SPORT FISHERIES: OREGON CENTRAL COAST ALL-DEPTH CLOSURE pdf

The following has closed for the Pacific halibut sport fishery in Oregon, U.S.A.:

Closed: Oregon Central Coast Sub-area summer all-depth Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for the central Oregon all-depth summer Pacific halibut sport fishery openings through 17 September 2017 is 63,547 pounds, leaving an estimated 2,734 pounds in the harvest allocation. This amount is insufficient for further openings in this sub-area and as a result this area is now closed for the remainder of 2017. The remaining pounds will be transferred to the Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore fishery allocation to maintain opportunity in that area.

2017 Pacific Halibut Landing Report No. 5 pdf

Regulatory Area 2A Non-treaty Directed Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery Closed

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2017 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 11 March 2017. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were taken in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through 17 September 2017 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 14 September 2017.

DISCARD MORTALITY STUDY CHARTER ANNOUNCEMENT pdf

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking commercial longline and research vessels to conduct a Pacific halibut discard mortality study in the latter part of October to early November 2017. The study will require fishing conventional fixed gear in an area southeast of Chignik, AK, bounded between the following points (56°05’N, 158°10’W), (56°05’N, 157°25’W), (55°26’N, 156°23’W), (54°55’N, 157°15’W), (54°55’N, 158°10’W), and (55°40’N, 158°50’W). Three sets of 8 skates (1,800’ feet long (300 fathoms) with 100 hooks (#3 (16/0 Mustad)) at 18’ intervals) will be fished per day. A secondary roller will need to be in place in board the rail to enable release of fish into an area where they can be assessed, tagged, and released. Release methods (careful shake, hook straightening, gangion cutting, and hook stripper) will be randomly assigned by skate throughout each set. Two trips of six days will be conducted following an initial two days of test fishing to finalize the experimental protocols. The vessel must be capable of taking three (3) IPHC field biologists for data and sample collections. IPHC will bear bait and ice costs; fuel costs will be borne by the vessel. Some Pacific halibut will be retained and sold by IPHC, and limited retention of Pacific cod and rockfish bycatch may be allowed.

SPORT FISHERIES: CALIFORNIA CLOSURE pdf

Closed: California’s Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for California’s Pacific halibut sport fishery through 3 September 2017 is 31,422 pounds, leaving an estimated 3,158 pounds to be harvested. As a result, the California Pacific halibut sport fishery will close at the end of the day (23:59 PDT) Sunday, 10 September 2017. This fishery will then be closed for the remainder of 2017.

SPORT FISHERIES: IPHC REGULATORY AREA 2B (Canada) Closure pdf

Closed: IPHC Regulatory Area 2B (Canada) Pacific halibut sport fishery - The IPHC Regulatory Area 2B Pacific halibut sport fishery for 2017 is estimated to have harvested the allowed catch limit of 1,118,029 pounds by early September. As a result, the IPHC Regulatory Area 2B Pacific halibut sport fishery will close at the end of the day (23:59 PDT) Wednesday, 6 September 2017. This fishery will then be closed for the remainder of 2017.

REOPENING SPORT FISHERIES: OREGON CENTRAL COAST NEARSHORE pdf

 

The following areas are open or are re-opening for the Pacific halibut sport fishery in Oregon, U.S.A.:

Open: Oregon Central Coast Sub-area summer all-depth Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for the central Oregon all-depth summer Pacific halibut sport fishery openings through 19 August 2017 is 41,314 pounds, leaving an estimated 24,967 pounds in the harvest allocation. This fishery remains open every other week on Friday and Saturday as quota remains, with the next opening scheduled for 1-2 September 2017.

Open: Southern Oregon Sub-area Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimates from the Southern Oregon Sub-area total 1,660 pounds, leaving 8,379 pounds to be harvested. As removals from this region tend to decrease significantly after Labor Day, and to optimize attainment of Oregon’s sport fishery catch limit, 4,000 pounds were transferred to the Oregon Central Coast Sub-area nearshore region to reopen that area. This leaves 4,379 pounds to be harvested in the Southern Oregon Sub-area.

Re-Open: Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for the Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery through 30 July 2017 was 27,967 pounds, leaving an estimated 930 pounds unharvested. To optimize attainment of the Oregon Pacific halibut sport fishery catch limit, fishery managers have transferred 4,000 pounds from the available Southern Oregon Sub-area sport fishery catch limit to the Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery catch limit (for an available catch of 4,930 pounds). This action allows for the reopening of the Central Coast Sub-area seven days a week effective Sunday, 3 September 2017 at 12:01 AM (PDT) until 31 October, or the adjusted quota is met.