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Anglers can help shape 2012 sport halibut season
 
August 1, 2011

 

NEWPORT, Ore. –The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking Pacific halibut anglers for their comments and preferences on the 2012 sport halibut season.
             
Interested anglers can comment by phone, e-mail or at one of three public meetings to be held in Newport, Tillamook and North Bend.

“These meetings are an opportunity for anglers to provide input on what the 2012 Oregon Pacific halibut season will look like,” said Lynn Mattes, sport halibut project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“At these meetings, we will discuss some of the constraints on the sport halibut fishery, such as biological factors, allocation issues and catch sharing. And we’ll be asking anglers how they want the season structured in terms of days open and season timing,” she said.

The meetings will consider all three sub-areas off Oregon (Columbia River, Central Coast and South Coast). 

Dates and location for the meeting are:

Newport--Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express (south of the bridge), 135 SE 32nd.

Tillamook—Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m., at the Tillamook ODFW office conference room, 4907 Third Street.

North Bend—Wednesday, Aug 17 at 7 p.m. at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.

“While the final Pacific halibut season will be set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council in November, we’ll share the comments from these meetings with the Council for it to consider as it develops a preliminary proposed season in September,” Mattes said.

There will be additional opportunities for public comment as the season-setting process continues, she added.

Those who cannot attend a meeting can still comment by calling or e-mailing Mattes (Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us) or Patrick Mirick (Patrick.p.mirick@state.or.us) at 541-867-4741 before Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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Contact:

Lynn Mattes or Patrick Mirick (541) 867-4741

 
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