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5 South Sound General Meeting  Clint Sullivan from our own PSA chapter will be giving a seminar on Kokanee Fishing drawing on his 20 years of experience

10 Gig Harbor General Meeting Guest Speaker is Todd Girtz - Coastal Fishing Opportunities

10 East Jefferson General Meeting

11 Renton General Meeting

11 North Kitsap General Meeting

12 Lake Washington

12 Sno-King General Meeting Jambo "Deep Water Chinook"

17 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Anacortes Marine Electronics, VHF/MMSI/DSC/AIS

18 South King County General Meeting    

18 Bellingham General Meeting

18 Whidbey Island General Meeting

19 Everett General Meeting

19 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

22 Eastside General Meeting State PSA President Ron Garner

25 Save Our Fish Frank Urabeck “Mr. Sockeye”

March 28 PSA All Chapters Derby in Port Townsend

 

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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

We have had some huge losses in the fishing community. Jim Brauch from the Everett Salmon and Steelhead PSA club has recently passed way. Jim was one of the original members of this club and very active in fisheries. He was one of the leaders in promoting kids fishing and we hope that this continues with the great people Jim worked with. Another loss is Susan Krein, wife of Gary Krein of All Star Fishing Charters. These are devastation losses so please keep their families in your prayers.   

We were able to dodge a big bullet this year on our halibut quota for our Area 2A, which consists of Washington, Oregon, California. The International Pacific halibut Commission had recommended a 750,000 pound quota for our region, down from 960,000 pounds from 2014. There are serious concerns about overharvest still happening in Alaska. Down here we are just a fraction of the entire catch on the West Coast. Normally about 1.8% is all we are taking. Our seasons will be similar to last years inside and the ocean.

The North of Falcon Salmon season setting process is under way where we divide up the salmon from north of Cape Falcon, Oregon. Our PSA advisors are the table and hopefully the impacts on some of the fish stocks are not in trouble as much as they were last year. The Lake Washington Chinook stocks were the driver last year.

We have had some bills going this legislative session that have to do with fishing. We had one instituted by Senator Pearson labeled as SB 5818. This bill would cut state funding to organizations that receive grants or funding from the  state that sue the state on hatchery issues.  We had one organization sue WDFW to shut down our hatcheries.

There were two other bills that were to enhance recreational fishing. Senate Bill 5844 and House Bill 1660. Senate Bill 5844 got a hearing but did not make it out of committee. House Bill 1660 never received a hearing. So this session they did not happen and both need to make it to move forward. Two other bills are: One is to change the structure of the WDFW Commission. We are against this as we feel like we have full representation across the board. the other is for thetribes to only answer to the governor. I don't believe wither of these went anywhere at the time of writing this.

We have a giant issue at hand that is developing. NOAA is in the process of building the recovery plan for our Puget Sound ESA listed rockfish. Yelloweye, Bocaccio, and Canary rockfish have been listed as "Endangered." What does this mean for you if you fish for salmon? Not Good! The recommendation is that Marine Protected Areas are built to protect these fish. These are NO fishing zones. These are going to be areas that have structure or vertical reliefs (steep walls) to be closed to protect these rockfish. We all know that Chinook like structure too so somebody is going to lose their fishing grounds. By law, when a fish is ESA listed, they have three years to list the critical habitat. So going forward, critical habitat could be designated up to 50% of the Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca. Of that 50%, 20-30% of it could be designated as MPAs/fishing closures. This equates to 10-15% of the Puget Sound of probably the best fishing areas.

If you think of these rockfish as deepwater fish and should not bother your fishing, think again. These deepwater MPAs are going to come up into the shallow water as the younger fish start their life in shallower water.  So there will be full coverage on these no fishing zones. PSA is the only fishing organization at the table. The problem with the MPAs are that they are prejudiced to all but the tribes. We have a treaty with the tribes to keep them in fish and game. They have U&As or "Usual and Accustomed Areas,"  that are designated as their fishing areas. If we think that they are going to sign off their treaty rights, we need to think again. We always have wishful thinking, but not reality. If you fish the ocean, you see the tribes commercial fishing in the Yelloweye Conservation Zone or C Closure all of the time. We are not allowed to bottom fish in them but they are. So what good are they? MPAs cannot work if any one fishes them.

We have buying and giving away fish descenders to the public. This will be our third year doing so.  We are going to have the more expensive Seaqualizers in the hands of every Charter boat in Washington state this year. Some of the hardcore private recreational boats will be getting some too. By the time you read this we will have given over 1000 Shelton Fish Descenders. We should have about 300+ Seaqualizers handed out this year too. These fish descenders are going to be our saving grace. This is going to be our answer to recovery. Salmon fishing is told to us as the biggest impact on Yelloweye. We all know none of us catch YE when fishing for salmon.

NOAA's Rockfish Recovery Team will be submitting their recommendation within the next two months on how to recover these fish. We will be letting everyone know what the findings are and that is when we are going to need to comment on our thoughts or suggestions. We want no management based on hope. We only want true science used and reality based management. There are MPAs all around Vancouver Island and in the 6 years they have been implemented, they have shown no change, positive or negative. This is not a lot of time to see if they work. We have ideas we are working on with NOAA/NMFS to recover these fish and to not impact our fishing we now have. We will keep you posted.

I will be meeting with Norm Dicks, some of the tribes, CCA, Fish NW, and other various fisheries players again to see what we can do to get our HGMPs reviewed and accepted, to get our hatcheries pumping out more fish.  

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that use common sense to deal with our fisheries. Join your local chapter today and be part of the solution. We understand today’s problems and are working together for a better tomorrow. www.pugetsoundanglers.org

 
If enjoy Puget Sound and Snohomish River Coho fishing or enjoy helping enhance 
recreational opportunities please read on!

I'm Kelli Mack from the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club. We took over a 
private salmon hatchery back in 2009 and got it back into operational condition. 
To date we have raised and released over 240,000 Coho into the Snohomish River 
system and currently have 88,000 more on hand to release next spring.

The eyed-eggs we receive are surplus hatchery fish, which if not kept local, 
would be sent away to distant fisheries. We keep these fish in their home river 
system, enriching our catching opportunities.

Although it's functional the hatchery is in need upgrades to ensure the safety 
of eggs, fry, and smolt as we nurture them along their life-cycle.

Please help by making a tax deductible contribution to the campaign Snohomish & 
Puget Sound Coho Fishing Enhancement going on now on Indiegogo here: Coho 
Hatchery Fundraiser Link

Coho fishing in 2013 was almost 8 times better than in 2010 according to a 
comparison of creel checks at the Everett Public Ramp.

 

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

March 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015

 

 

 

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