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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Oregon Production Index (OPI), a method of predicting the size of the coho salmon population in a specified area, and assessed the validity of establishing fishing seasons and quotas based on the OPI.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Commerce 1. The Secretary of Commerce should request the Pacific Fishery Management Council to obtain more accurate estimates of Oregon coastal wild stock abundance through stream surveys or other counting techniques.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Commerce 2. The Secretary of Commerce should request the Pacific Fishery Management Council to gather additional data on the source and distribution of coho stocks in the OPI area through tagging, scale analysis, or other appropriate methods.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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