Fish and Wildlife (Headquarters), Wildlife and Fisheries Division – Sacramento
Amend Section 105.1 and 182, Title 14, CCR, Re: Commercial Salmon Fishing Regulations
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Project is intended to provide for consistent state and federal regulations, which were developed to provide regionally accurate data on salmon stocks to ensure sustainable management practices. West coast jurisdictions where salmon are caught in the ocean rely on a comprehensive, west-coast wide coded wire-tag monitoring program to determine the stock composition of catch that occurs regionally. Commercial vessels typically depart from a port, catch their fish within a reasonable distance from that port, and then that catch is sampled in the port from which it was landed. Catch composition from the coded wire-tags is used to determine how much of each salmon stock is caught, and the time and location of catch. This information is used to limit the amount of catch on stocks that are overfished while allowing more fishing pressure in the times and areas where the most abundant stocks are likely to occur. Allowing fish caught in California to be landed out of state would contaminate stock composition data used to make decisions about sustainable management.