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Calendar for April

6 South Sound General Meeting  No Speaker due to Fundraiser Seafood Banquet

11 East Jefferson General Meeting

12 Gig Harbor General Meeting State President of Puget Sound Anglers Ron Gardner will be here to speak on Halibut fishing

12 Renton General Meeting

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

13 Sno-King General Meeting RON GARNER and STEVE KAIMMER "Finding Halibut Heaven"

18 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Brian Dunic - Fishing Canada and
the 2017 Salmon Enhancement Fishing Derby

19 South King County General Meeting 

20 Eastside General Meeting Shrimping and Crabbing

20 Everett General Meeting

20 Bellingham General Meeting

20 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Herb Prins - Fishing for Halibut

26 Save Our Fish

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

To many things going on at once. North of Falcon is getting started. It appears to have a better flow than last year. Not sure how this is going to turn out but the negotiations don't seem as toxic this year and there is no option talk of Zero Salmon Fishing! Hopefully we can restore some opportunity this year.

One thing that has happened is that we have cut back hatchery production to the point of being disastrous.  I just received updated hatchery release numbers. Butch Smith of Ilwaco Charters gathered some numbers showing hatchery releases from 1989 to 2016. They are astounding on how much they have been cut back. Ron Warren of WDFW updated the production numbers as them might have been missing some.  Puget Sound Releases -State, Federal, COOP totals. Chinook  1989-71,467,449 2016-33,409,274. Coho 1989-34,458,259 2016-8,608,765. Couple these declines of hatchery output with an out of control pinniped and cormorant predation problem, and our salmon don't have much of a chance. The harbor seal population capacity of the sound was stated in the 1990s to be mid 7000s. We now have over 20,000. With this excess amount of seals hurts our bait fish populations,  which is their main diet, cause them to move on to other things such as salmon, lingcod, etc. When salmon plummet you start seeing the San Juan Orcas being harmed by these seals  be affecting their major food source.

We need to work together to start to change our future by bringing back higher hatchery production rates. We need to repair some hatcheries as they have not been properly maintained and/or shut down.

Going back to the Orcas that we all love so much, do you feel that government agencies are not looking in the right place to fix our orca problem such as implementing a much larger amount of Chinook Salmon from the hatcheries to feed them? Lack of food was found to be the problem the last time this came up by NOAA. We have all been out there to see orcas swim right up to your boat and check you out, but yet others say that we are casuing them not to feed. I have been in the middle of an orca  feeding frenzy where they were using our boat to chase fish against. Does quite fit the theory of them not feeding when we are around fishing. In fact, they have not seen an existence without boats. They have lived in unison with us since they were born. Please go to this page and comment by April 13 on this attack to shut down waters to us again for Orca protection. We have beat this twice already. Please comment. https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0152

Join a PSA Chapter near you as we are working hard on your behalf to keep us on the water.

Ron Garner

Protecting Washington’s Yelloweye Rockfish

Rockfish Identification Flyer    

Video - Rockfish are back!!

Did you know that some yelloweye rockfish that are here today were Washington residents before it became a state in 1889? They have been and continue to be an important part of our heritage.

Halibut and bottomfish fishing have also been a part of Washington’s culture for hundreds of years. Many generations of fishermen have relied on halibut and bottomfish for food and recreation.

Fishery Management

A recent stock assessment indicates that the yelloweye rockfish population has declined over 80% from its initial level.  As a result, immediate action must be taken if the stocks of these long-lived fish are to be rebuilt. 

To rebuild yelloweye rockfish populations, the harvest opportunities for this species must be severely curtailed.  In recent years, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has set yelloweye rockfish harvest levels for all commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries combined for California, Oregon, and Washington of about 17 metric tons (mt). This number includes yelloweye rockfish that are discarded at sea.

The Washington recreational harvest target is about 2.7 mt (fewer than 1,000 fish) in coastal waters.  To put this in perspective, in 2001, the Washington recreational fishery harvested 15 mt.

Halibut Fishery in Jeopardy

Yelloweye rockfish, in general, are harvested during the Washington recreational halibut fishery.  If the yelloweye rockfish catch is projected to exceed 2.7 mt, then Pacific ocean waters adjacent to Washington outside 25 fathoms will be closed to recreational bottomfish fishing (including halibut). 


 

If yelloweye rockfish cannot be avoided when anglers are targeting halibut, then we may have to close recreational halibut fishing in the future to protect yelloweye rockfish.  Because the yelloweye rockfish stock may not be rebuilt for over 100 years, the problem of managing the yelloweye fishery will continue through our lifetime; however, you have the ability to help save the halibut fishery now and preserve the yelloweye resource for the future.

Yelloweye Rockfish Facts:

  • Live to be 120 years old
  • Range extends from Mexico to Alaska
  • Found in deeper, rocky bottom areas
  • Slow growing,low productive species
  • Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
  • Commonly called "red snapper"
  • Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile

How You Can Help

  • If you are participating in the recreational halibut or bottomfish fishery, please avoid areas that are known to have yelloweye rockfish.
  • If you do accidentally catch a yelloweye, please return to the water s soon as possible.
  • Help spread the word to others about the severity of the yelloweye rockfish depleted population and the possible consequences of not avoiding yelloweye areas
  • If you do not know what areas may have yelloweye rockfish, please consult a local resort, motel, or charter office or other expert before fishing

Great rockfish recompression video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZFghwVOyI

 

 

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PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

 2017

June 10

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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Dec 9

 

 

 

 

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