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2017 fisheries are under development

Public meeting on Oct. 4. (Tuesday) in Newport at 6 pm.

This annual meeting, hosted by ODFW, provides the public an opportunity to discuss proposed changes for the 2017 halibut fisheries.

  • Presentation slides and an online survey will be available Monday.

Meeting location: ODFW Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. The meeting will also be webcast.

To participate by webcast:

1.  Click the link to join the meeting on Tuesday, October 4, beginning 15 minutes before the meeting starts at 6 pm.

2.  You’ll be asked to select an audio option. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or call by telephone.
Dial +1 (571) 317-3122 - this is a toll call
Access Code: 675-862-173
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 675-862-173

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Q:  What's the largest Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in the Oregon sport fishery?

A:  68.9 inches in the central coast subarea (see table below).  Source: ODFW sample data, 2001-2015

 Subarea Length
 Columbia River  59.1" Landed August 2006
 Central Coast  68.9" Landed September 2015 in Florence
 Southern Oregon  61.8" Landed August 2013 in Brookings

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.

ODFW Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-4741





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