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2014 Season Saltwater Bulletins

Season map with staff-recommended open dates. (pdf)

The 2014 catch limit is 0.96 million pounds (compared to 0.99 million pounds last year) for Area 2A (Oregon, Washington and California). The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will make the final decision on the 2014 Halibut regulations, including open dates, at its meeting on April 25.

New for 2014:

  • Columbia River subarea. (1) The all-depth halibut fishery will be open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, for both the spring and summer seasons. (2) A new nearshore (incidental) fishery with 1,000 pounds or 10% of the Columbia River subarea allocation, whichever is less, will be open inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) beginning on Monday, May 5, 2014, on days when the all-depth halibut fishery is closed.

  • Central Coast subarea. The nearshore halibut fishery will open on July 1, seven days a week.

  • South of Humbug Mountain subarea. A new Southern Oregon subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA border) was created with 2% of the Oregon sport allocation and an opening date of May 1; open seven days a week.

Stonewall Bank YRCA correction (Newport area)

The 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book has errors in the waypoints for the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) in the table on page 105.  The correct coordinates (pdf) are the same as the last several years.


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Underwater Glimpse

halibut escape

Watch a Pacific halibut escape from a commercial pink shrimp trawler. (1.3 mb) Requires Windows Media Player

This video was taken in 2005 during ODFW research to reduce fishery bycatch of small flatfish and juvenile rockfish using a BRD, or bycatch reduction device.

Check out this entertaining and informative video on rockfish recompression.

More Information

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has a wealth of information on its web site.


Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223






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