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Salmon Commission Fraser River Panel, Pacific

The Pacific Salmon Commission Fraser River Panel has special responsibility for in-season regulation of Fraser River-origin sockeye and pink salmon fisheries in southern British Columbia and northern Puget Sound. Prior to the fishing season, the Panel recommends a fishery regime and a management plan for Panel Area fisheries to the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC). The plan is based on abundance and timing forecasts and escapement targets for Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon stocks provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); international catch allocation goals set by the agreements between the Parties; domestic catch allocation goals of each country; management concerns for other stocks and species also identified by each country; and historic patterns in migration and fisheries dynamics. The objectives that guide the Panel's decision-making are to achieve the spawning escapement targets, meet international catch allocation goals, and meet domestic catch allocation objectives. The United States shall be represented on the Fraser River Panel by four Panel members, of whom: (1) one shall be an official of the United States Government, with salmon fishery management responsibility and expertise; (2) one shall be an official of the State of Washington, with salmon fishery management responsibility and expertise, appointed by the Governor of Washington. The Governor may also designate an alternate Panel member, meeting the same qualifications and having the same term of office, to service in the absence of a Panel member (3) one shall be appointed from a list submitted by the treaty Indian tribes of individuals with salmon fishery management responsibility and expertise for the fisheries for which the Fraser River Panel is responsible; and (4) one shall be from the commercial sector of the salmon fishing industry concerned with fisheries for which the Fraser River Panel is responsible and shall be appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce from the list of nominations provided by the Governor of Washington. The Secretary may also designate an alternate Panel member, meeting the same qualifications and having the same term of office, to service in the absence of a Panel member.