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Calendar for September

7 South Sound General Meeting  Steve Andrews will be covering South Sound Coho & Chinook

12 East Jefferson General Meeting

13 Gig Harbor General Meeting

13 Renton General Meeting Annual Fish Fry and Auction No Speaker.

13 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Sno-King General Meeting

19 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

20 South King County General Meeting 

21 Eastside General Meeting

21 Everett General Meeting

21 Bellingham General Meeting

21 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

27 Save Our Fish Speaker Mark Gavin

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XtR-O26dLg&t=2s  
          State Board Presidents Message

I hope everyone had a great summer. I was too busy to get out fishing until the end of July for salmon fishing in Westport. 

It was another weird year of the major runs of Kings getting by and Tuna was not as easy as it has been. I think the Tuna came in for about a week and went back out to 70-80 miles. Hopefully they will still come in, in September. But the Columbia River is lighting up with kings now!

We have had some changes on our WDFW Commission. Just recently Don McIsaac was appointed to the Commission. Don is a long time fisheries background type we need on the commission. Don Retired from PFMC and is a pro-hatchery person that will surely help us change our salmon fisheries in the right direction. The governors offices wanted to put Don on the Commission and there was no room. Larry Carpenter was going to have to be removed to make room. Long time previous chair Miranda Wecker decided to retire out of this position to allow room for Larry to finish out her term. When we get Larry and Don togetether to start to rebuild our fisheries it should be a win-win situation. A very big thank you to Miranda for all of her hard work on behalf of our fisheries. Miranda has been on the commission for 12 years and has had her heart buried in them. Thank you Miranda for your hard work and saving Larry! You are a true friend!

All of you have seen the Atlantic Salmon pen that broke in the San Juans. These fish escaping shows that anything can happen with Mother Nature. There is a meeting on September 7 about moving Atlantic Salmon Pens into the Strait. The escape in the San Juans is a good rrason to not allow this to happen. Ser below.

September 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East Fourth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. The purpose of the hearing is to review public testimony regarding the Shoreline Substantial Permit for the Cooke Aquaculture Pacific LLC (CAP) proposal to move their existing Atlantic salmon net pen operation from within Port Angeles Harbor (Ediz Hook) to an open water area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca that is located over 1.5 miles offshore and 3.8 miles east of terminus of Ediz Hook:

Please be at this meeting. 

Thanks

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

 

 

 RFA Washington

 

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

 2017

Oct 14

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

Dec 9

 

 

 

 

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