Ocean Salmon Sport Season South of Cape Falcon Is Closed

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The ocean salmon recreational fishery south of Cape Falcon, Ore., to the California boarder has closed effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 when the coho quota for the season is expected to be reached. NEWPORT, Ore. — The ocean salmon recreational fishery south of Cape Falcon, Ore., to the California boarder has closed effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 when the coho quota for the season is expected to be reached.

“We had a quota of 9,000 hatchery coho this year,” said Eric Schindler, supervising biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Strong winds and poor ocean conditions kept many fishermen off the water during the early part of the season, which stretched the season longer than many expected.”

The season opened for fin-clipped coho retention on June 22 with a quota of 9,000 fish. During the week of August 4-10, effort and catch accelerated and brought total landings to 8,462 coho by Sunday evening (94 percent of quota).

Managers expect the quota will be fully attained by Thursday.