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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2017

  August 2016
  • ODFW hosted public meetings to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2017 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This was the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery.

    Halibut meeting presentation slides (pdf, 28 pages)

    • Aug. 1 Brookings
    • Aug. 2 Coos Bay
    • Aug. 3 Salem
    • Aug. 15 Newport

The Newport meeting was available online via GoTo Meeting. News release

In 2016 groundfish were also discussed. Groundfish presentation slides (pdf, 19 pages)

Those who could not attend a meeting were invited to comment by contacting Lynn Mattes at lynn.mattes@state.or.us or (541-867-0300 x237).

What's the Catch Sharing Plan?

The CSP is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

  • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
  • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
  • Bag limits
  • Length limits
  • Allowable inseason regulation changes

Read the 2016 CSP (pdf, 13 pages)

 

 September 2016
  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, September 12-20, in Boise. Council home page

  • The Council approves some, none or all proposals (including any that are developed at the Council meeting) for additional public comment.

  • More details are available in the Council briefing book.

 Late September/Early October 2016
  • ODFW solicits additional public comment on specific proposals forwarded by the Council via public meeting (which is webcast), October 4, Newport, and an online survey.

  • The proposals in a nutshell:

    • Allow inseason changes to the halibut fishery if yelloweye rockfish impacts reach a threshold.

    • Columbia River Subarea
      • When fishing off of Washington and landing into a Washington port in this subarea, allow lingcod retention on all-depth halibut days.

    • Central Oregon Coast Subarea
      • Reallocate the summer all-depth allocation, with 75 percent to the spring all-depth fishery and 25 percent to the nearshore. There would then be no summer all-depth season. Additionally the nearshore start date would be May 1.
      • Allow bottomfish retention on all-depth halibut days when bottomfish is also open at all depths (i.e., in October).
      • Allow retention of other flatfish species (flounders, soles, sanddabs, and halibut other than Pacific halibut) when fishing nearshore halibut outside of the seasonal bottomfish depth restrictions.

    • Southern Oregon Subarea - no proposals.

  • After considering public input, ODFW prepares a report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for decision at the November Council meeting. Read the report (pdf, 13 pages)

  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepts public requests for 2017 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information are on the IPHC regulations proposal page. Deadline Oct. 31

 November 2016
  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2017 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 16-21, in Garden Grove, CA. Council decision summary document (pdf, 9 pages)

  • IPHC holds an interim meeting, November 29-30, in Seattle, WA, open to the public. Sessions are webcast. IPHC interim meeting page

 December 2016
 
 January 2017
  • The 2017 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 23-27, in Victoria, BC. IPHC annual meeting page
  • The IPHC approved a 2017 total allowable catch for Area 2A (Oregon, Washington and California) of 1.33 million pounds (compared to 1.14 million pounds last year). IPHC news release

 February 2017
  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) by public meeting ( Monday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m., ODFW Marine Resources Program, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport) and online survey.

  • Presentation for the public meeting (pdf, 28 pp)

  • ODFW submits a report to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service with recommended dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.).

 March/April 2017
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve regulations, including open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery.

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