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Calendar for March

2 South Sound General Meeting  

8 Gig Harbor General Meeting

8 Renton General Meeting St Patty's Potluck and awards for 2016. No Speaker

8 North Kitsap General Meeting

9 Sno-King General Meeting

14 East Jefferson General Meeting

15 South King County General Meeting 

15 Whidbey Island General Meeting

16 Eastside General Meeting

16 Everett General Meeting

16 Bellingham General Meeting

16 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting PSA-NOPC hosts North of Falcon meeting with WDFW

21 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Radar - Anacortes Marine

22 Save Our Fish Nick Norbeck- Nic Norbeck's Elite Guide Service- Salmon & Steelhead Fishing

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

Here we are in the beginning of the year and it is going by pretty quickly. Many of us are beyond swamped with our day jobs. We have so many issues to deal with San Juan Island NO Go Zone is back on the table for at least the 3rd time. What is not being told is that seals are eating the chinook to the point that they are endangering our resident orca populations. The Puget Sound can only hold about 7,000-8,000 according to a 1990s study. We now have over 20,000 of them. There was a steelhead study done where they tagged released steelhead out of 5 rivers. Between 8 and 9 of every 10 of those tags showed up in seal scat. Johnstone Strait in Canada, northeast side of Vancouver Island had a study published in the Vancouver Sun saying that they had 40,000 harbor seals in that area. Those seals were eating 55% of their coho and 45% of their chinook. But yet our fishing boats have and are being portrayed as the problem.  Even though salmon are not part of the harbor seal diet, by the amount of the seals, are taking a toll on our salmon and steelhead populations. Most of those orcas have never seen a world without fishing boats.

 

Please comment on this link that we are not the problem. If you have spent anytime up there on the West side of San Juan Island, there is a chance you have had Orcas chase salmon up against your boat to catch them.  Go to youtube.com  and watch orcas come up chasing a small boat. This is reality. Over the years I have had orcas come up to me and check us out in my boat. You tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj2U_kdNIe4

 

By the time you read this, North of Falcon Salmon forecasts will be out (Feb 28) to let us know what we have to deal with to shape our fisheries. The last couple of years have been very tough. We are fighting over the last fish instead of making more fish. PSAs  goal is to work with all users to make the pie bigger or it will never recover.  Our message to the tribes and others is that if we have no opportunity to fish,  our licenses/license fee increase puts WDFW at risk. Many have stated they will not be buying licenses this year.  Some legislatures is making it very clear that if we do not have some wins with our fisheries and some real opportunity that WDFW is not going to get their fee increase. Additional  issues  get put on WDFWs back for them to come up with additional funding. This is just to stay current  with what WDFW, they would require 24 Million dollars to maintain their current level.

Now I ask you this question and I want you to think very hard about our salmon fisheries situation. Are we better off today than we were 10-15 years ago? The way we are managing our fisheries now is to make less  and less fish with a declining habitat, pollution, urban sprawl, out of control predators. The bottom line is that hatcheries were installed to offset habitat degradation, dams installed, clearcut forests, rivers cleaned up, and a myriad of many other problems. Now the lawsuits against our fisheries are happening blaming this as the cause instead of the effect. Shrinking fishieries are nto going to stop until we change our outlook and manage them differently.  Yes wild fish are important, but just think about the study above showing that seals are eating the fish as soon as they come out of the rivers.  With less fish coming out the wild fish are exposed causing a larger decline in our wild fish stocks.

Working together with all users groups is where we are going to have to go,  to rebuild our fisheries. We have way to many problems out there and we need to be at the table to make a change for the better. Join a PSA Chapter near you.

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

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 2017

March 4 

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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Oct 14
Dec 9

 

 

 

 

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