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DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME: NEW FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR OCEAN SALMON SEASON

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal government has ordered the commercial salmon season closed in an area off Northern California, but state officials say fishing will be allowed in state waters beginning Saturday, the California Department of Fish & Game said today.
 California state waters extend from shoreline three miles out, after which federal waters extend 200 miles offshore.
 The federal Department of Commerce Wednesday issued new guidelines for salmon fishing off the Northern California coast that called for the closure.
 The federal order is curtailing the commercial fishing season for two reasons. The guidelines call for higher tribal harvests, plus higher numbers of chinook salmon allowed to spawn than were proposed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and adopted by the state earlier this month.
 In issuing the new guidelines, the Department of Commerce instructed the council to allow a Klamath River tribal harvest of 18,500 Klamath River fall chinook and meet a spawning escapement of 38,000 naturally spawning adult fish. Original PFMC recommendations included a 17,400 chinook Klamath River tribal harvest and 35,000 spawning escapement adults.
 Federal fishery officials also directed the PFMC to reduce its recreational chinook salmon quota off the coast between Humbug Mountain in Southern Oregon and Horse Mountain in southern Humboldt County during the May-to-June fishing season. Under the new federal guideline, the area quota is 8,000 fish, reflecting a 33-percent reduction from the 12,000-fish quota proposed by PFMC for those months.
 The changes come on the eve of commercial and recreational salmon fishing seasons for California's North Coast, many of which are scheduled to open in May. For coastal areas not affected by federal fishery officials' increased harvest and escapement numbers and reduced recreational and commercial salmon quotas, and season described above, California's ocean salmon management strategies adopted earlier this month remain effective.
 The federal guidelines undoubtedly will trigger additional season and bag limit changes for the areas, although the scope and extent of such modifications are not currently known by state fishery officials.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla, Conservation Education Office of the Department of Fish & Game, 916-653-6420/


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