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Presidents Message for June 2021

Why is salmon fishing so poor? We have about 50 different things going on that effect salmon returns or lack of. One of the biggest factors that no one ever hears or talks about is marine survival or ocean conditions. This is the health of the ocean where our salmon and steelhead live. They require a special diet to thrive. Early in life they need the correct planktons and krill to get them started. When the ocean is cool, these thrive. When the ocean is warm or even hot as it was recently with the warm water blob, the wrong planktons thrive and the ones needed for salmon die off and not produce. The wrong ones are what make jellyfish thrive and not the food web needed for our young salmon. This is not healthy fish and the returns that are the survivors.

 

If you look at the included graph, it is from 1998 to 2020. On the bottom row is a summary that shows how healthy the ocean was for our salmon. You can track back 4-7 years from a good return and see what the ocean health was for our salmon when they made it to start their life cycle in our Pacific Ocean and the following years. They need to feed well early in life to be a healthy fish. Green is good, yellow is fair, red is poor. 2001-2003 were the best ocean fishing years in my life where we caught more 30-50 pound kings in recent history.

If you look at 2015-2017 these are the worst ocean conditions in a row since 1998 on the chart. This does not bode well for the salmon. Look at how many red factors in those rows. But the good news is that the ocean right now is colder than it has been in years. During those same years, our fish came back to deadly hot river conditions. I remember the Stillaguamish Kings had gone up the river and were held up in the deepest hole on the river. Enforcement had to run people swimming out of there, to not exhaust the fish, so that the run would not perish. Some river waters hit 80 degrees and salmon can die in 70+ degree water. It was a double whammy on our fish.

 

We lose a ton of our natural spawners from the river due to floods and channelizing of rivers that are left washing the egg beds out. The small percentage that do make it out have a gauntlet of seals, birds, sealions and other predators to get through to get to the ocean to try to grow and come back to spawn.  You won't hear much about this as this does not help the "Salmon Recovery Industry" get funding. There is not much we can do about this. We can recover our salmon with common sense and one reason hatcheries do better than natural spawners, is the controlled environment they start life in. No floods to wash out the egg beds. Lets pray for continued cold water for a series of years in our oceans to bring back our salmon runs. Lack of returning fish is what is killing our fisheries. Next battle has to be predators as we have hatcheries starting to pump out fish for the time being to feed more predators. 33 million smolts cant make it to the salt due to predations that cannot be ignored. Please educate your legislators on rebuilding our salmon runs instead of blaming another user group. That has got us nowhere. Many of you might wander why we work with the tribes and its simple. They are helping us increase hatchery production. With out hatcheries, our fish runs are gone. I am glad that people are finally seeing that. The ocean returns this year are looking great again. Last year was the best in years. The cycles are starting to change back to better. The Puget Sound returns cannot be far behind.  Join your local PSA Chapter. We should be returning back to face to face meetings soon. 

Ron Garner President PSA    

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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