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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
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.
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.