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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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