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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2016

    August 2015


  • ODFW hosted public meetings to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2016 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery.

    Meeting presentation slides (pdf, 24 pages)

    North Bend. Monday, August 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, North Bend Public Library.

    Newport. Tuesday, August 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, ODFW Marine Resources Program office at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The Newport meeting was available online via GoTo Meeting.

Those who could not attend a meeting were invited to comment by contacting Lynn Mattes at or (541-867-0300 x237).

What's a Catch Sharing Plan?

The CSP is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

  • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
  • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
  • Bag limits
  • Length limits
  • Allowable inseason regulation changes

Read the 2015 CSP (pdf, 13 pages)


   September 2015


  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, September 9-16, in Sacramento.

  • The Council approves some, none or all proposals (including any that are developed at the Council meeting) for additional public comment.

  • More details available in the Council briefing book.

   October 2015


  • ODFW solicits additional public comment on proposals forwarded by the Council.

  • ODFW hosts three public meetings, all starting at 6 pm, to discuss 2016 Pacific halibut 2016 and also 2017-2018 groundfish:

    • Monday, Oct. 12, Brookings at the Best Western Beachfront Inn
    • Tuesday, Oct. 13, North Bend at the North Bend Public Library
    • Thursday, Oct. 15, Newport at the ODFW Marine Resources Program office. This meeting was also webcast.

      Presentation slides:

    • Pacific halibut (pdf, 23 pages)
    • Bottomfish (groundfish) (pdf, 23 pages)

    An online halibut survey was available for those who could not attend a meeting.


  • After considering public input, ODFW prepares a report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for decision at the November Council meeting.

  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepts public requests for 2016 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information will be available on the IPHC annual meeting website. Deadline Oct. 31

   November 2015


  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2016 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 14-19, Garden Grove, CA.

   December 2015


  • IPHC holds its annual interim meeting, December 1-2, 2015 in Seattle, WA. This meeting is open to the public, and webcast will also be available. More information at IPHC

    • Meeting presentations (stock assessment, research, etc.) will be available on the IPHC website after the meeting.

    • For Area 2A (West Coast) IPHC staff make a preliminary 2016 catch limit recommendation.

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

  • IPHC invites proposals for 2016 catch limits or harvest advice. Deadline Dec. 31.

   January 2016


  • The 2016 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 25-29, in Juneau, AK. The annual 2016 catch limit for Area 2A (Oregon, Washington and California) is 1.14 million pounds (up from 0.97 million pounds in 2015).

   February 2016


  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery. News release. A public meeting was held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in Newport. There were three ways to give feedback: attend the public meeting, participate in the public meeting via webinar, or take an online survey.

    Presentation slides (pdf, 22 pages)


  • ODFW submits a report to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service with recommended dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport halibut fishery.

  • Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth fixed and back-up dates
    • ODFW staff met and discussed input received from the public meeting and webinar, e-mails, phone calls, and online survey.
    • ODFW staff is recommending twelve fixed dates:  May 12-14; May 19-21; May 26-28; and June 2-4. Back-up dates: June 16-18; June 30-July 2; July 14-16; and July 28-30.
    • June 2-4 has a significant negative tide early in the morning, and ODFW received requests to skip that weekend. However, if that weekend were skipped, the back-up dates would fall in the same weeks as the directed commercial fishery openings (which is open every other Wednesday). ODFW heard from many people that it was preferable to have the sport all-depth fishery open during the one negative-tide weekend rather than have subsequent back-up days open during the same weeks as the commercial fishery. By being open the weekend of June 2-4, the back-up openings will be on opposite weekends from the commercial fishery.

  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the sport halibut seasons at its meeting on April 22. Recommended season map (pdf)

   March-April 2016


  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (April 22, 2106) and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve regulations, including open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery.


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