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 South Sound General Meeting  

 East Jefferson General Meeting

 Gig Harbor General Meeting Sept 8

 Renton General Meeting Sept 8

 North Kitsap General Meeting

 Sno-King General Meeting Sep8

 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Sept 16

 South King County General Meeting Sept 15

 Everett General Meeting

 Bellingham General Meeting

 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

 Save Our Fish September 22

 Eastside General Meeting  

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

Lower Columbia Chapter  

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Message for September 2021

I hope all of you are having a great summer and catching a lot of fish. It has been pretty good overall. I had relatives fly in from out of state and we got our 12 salmon limit at Westport in one day. It was pandemonium with a very hot bite. These are the days that pay us back for fighting for our fisheries. My heart is filled when we have days like this. 

For those of you that did not know we lost a very dear friend Lorraine Loomis. She was the Chair for the North West Indian Fisheries Commission. This is a big loss for all. I went to her years back because I was tired our loss of fishing. Canada and Alaska overharvested our fish and we (tribes and non tribes get to fight over the scraps that are left under the guise of ESA.) We also agreed on needing more hatchery fish, has been pretty good overall. I had relatives fly in from out of state and we got our 12 salmon limit at Westport in one day. It was pandemonium with a very hot bite. These are the days that pay us back for fighting for our fisheries. My heart is filled when we have days like this. 

For those of you that did not know we lost a very dear friend Lorraine Loomis. She was the Chair for the North West Indian Fisheries Commission. This is a big loss for all. I went to her years back because I was tired our loss of fishing. Canada and Alaska overharvested our fish and we (tribes and non tribes get to fight over the scraps that are left under the guise of ESA.) We also agreed on needing more hatchery fish, the need to deal with salmon predators-both pinnipeds and bird predations on smolts, and needing to stop the loss of salmon habitat and rebuild the lost habitat. We both agreed that we needed to work together to fix this. When we kicked off the removal of the HSRG at the WDFW Commission level, I personally asked Lorraine to go with me to the WDFW meeting to give the tribal side of why we needed to produce more fish. She said that it wasn’t her place and didn’t think it was a good Idea. I told her we really needed tribal help to get this removed. She replied that they were writing a letter to the Governor to remove HSRG from the state. This meeting was only a few days away. She said that letter was not finished and it would take approval of all of the treaty tribes to give me that letter to take to the commission meeting.

This was the key we needed and to kickstart this journey and it just went down the drain!

Low and behold on Friday morning at the WDFW Commission meeting, that letter was present and in the WDFW Commissions hands! There was a 9-0 Commission vote to suspend the first three points of the WDFW Fish Policy which were HSRG! Talking about a miracle coming true! Without her getting that letter done for us in time for that meeting, it might have never happened. I called her later and asked her how she did it. She really pulled some strings to get this done, per my request! I thanked her profusely. This was one of those times where reaching across the line was the only way to move a roadblock to rebuilding fisheries. It would not have happened without working together.

There are so many things we do to help each other, even though we don’t see eye to eye on everything. We can work together on what we do agree on. This is common with all groups. Someday if I ever write a book you will be floored at how many major fishery issues we have won, that no one ever knows were even happening. We used tribal friends to influence stopping really bad recreational fishing issues/closures. These would not have effected tribes, just us. But per our long term relationships we have built, they have helped us many times.  

NWIFC Chair Lorraine Loomis was also our leader in the Billy Frank Coalition where we are working to bring our salmon back! She was such a key player in many fishery issues. I became good friends with her and missed. Rest in Peace my dear friend Lorraine. 

Ron Garner

Point Nopoint Fiasco

Pod cast on Ocra Whales with Butch Smith from Coho Charters   

Article on Salmon and Dams    

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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Start Time is 9:00am

Port Of Edmonds Administration Office rear of building at the top of stairs

336 Admiral Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

 

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