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Calendar for August

7 South Sound General Meeting

5 Gig Harbor General Meeting

12 East Jefferson General Meeting

13 Renton General Meeting Scotty Landis Guided Sport fishing will talk about Silver fishing in the rivers

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Lake Washington No Meeting in August 

14 Sno-King General Meeting Dan Stauffer present his techniques for crabbing in Puget Sound

19 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting special meeting and will be at Cap Sante Marina Hot Dogs, boats w/ fishing gear, fishing info
and fun

19 South King County General Meeting    

20 Bellingham General Meeting No August meeting

20 Whidbey Island General Meeting

21 Everett General Meeting

21 Eastside General Meeting

21 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting   Ken Pinnell of Q Cove:  Presenting and demonstrating lures and techniques

27 Save Our Fish Steak and Corn Feed

Salmon for Soldiers Event September 13, 2014

100 Captains and Boats are needed

Salmon for Soldiers

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

 

President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Hope everyone is having a great fishing and crabbing season. It is great when you have productive trips with full limits.  

Since PSA has gotten involved deeply in politics we have done fairly well in trying to guide our fisheries in the right direction. Especially the last couple of years when we have engaged with a lobbist. But there are always other problems on the horizon.  As many of you might or might not know, PSA was successful in overturning the bottomfish closures in Neah Bay Pacific ocean. This charge was led by the Wild Fish Conservancy that was using their citizen based manufactured science. Those of us that fish Neah Bay and understand how to catch rockfish and Lingcod, know that you use different gear to catch each of them and even different areas. They used data that was catch only and tailored it to try to say that you had to catch/kill 35 rockfish to catch a legal lingcod and catch/kill 22 rockfish to catch a cabezon. These were called protected rockfish only because you are not allowed to keep them in the strait of Juan de Fuca MA4A. Outside in the ocean you can keep them except Yelloweye and Canary Rockfish.

In talking with the captains of these boats that performed the WDFW test fishery that the data was used from, said they absolutely fished different  and used gear so as to target species. One said they cast to the side and never let their gear get passed halfway to the bottom so they would not get some of those bottomfish and lingcod. This definitely would cut down on Lingcod and Cabezon catch and using small flies and jigs would also limit lingcod catches. Many of you know that Lingcod eat big meals and you will probably catch one on a rockfish you just caught instead of a fly.

Now lets jump up to todays problem. The Wild Fish Conservancy is going after our hatcheries. These are what keep our fisheries alive and without them our Chinook Salmon and Steelhead will surely go away. WFC filed suit against WDFW for allowing Hatchery Steelhead to be released without the proper Hatchery and Genetics Management Plan to be in place on some of our river systems. 990,000 Steelhead smolts were to be released in various rivers around the sound of the Chambers Creek species.

WDFW had turned in the HGMPs to NOAA/NMFS in 2005 and in 2007 Puget Sound Steelhead were ESA listed. None were ever looked at or dealt with and sat on them. WDFW was going to make new ones and were told by NOAA that they were not going to look at them so no new ones were made and turned in. So in the interim nothing happened while these fish were still being spawned and released. WDFW is the lower hanging fruit so WFC suit them not to release these smolts.  WDFW went to the Attorney Generals office and asked them about options and were told the cheapest way out was to cut a deal with WFC. So long story short, WDFW gave $45,000 fishing dollars to WFC for them not to sue for 2.5 years while they got the HGMPs together, and were not allowed to release any of these smolts into our river systems except the 180,000 in the Skykomish. This is a million dollars worth of fish that were produced and only 180,000 released into our rivers. Also the Skagit was shut down to hatchery fish.

Since then the WFC is suing WDFW to stop upgrading the Tokul Creek Hatchery and another lawsuit on the Leavenworth Hatchery against US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the United States Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) associated with the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. They believe that hatchery fish are harming wild fish.

We understand their stray theory but where we have two rivers that have had no hatchery steelhead in them and have had the wild run completely died off. The Nisqually has not had hatchery steelhead in about 20 years and the Cedar in about 10 years. I believe that the Cedar might be considered extinct now. When the wild fish get down to a low level, hatchery fish help take the hit from preditors such as seals, sea lions, and even commorants and other birds that eat the fry leaving the rivers. They have the ability to finish picking off the last of these endangered fish with no buffer of the hatchery fish.

We cannot allow extreme environmentalist to set precendence sue and stop our fisheries.  These fish not being released hurts our communities that will see an instant negative economic effect. These areas rely on fishing as one of their big income generators.  Fishermen will no longer be funding local businesses and millions of dollars in sales of licenses, gear, fuel and supplies will be lost.

I think the real solution is to do broodstock programs and use the fish out of their native streams to help bring back those runs. These are things we need to work on.

Right now WFC is on its 3rd lawsuit since and including the Steelhead lawsuit and probably no stopping them insight. You can bet that Chinook are on their list next. We need to get the HGMPs passed by NOAA to stop these lawsuits. Our fishing dollars cannot be ransomed off like this.

Upcoming important events:

Salmon for Soldiers will be September 13 and everyone should come and honor our war heroes. Most chapters will be supplying the boats for this event to take them fishing. For more info go to www.salmonforsoldiers.com

Everett Central Lions Club Derby for the Blind will be the following day, Sept 14, where we take blind people fishing. Everett has been doing this for longer than I have. I think this will be my 10th year. PSA donates most of the boats and crew for this wonderful event.

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that work using common sense on 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

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

Oct 18th 2014

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

Dec 13th

 

 

 

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