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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2009

 August 2008
  • ODFW hosted two public meetings to introduce and discuss proposed changes for the 2009 Catch Sharing Plan..Meetings were held in Astoria and Newport on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28, respectively.

  • ODFW prepared a report of its recommendations to the Pacific Fishery Managment Council. Read the report (pdf, 2 pages)
 September 2008
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) held a workshop to discuss methods to allocate the coastwide catch limit among catch areas.

  • Oregon's catch area, 2A (which also includes Washington and California), faced a significant reduction under the proposed allocation method.

  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted for further consideration several proposed changes for the Catch Sharing Plan.

 October 2008
  • ODFW held two public meetings to hear public comments regarding the proposed changes adopted by the Council for further consideration.

  • Meetings were held in Newport and Astoria on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, respectively.

 November 2008
  • In its report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, ODFW recommended two changes to the Catch Sharing Plan. Read the report (pdf, 5 pg)
  • The Council, at its meeting in San Diego, Nov. 1-7, adopted both of the changes recommended by ODFW:

    • In the Columbia River subarea, open the spring season 3 days a week, Thursdays-Saturdays
    • In the central coast subarea, allow retention of Pacific cod in the all-depth halibut fishery

    • The Council also discussed halibut allocation among catch areas.
    • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) held an interim meeting (not open to the public).

    • For 2009 IPHC staff made a preliminary catch limit recommendation of 860,000 pounds for Area 2A (=Oregon, Washington and California), a 30% reduction from the 2008 catch limit.
     January 2009
    • IPHC set catch limits, or total allowable catch (TAC), for 2009 at its annual meeting held Jan. 13-16 in Vancouver, BC.

    • A catch limit of 950,000 pounds for Area 2A (=Oregon, Washington and California) was adopted, a 22% reduction from 2008.

    • ODFW hosted a public meeting in Newport (Jan. 22) to hear comments about number of days and dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery:

    • ODFW recommended dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport fishery. Read the report (pdf, 7 pages)

     March 2009
    • NOAA Fisheries adopted ODFW's recommended all-depth dates for the Oregon central coast subarea sport fishery and published the rule on March 19.

    • 2009 season map



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