Limits Announced for West Coast Ocean Salmon

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced severe limits on take of the over-fished California Coastal Chinook and Sacramento River Winter Chinook runs in its 2012 management plan for West Coast ocean salmon.
     The plan is released each year to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, non-treaty commercial, and recreational fisheries. The plan extends to May 1, 2013.
     The measures also are to allow part of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries to provide for spawning and to provide for fisheries occurring in state internal waters.
     Thie NMFS also announces the availability of an environmental assessment analyzing the environmental impacts of implementing the 2012 ocean salmon management measures.
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