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1/17/14 ACTION NOTICE - INCIDENTAL TROLL HALIBUT (update from IPHC on 1/23/14): The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has set the incidental troll salmon Pacific Halibut quota for Area 2A (Washington, Oregon, and California) at 29,671 lbs for the 2014 season.

The retention of Pacific Halibut is allowed beginning April 1 only in open salmon seasons by licensed troll salmon vessels that have been issued an incidental Pacific Halibut harvest license. Applications for 2014 licenses received by the IPHC must be postmarked by March 17, 2014 (this is an exception for 2014 since March 15 falls on a weekend). Applications are expected to be available for download from the IPHC website at http://www.iphc.int/commercial/2a-licensing.html in late February.

From April 1 to 30 in open salmon seasons, holders of the IPHC incidental Pacific Halibut license may land or possess no more than one Pacific halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 15 halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. Pacific halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches in total length (with head on).

Note: Although the troll salmon season from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border is scheduled to start on March 15, 2014, this season may be modified by in season action at the March 8-13 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Sacramento, CA. Final ocean salmon seasons for the period of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 will be set at the April 4-9 PFMC meeting in Vancouver, WA.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

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Contact: Region 5 Office, (360) 696-6211

Anglers get another 18 days to catch
sturgeon in Columbia River estuary
 

OLYMPIA - This year’s recreational fishery for white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary has been extended for the second time, giving anglers 18 more days of fishing.  After closing July 11 at the end of the first extension, the fishery will reopen from July 15 through Aug. 1 under a new agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

That extension, like the first one, is based on data that show this year’s catch is still well below this year’s 9,600-fish harvest guideline. "Both the catch and the number of anglers fishing the estuary have fallen short of expectations this the season," said Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "As a result, we feel we can safety extend the season for a second time, while holding the total harvest within the annual quota."

The area affected by the states’ action extends from the mouth of the Columbia upriver to the Wauna powerlines near Cathlamet. As of July 11, when the initial 11-day  extension ended, anglers had taken only about 3,900 sturgeon from that area.

As during the regular season, the daily catch limit is one white sturgeon, with a fork-length measurement of 41 inches to 54 inches. All green sturgeon must be released.  

 
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