The panels provide recommendations and comment on the management of the fisheries in their area of responsibility before and after each season's harvest. This is done by reviewing technical data on annual fishing plans and regulations, and the salmon enhancement programs of each country.
Panels provide the Commission with specific recommendations for the development of fishery plans. Agreement of both sides is needed for any decision or recommendation. The Fraser River Panel is unique in that it has responsibility for in-season harvest regulation of Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon within a specified area.
Panel recommendations are based on information received by the panels from a variety of bilateral technical committees.
The four represented panels are:
- The Southern Panel
The Southern Panel has responsibility for salmon originating in rivers with mouths south of Cape Caution, with the exception of Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon.
The Coho and Chum technical committees report to the Southern Panel.
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- Northern Panel
The Northern Panel has responsibility for salmon originating in rivers with mouths entering the Pacific Ocean between Cape Suckling in Alaska and Cape Caution in British Columbia.
The Northern Boundary Technical Committee reports to the Northern Panel.
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- Transboundary Panel
The Transboundary Panel has responsibility for salmon originating in the Alsek, Stikine, and Taku river systems.
The Transboundary Technical Committee reports to the Transboundary Panel.
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- Fraser River Panel
The 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.
For further information about the mandate and operation of the Fraser River Panel, please click here.
The Fraser River Technical Committee reports to the Fraser River Panel.
The Fraser River Panel provides
annual reports to the Pacific Salmon Commission.
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Additional information provided by and for the Fraser River Panel:
The Chinook Technical Committee, the Selective Fisheries Evaluation Committee, and the Data Sharing Technical Committee provide support and advice relevant to all four regional panels. Therefore, these committees report directly to the Commission.