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Proposed 2024 sport Pacific halibut and bottomfish seasons topic of ODFW public meetings

July 20, 2023

NEWPORT, Ore – Pacific halibut and bottomfish are two popular recreational ocean fisheries, and ODFW is looking for public input on the 2024 seasons.

ODFW’s marine fisheries managers are hosting a series of meetings Aug. 1 – 3 along the coast to ask anglers and others to weigh in on the upcoming season. Information presented at the meetings will be available in late July on the ODFW recreational Pacific halibut and bottomfish webpages.

Recreational Pacific halibut:
ODFW manages Pacific halibut in partnership with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and National Marine Fisheries Service. ODFW gives the Council the public’s input for consideration in setting Pacific halibut seasons and regulations at their September meeting.

Recreational bottomfish:
The Council set allocations for the 2024 recreational bottomfish fishery. ODFW will review those at the public meetings and asks for input on season structures based on the allocations. This input is then given to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for consideration in setting the 2024 sport bottomfish season at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Meeting schedule:

  • Newport: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, ODFW Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr. Virtual option available.
  • Brookings: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder Str.
  • Winchester Bay: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, Winchester Bay Marina Activity Center, 263 Marina Way.

Aug. 1 optional virtual information:
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Information presented at the meetings will be available in late July on the ODFW recreational Pacific halibut and bottomfish webpages.

Follow @ODFW Marine on Instagram and Twitter.

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Contact:

Christian Heath, 541-857-2531, Christian.t.heath@odfw.oregon.gov
Lynn Mattes, 541-857-2253, lynn.mattes@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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