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Washington North Coast Area Sport Fisheries Closing Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:09

The preliminary catch for the Washington North Coast primary sport halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) through May 16 was 70,308 pounds, leaving 37,722 pounds remaining in the allocation. Fishery managers anticipate this will sustain only one more day of fishing. After consultation with the sport industry, and taking into consideration weather forecasts, the Washington North Coast primary sport halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 and 4 will be closed on Thursday, May 21, and open on Saturday, May 23. State fishery managers project the recreational harvest in those areas to reach the 108,030-pound area quota by the end of May 23, and therefore the North Coast primary sport halibut fishery will be closed for the remainder of the season, effective May 24.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:42
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Juvenile Halibut to be Tagged on Trawl Survey Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:52

Project description

From May through August 2015, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will be releasing halibut that have been tagged with plastic-coated wire tags on the dark side of the head. Tagging will take place on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) trawl surveys in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Most of the halibut that will be tagged and released on the trawl surveys will be less than the minimum commercial size limit (32 in or 81 cm) and if recaptured, are likely to be caught by trawl gear. IPHC is asking harvesters to look for tagged halibut, and, if possible, to leave the tag on the fish until examined by IPHC personnel or a federal groundfish observer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:21
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Non-treaty Directed Commercial Fishing Period Limits in Area 2A for June 24 Fishery Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 06:27

The Commission has determined that fishing period limits will be required during the 10-hour, June 24 non-treaty directed commercial fishing period in Area 2A to avoid exceeding the 164,529 pound catch limit. The June 24 fishing period will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The fishery is restricted to waters that are south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53’18” N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:31
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2015 Halibut Landing Report No. 2 Print E-mail
Friday, 15 May 2015 14:16

Washington South Coast Area Primary Sport Fishery Closed

The Washington South Coast primary sport fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) closed at the end of the day Tuesday, May 12, 2015. State fishery managers project the recreational harvest in that area to have been taken and any quota remaining from the primary season will be added to the separate quota set aside for incidental halibut retention in the Marine Area 2 northern nearshore area. This nearshore fishery remains open to halibut fishing seven days per week until further notice. For more information refer to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website:

https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1587

Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 14:47
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2015 Halibut Landing Report No. 1 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:54

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2015 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 14. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ fishery through April 19, 2015 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through April 15, 2015. No Alaskan Community Development Quota (CDQ) landings have occurred thus far in 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 08:06
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IPHC Notifies Industry of Halibut Sales in 2015 and Seeks Buyers Interested in IPHC Research Fish Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:10

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will be conducting research operations off northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska during 2015 and will be selling halibut caught and sampled during the operations to offset costs associated with conducting the survey. This news release is intended to notify the industry of the IPHC plan to sell fish and to update lists of interested buyers in ports where survey boats will offload.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 15:28
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