotas are 
not exceeded. The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in 
effectiveness required under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), as a delay in 
effectiveness of these actions would allow fishing at levels 
inconsistent with the goals of the Salmon FMP and the current 
management measures.
    These actions are authorized by 50 CFR 660.409 and 660.411 and are 
exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 21, 2013.
Sean F. Corson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-28316 Filed 11-25-13; 8:45 am]
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