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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2011

  August 2010
  • ODFW hosted one public meeting to introduce and discuss proposed alternatives for the 2011 Pacific halibut sport fisheries off Oregon.

  • The meeting was held in Newport on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7 pm at the Holiday Inn Express. Written comments and proposals were also accepted. Read the news release
  • After reviewing public input, ODFW prepared recommendations for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. ODFW recommendations (pdf)

  • The Council also considered letters and emails from the public.

 September 2010
  • The Council adopted for further consideration proposed alternatives for the 2011 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting in Boise, ID.

 October 2010
  • ODFW solicited public comments regarding three proposed alternatives to the Catch Sharing Plan relevant to Oregon and that were adopted for further consideration by the Council.

  • For the Central Coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.):

    1)  Adjust the number of open days per week in the spring all-depth fishery from three days to two if the number of fixed days will be nine days or less; otherwise status quo (three days per week).

    2)  Adjust the number of open days per week in the nearshore (inside 40 fathoms) fishery from seven days per week to less than seven days per week, depending on the quota.

    3)  Adjust the allocation between the three central coast subarea seasons (spring all-depth, summer all-depth, and nearshore).

  • ODFW held a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Holiday Inn Express, Newport (South Beach), 7 to 9 p.m.

  • For those unable to attend the public meeting, comments were accepted by phone or email to Lynn Mattes or Patrick Mirick.

  • After considering public input, ODFW prepared a report to the Council

 November 2010
  • ODFW report to the Council (pdf)

  • The Council adopted one alternative proposed for the 2011 Catch Sharing Plan relevant to Oregon =

    Adjust the allocation between central coast subarea seasons:
    • Decrease the spring all-depth share from 69 to 67 percent.
    • Increase the summer all-depth share from 23 to 25 percent.
    • There was no change to the nearshore fishery, which is allocated 8 percent of the central coast subarea quota.
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepted public requests for 2011 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting.
  • IPHC held its annual interim meeting in Seattle on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. Attendance to the interim meeting is by invitation only.

  • For Area 2A (West Coast) IPHC staff made a preliminary 2011 catch limit recommendation of 0.86 million pounds. IPHC news release

  • Preliminary catch limit recommendations were subsequently considered by IPHC commissioners and advisors for final adoption at the IPHC annual meeting in January.

  • Interim meeting presentations (stock assessment, research, etc.) are available on the IPHC website at www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events.html

 January 2011
  • The 2011 catch limits were set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 25-28.

  • The 2011 catch limit is 0.91 million pounds for Area 2A (West Coast), a 12% increase from 2010.
 February 2011
  • ODFW hosted a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 7, to hear comments about open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery. Comments were also accepted by email and phone. Read the meeting announcement

  • ODFW submitted a report to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission with recommended dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport halibut fishery. Read the report (pdf, 7 pages)
 March 2011
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service approved regulations, including open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery, as recommended by ODFW.

  • 2011 season map

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