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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2018

    August 2017

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  • ODFW hosts public meetings to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2018 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery. News release

    • Newport. Tuesday, July 25, 6-8 pm (webcast too) at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr.
    • Salem. Wednesday, July 26, 6-8 pm at ODFW Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, in the Commission Room.
    • Brookings. Monday, July 31, 7-9 pm at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, 16008 Boat Basin Rd.
    • North Bend. Tuesday, August 1, 6-8 pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.

* The Newport meeting will be available online via GoTo Meeting.

At the 2017 meeting, in addition to halibut topics, groundfish for 2018 and 2019-2020 will also be discussed.

Those who cannot attend a meeting are invited to comment by contacting or Phone (541) 867-4741.

What's the 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
  • Regulation changes allowed inseason

Read the 2017 CSP (pdf, 13 pages)



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  • After reviewing public input, ODFW prepares recommendations for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

  • ODFW report on proposed changes to the Pacific halibut Catch Sharing Plan (pdf, 8 pages)

   September 2017

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  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting. Council home page

  • Oregon's report on proposed changes for 2018 (pdf, 8 pages)

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

   Late September/Early October 2017

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  • ODFW solicits additional public comment on specific proposals forwarded by the Council via public meetings (North Bend on Sept. 25 and Newport on Sept. 26). On online survey was also available through Oct. 2.

  • Background materials for ODFW meeting and survey (pdf, 20 pages)

  • 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 2018 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information are on the IPHC regulations proposal page.

   November 2017


  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2018 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 14-20, 2017, in Costa Mesa, California.

  • ODFW report (pdf, 10 pages)


  • IPHC holds an interim meeting, November 28-29, 2017 in Seattle. Sessions are webcast. Webcast recordings, meeting presentations, and a post-meeting report are online at IPHC interim meeting.

   December 2017

   January 2018


  • The 2018 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 22-26, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. In-person and webinar attendees must each pre-register.  Webcast recordings and meeting presentations will be posted online after the meeting. IPHC annual meeting

  • For 2018 there is a 10.5% decrease in allowable catch compared to 2017.

   February 2018


  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) by public meeting on January 30, 2018, in Newport OR.


  • ODFW submits a report to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service with recommended dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.).

   March/April 2018


  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (April 20, 2018) 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.

  • Season map


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