Non-treaty Commercial Fishing Period Limits in Area 2A for June 27 Fishery
The Commission has determined that fishing period limits will be required during the 10-hour, June 27 non-treaty directed commercial fishing period in Area 2A to avoid exceeding the 173,216 pound catch limit. The June 27 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 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.
|Vessel Class||Fishing Period Limit (pounds)
The appropriate vessel length class and letter are printed on each vessel license.
The fishing period limit is shown in terms of dressed, head-off weight as well as dressed, head-on weight, although fishers are reminded that regulations require that all halibut from Area 2A be landed with the head on.
The fishing period limit applies to the vessel, not the individual fisher, and any landings over the vessel limit will be subject to forfeiture and fine.
NMFS implemented mandatory depth-based area closures that are in effect for the directed halibut fishery to protect specific rockfish species. For the exact coordinates of the closed areas, go to the following web page: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Groundfish-Halibut/Pacific-Halibut/Halibut-Closed-Areas.cfm
For further information, call the NMFS hotline at 1 800-662-9825, then press "7" for the halibut fisheries.
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Bruce M. Leaman
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983
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