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2017 Season

Closed for the year.

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Estimates

through Oct. 29

 

IPHC Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be in Portland, January 22-26, 2018. Many sessions are open to the public, but attendees must pre-register. The meeting begins with presentations (on the fishery, the 2017 stock assessment, and the harvest decision table) and ends with approval of catch limits for 2018. Sessions will be webcast. IPHC annual meeting


Descending devices are mandatory

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish (aka groundfish) or halibut must have a functional descending device onboard. The device must be used when releasing any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms. A functional descending device is one that is ready to be used. There are a variety of commercially available descending devices, ranging in price from $5 to $60, and some anglers have developed homemade devices. 


Cold spots for Yelloweye Rockfish. These two maps show recommended soft-bottom areas for halibut with low yelloweye rockfish bycatch.

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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 - May 21, 2017.

 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



More Information

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

Who to Contact

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Christian.T.Heath@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266

 

 

 

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