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Sport Pacific halibut - setting the season for 2022

Upcoming dates and details are subject to change.

    August 2021


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  • ODFW hosted an online public meeting on Monday, August 9, 6-7:30pm, to hear ideas and discuss proposed changes for the 2022 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery. News release

In addition to halibut, information about the 2022 sport bottomfish (groundfish) fishery was also presented.

Those who could not attend a meeting were invited to comment by contacting lynn.mattes@odfw.oregon.gov or christian.t.heath@odfw.oregon.gov. 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 2021 CSP (pdf 25 pages)

 

   September 2021


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

  • The Council meets online, September 9-15, 2021, 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 review and comment.

Adopted for further review in Oregon (from the Council decision document):

1. Central Oregon coast and Columbia River subareas:  Allow groundfish retention on all all-depth dates 

  • Status quo: During periods when the groundfish fishery is depth restricted, only sablefish, Pacific cod, and other flatfish species or longleader gear species are allowed with all-depth halibut. 

  • Alternative 1: All groundfish (within bottomfish bag limits) would be allowed with halibut; this would include lingcod, greenlings, rockfish species, etc.

2. Central Oregon coast subarea:  All-depth open days (alternatives may be combined) 

  • Status quo: The central Oregon coast subarea spring and summer all-depth season is open Thursdays through Saturdays.

  • Alternative 1: If the central Oregon coast subarea spring all-depth allocation is greater than 100,000 pounds, the season may open seven days per week starting the 2nd Thursday in May through May 31; then open every Thursday through Saturday, except weeks can be skipped to avoid adverse tides.

  • Alternative 2: If after the first summer all-depth opening (first Thursday-Saturday in August), it is estimated that there will be 60,000 pounds or more remaining on the central Oregon coast combined nearshore and all-depth quotas, the fishery may open seven days per week beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day.

3.  Central Oregon Coast subarea: Daily Bag Limit

  • Status quo: The bag limit can be increased to two fish after Labor Day.

  • Alternative 1: At the conclusion of the spring all-depth season, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, NMFS, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and ODFW will consult to determine whether increasing the bag limit to two fish is warranted with the intent of taking the subarea quota by September 30.

 
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission invites stakeholders to submit proposals for new or amended fishery regulations. IPHC news release


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  • ODFW solicits additional public comment on specific proposals (see below) approved by the Council for additional consideration by virtual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Groundfish will also be discussed. An online survey will also be available. News release

    • Allow groundfish retention on every all-depth date in the Central Oregon Coast and Columbia River Subareas.

    • When Pacific halibut quota levels allow, open the Central Oregon Coast Subarea all-depth fishery seven days per week in May and/or September after Labor Day. Currently, this subarea is open Thursday through Saturday.

    • An option to increase the daily bag limit from one to two Pacific halibut prior to Labor Day.

  • Presentation slides for the public meeting


   November 2021
 
  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2022 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting, November 15-22, 2021.

  • IPHC holds an interim meeting, November 30, 2021. All sessions are open to the public and are webcast. IPHC interim meeting page

   January 2022

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  • The 2022 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 24, 2022. IPHC annual meeting page

  • For area 2A (Oregon, California and Washington), the catch limit approved by IPHC for 2020 and 2021 (1,500,000 pounds) is scheduled to remain in place through 2022.

   February 2022

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  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the all-depth sport halibut fishery in the central coast subarea (including ports from Garibaldi to Gold Beach).. Public meeting on Tuesday, February 8.

    News release with instructions on how to attend the meeting virtually

    Presentation slides

 

  • 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 2022

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  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (April 22, 2022) 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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