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Sport Pacific halibut - setting the season for 2020

  August 2019
  • ODFW hosts public meetings to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2020 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery.

    At the August 2019 meetings, ODFW will gather input for the 2020 recreational halibut season and begin discussing the 2020 and 2021-2022 recreational bottomfish seasons.

    Meeting schedule:

    Salem. Monday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. in Salem at ODFW Headquarters in the Commission Room, 4034 Industrial Drive SE.

    Newport. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. in Newport at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting was also available via webcast.

    Brookings. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m. in Brookings at the Chetco Public Library, 405 Alder St.

    North Bend. Thursday, Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m. in North Bend at the Public Library, 1800 Sherman St.

    Meeting materials:


People who are unable to attend the meetings in person can contact Lynn Mattes at 541-867-4741 ext. 237 or lynn.mattes@odfw.oregon.gov or Christian Heath at 541-867-4741 ext. 266 or christian.t.heath@odfw.oregon.gov.

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 2019 CSP (pdf, 13 pages)

 

  • After reviewing public input, ODFW prepares a report on proposed changes for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

    Proposed Changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (Agenda Item G.1.a, ODFW Report 1) (pdf 6 pages)

    Synopsis of proposals by subarea (see report for details):

    COASTWIDE
    Allow all-depth halibut fishing and longleader gear fishing on the same trip.

    COLUMBIA RIVER and SOUTHERN OREGON
    Revise the southern Oregon subarea allocation:
    “The Southern Oregon Subarea allocation is 3.91% of the Oregon sport allocation up to a maximum of 8,000 pounds. Any poundage over that will be allocated to the Columbia RiverSubarea.”

    CENTRAL COAST
    Revise the start date of the nearshore fishery:
    “If the Central Coast Nearshore fishery allocation is 25,000 pounds or greater, the season will open May 1; if the allocation is less than 25,000 pounds the season will open June 1.”

    Revise the days per week open in the summer all-depth fishery:
    “If the allocation projected to remain in the spring all-depth fishery after its conclusion plus the summer all-depth allocation total 60,000 pounds or more after the spring all-depth season concludes, a third open day may be added to the summer all-depth season open days. Alternative A: Thursday will be the additional open day. Alternative B: Sunday will be the additional open day.”

    Revise the spring all-depth season back-up days:
    “After the spring all-depth season fixed dates, ODFW, NMFS, IPHC and Council staff can confer and determine if back-up dates can be open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.”


 September 2019
  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets September 11-18, 2019, in Boise, ID, and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan. Council home page

  • The Council approves some, none or all proposals (including any that are developed at the Council meeting) for additional public comment. For 2020, the Council approved all Oregonproposals for further comment.

 Early October 2019
  • ODFW solicits additional public comment, using an online survey and/or public meeting, on specific proposals approved by the Council for additional consideration.

    • Public meeting. Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the ODFW Marine Resources Program conference room, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting was also available via webcast for those unable to attend in person.An online survey was available through Tuesday, Oct. 8.

  • Proposed changes include:

    • Starting the Central Coast nearshore halibut May 1 when quotas are high;
    • Adding a third day to the Central Coast summer all-depth fishery when quotas are high;
    • Capping the Southern Oregon Subarea quota at 8,000 pounds and shifting any additional quota to the Columbia River Subarea; and
    • Allowing the longleader gear fishery and all-depth halibut to occur on the same trip.

 October 2019
  • After considering public input, ODFW prepares a report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for decision at its meeting in November.

  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepts public requests for 2020 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information are available on the IPHC regulations proposal page.

 November 2019
  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2020 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 14-20, 2019, in Costa Mesa, CA.

    • ODFW report for the Council with ODFW recommendations (pdf 11 pages)

  • The Council made the decisions shown below regarding proposed changes for Oregon’s 2020 sport halibut regulations.

    New for 2020:

    Southern Oregon and Columbia River Subareas
    The Southern Oregon Subarea allocation is 3.91% of the Oregon sport allocation up to a maximum of 8,000 pounds. Any poundage over that will be allocated to the Columbia River Subarea.
    (Previously: The Southern Oregon Subarea allocation was 3.91% of the Oregon sport allocation.)

    Central Coast Subarea - Nearshore
    If the Central Coast Nearshore fishery allocation is 25,000 pounds or greater, the season will open May 1; if the allocation is less than 25,000 pounds the season will open June 1.
    (Previously: Open June 1, seven days per week.)

    Central Coast Subarea - Summer All-Depth
    If the allocation projected to remain in the spring all-depth fishery after its conclusion plus the summer all-depth allocation total 60,000 pounds or more after the spring all-depth season concludes, a third open day may be added to the summer all-depth season open days. Thursday will be the additional open day.
    (Previously: Open the first Friday and Saturday in August, then every other Friday.)

    Same as 2019:

    Oregon Coastwide: Longleader gear fishing is not allowed on the same trip as all-depth halibut.

    Central Coast Subarea -Spring All-Depth: Available back-up days are every other Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


  • IPHC holds an interim meeting, November 25-26, 2019 in Seattle. All sessions are open to the public and are webcast. IPHC interim meeting.

 February 2020
  • The 2020 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, February 3-7, 2020, in Anchorage, AK. In-person and webinar attendees must pre-register. IPHC annual meeting

  • February 12, 2020. ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.).

    Meeting announcement (news release)

    Presentation
    (pdf)


  • 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 2020
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission 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.

  • A delay in finalizing some 2020 open dates was related to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • 2020 seasons



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