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Sport Pacific Halibut - Setting the Season for 2015

  August 2014
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  • ODFW hosted public meetings in Brookings (Aug. 5), North Bend (Aug. 6) and Newport (Aug. 11) to hear and discuss proposed changes for the 2015 Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). This is the opportunity for the public to initiate changes to the Pacific halibut sport fishery.

  • Those who could not attend a meeting were invited to comment by contacting Lynn Mattes or Patrick Mirick by e-mail or by phone. The Newport meeting was also available live online with GoToMeeting.

What's the Catch Sharing Plan?

The CSP is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

  • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
  • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
  • Bag limits
  • Length limits
  • Allowable inseason regulation changes

Read the 2014 CSP (pdf, 14 pages)

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  • After reviewing public input, ODFW prepares recommendations for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

  • The Council also considers letters and e-mails directly from the public.

   September 2014
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  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council meets September 12-17 in Spokane, WA, and considers proposals for changes to the Catch Sharing Plan. It then approves some, none or all proposals (including any that are developed during the Council meeting) for additional public comment. Council briefing book - Pacific halibut agenda items

  • "The Council adopted for public review a range of six non-treaty commercial and recreational fishery allocation options intended to provide for a greater recreational allocation for the California subarea, in response to new information indicating a higher abundance of Pacific Halibut and greater fishery interest in this area than when the catch sharing plan was originally adopted. Changes to recreational fishery management measures for Washington, Oregon, and California, including season dates or days open, were also adopted for public review. Detailed descriptions of the options will be available on the Council’s website soon. Final Council action is scheduled for the November 2014 Council meeting." From the Council decsion document

  • ODFW solicits additional public comment on proposals forwarded by the Council.
   October 2014
  • After considering public input, ODFW prepares a report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for decision at the November Council meeting.
   November 2014
  • The Council adopts final changes for the 2015 Catch Sharing Plan at its meeting November 14-19 in Costa Mesa, CA.
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) accepts public requests for 2015 regulatory changes (e.g., season length) or management actions for review at its annual meeting. A form and more information will be available on the IPHC annual meeting website.
   December 2014
  • IPHC holds its annual interim meeting, Dec. 2-3, in Seattle. Attendance to the interim meeting is by invitation only. Interim meeting presentations (stock assessment, research, etc.) will be available on the IPHC website.

  • For Area 2A (West Coast) IPHC staff recommend a preliminary 2015 catch limit

  • Preliminary catch limit recommendations are subsequently considered by IPHC commissioners and advisors for final adoption at the IPHC annual meeting in January.

   January 2015
  • The 2015 catch limit is set by IPHC at its annual meeting, January 26-30 in Vancouver, BC.

   February 2015
  • ODFW solicits public comment about open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery.

  • ODFW submits a report to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service with recommended dates for the Oregon central coast subarea spring all-depth sport halibut fishery.
   March-April 2015
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve regulations, including open dates for the central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) all-depth sport halibut fishery.


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