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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2008

 August 2007
  • ODFW did not host a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Catch Sharing Plan for 2008 due to the uncertainty of the 2008 catch allocation, which could have been reduced as much as 50% from 2007 levels.
  • Background. A new approach to the annual stock assessment was proposed by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) to determine an estimate of coastwide biomass. The estimate of coastwide biomass was then divided into areas. The amount designated for Area 2A (Oregon, Washington and California) was a substantial reduction from recent years. IPHC reviewed an external report from a stock assessment workshop.
  • The public had an opportunity to submit their own recommendations for the 2008 halibut sport fishery to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for consideration at its September meeting. Recommendations for allocation and fishery structure (seasons, bag limits, etc.) were sought.
 September 2007
  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council selected for further consideration proposed changes to the Catch Sharing Plan.
  • The Council discussed the stock assessment and catch apportionment, and it developed recommendations for adoption of the new methodology.

 November 2007
  • PFMC adopted final changes for the Catch Sharing Plan.
  • No changes were made to the Oregon fishery.
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) held an interim meeting (not open to the public) on Nov. 28.

  • The 2008 catch limit recommendation for Area 2A (Ore., Wash. and Calif.) of 1.0 million pounds is a 23 percent reduction from 2007.  This is part of a two-year recommendation for Area 2A to reduce catch by 50 percent (from 1,300,000 pounds in 2007 to 650,000 pounds in 2009). 

  • For 2008 the IPHC staff recommends a coastwide catch reduction of 9 percent from 2007 levels. 

 January 2008
  • IPHC set harvest levels, or total allowable catch (TAC), for 2008 at its annual meeting in Portland, OR, Jan. 15-18.

  • A catch limit of 1.22 million lbs. for Area 2A (Oregon, Wash. and Calif.) was adopted, 9 percent less than the 2007 limit.

  • The IPHC staff recommendation to reduce the catch limit in area 2A by 25 percent was not adopted. Read the IPHC news release

  • ODFW Public Meeting

    Jan. 24 (Thursday), 2008, 7 p.m., Embarcadero Hotel, 1000 SE Bay Blvd., Newport

    ODFW heard public comments on the following topics regarding the all-depth sport halibut fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt.:

    • The number and dates of fixed open days during the spring (May-July) all-depth season.
    • Back-up dates for the Spring fishery in case quota remains after the fixed dates.
    • Scheduled dates for the Summer (August-October) all-depth season
  • ODFW recommended dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport fishery.
 March 2008
  • NOAA Fisheries finalized dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport fishery; the dates recommended by ODFW were adopted.

  • 2008 season map



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