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All-depth halibut fishing on the central coast ends; nearshore fishing reopens
 
August 11, 2011

NEWPORT, Ore. – Fishery managers decided today that the central coast all-depth Pacific halibut fishery will not reopen again this year because of insufficient quota.

The central coast fishery, from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, is the most popular halibut fishery among Oregonians. However, with only 11,000 pounds of the original 41,763 pound quota remaining, there are not enough fish for additional days in the all-depth fishery. Instead, the remaining all-depth quota will be transferred to the nearshore (inside 40 fathoms) fishery, which reopens Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.

“Reopening the nearshore fishery will allow for additional halibut fishing without exceeding the Central Oregon quota,” said Lynn Mattes, sport halibut project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “While 11,000 pounds isn’t enough for an additional all-depth day, it should add several weeks to the nearshore fishery, which generally proceeds at a slower pace.”

The summer fishery opened Aug. 5 and 6 with a quota of 41,763 pounds, which included adjustments from the spring all-depth and nearshore fisheries.  Catch during the first opening was approximately 31,000 pounds.

As in the all-depth fishery, anglers participating in the reopened nearshore fishery will not be allowed to retain or possess any bottomfish when halibut are onboard the vessel.

Halibut fishing also continues along the north and south Oregon coasts. The Columbia River fishery (from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon, Ore.) is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 30 or until the remaining quota of approximately 4,900 pounds is attained.

South of Humbug Mountain the season is open seven days a week through Oct. 31.

More details on regulations can be found at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/seasonmaps/Halibut%202011%20regs.pdf or in the 2011 Oregon Sport Ocean Regulations for Salmon, Halibut and Other Marine Species booklet. General regulations can be found in the 2011 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

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Contact:

Lynn Mattes or Patrick Mirick (541) 867-4741

 
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