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Calendar for May

5 South Sound General Meeting  TBD

10 North Kitsap General Meeting

11 Renton General Meeting 

11 Sno-King General Meeting

16 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

17 South King County General Meeting    

17 Whidbey Island General Meeting

17 Eastside General Meeting

18 Bellingham General Meeting

18 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

19 Everett General Meeting

25 Save Our Fish

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  





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Presidents Message for May

I would like to bring a fact out that recently came to light of why we stood up against the gill net ban previously. I received the smoking gun email that tells why. If you fish the ocean or Buoy 10 for chinook we just got hit hard on future fisheries. The Lower Columbia River Fall Chinook took a big hit that Barry Thom warned us about with a letter in 2016: "To reduce genetic risks to ESA-listed Lower Columbia River Chinook salmon, NMFS is proposing to reduce tule fall Chinook salmon production in four Mitchell Act funded hatchery programs and to increase Tule fall Chinook salmon production in two hatchery programs. This would result in a 4 million net reduction in the number of juvenile tule fall Chinook salmon that would be released from Mitchell Act hatcheries annually."

From Cindy Lefleur of WDFW email: "Per your request for information on the Kalama fall Chinook production. This year (2022) will be the first year that all of our Mitchell Act (MA) programs need to meet the requirement of the MA Biological Opinion (MA BIOP).  The smolts released this year will be consistent with Table 1 from the MA BIOP.  I have included a snippet of that table below in the message that includes the Kalama fall Chinook program and attached the full table in this email.  The release goal for Kalama fall Chinook in 2022 will be 2.6 million fall Chinook, compared to last year’s goal of 7.0 million." 

There are two rules for hatchery production. If you make them, you have to catch them. If you cant catch them, you cant make them. 

This is where we come in as these are our ocean fish we catch as well as the Buoy 10 fishery. We need all of the tools in the tool box we can get to be able to catch the straying fish. Weirs and fish traps (WFC pound nets) by themselves cannot stop the amount of strays needed to make a real difference. Using commercials with them makes them more efficient.

The WFC pound nets at this time are not showing to catch enough fish to not only keep hatchery production stable, let alone increase it. There was a WDFW Commission meeting and one of the slides showed that the pound nets catch was very low compared to the gill nets. They have to be able to catch a lot of fish in a short time. In talking with region 5 fisheries the pound nets cannot handle a large school of fish as these are not large enough to hold a lot of fish at one time. This means there would have to be a lot of these pound nets. I would guess about 30-35 to catch the amount of fish that the commercials catch with their nets  A study that I read, puts these at about $225,000.00 each. The traps go all of the way to the bank. The Non tribal commercials have to stay away from the banks as this is where our ESA steelhead travel. Beach seines are not allowed due to impacting too many steelhead. While we are looking into removing areas all over Washington rivers that pinnipeds gather to feast on our schools of salmon and steelhead, this adds more ambush points in the CR. PSA is advocating to keep our hatcheries going and pumping out as many fish as allowable under ESA to keep us fishing. Remember Jamie Glasgow of Wild Fish Conservancy at previous Senate hearing where the only hatcheries they approved of were the closed ones. These fish traps do not have to work, they just have to be deemed as a replacement for commercials, then once commercials are removed and these fail, hatchery production gets cut permanently. They win.  After much review on these, there is a big chance that through the multiple amounts of permits required to get these into place, they may never get approved. 

So all that has to happen is to remove the commercials first that are one of the biggest tools we have to catch excess hatchery fish and not be able to catch them  and its game over for us and hatchery production. Once these lower fall chinook stocks fall it is going to get worse. We are fighting to get those weirs installed in the Kalama and keep any tools such as commercials working to keep us fishing. This is a look at the bigger picture. You would never jump out of a plane and then try to find a parachute after you jumped. This is exactly that. What we want is fishing, fishing, fishing!!!!!!! We are not advocating to take anyone else's fish. We are advocating to make more fish for everyone.

Ron Garner President PSA    

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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



 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting



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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