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Calendar for April

3 South Sound General Meeting Fundraiser Banquet

8 Gig Harbor General Meeting

8 East Jefferson General Meeting

9 Renton General Meeting Captain Kerry the first time we have had a tuna speaker at the club

9 North Kitsap General Meeting

10 Lake Washington  Gettinng the Max from your electronics - Jeff Boyer

10 Sno-King General Meeting Zack Miller will tell us the best ways to fill our shrimp pots

15 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Steve Stout / Karl Frantz, Net Pens & Hatchery - Chris Long: Halibut Fishing and Shrimping

15 Bellingham General Meeting

15 South King County General Meeting    Tom Pollack - Puget Sound Lings and Shrimp

15 Whidbey Island General Meeting

16 Everett General Meeting

16 Eastside General Meeting John Beath's trophy Halibut Seminar

17 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting   Herb Prins, Ed St. Charles & Bob Keck:  Halibut fishing techniques, including locations, trolling and anchoring methods

23 Save Our Fish Russ Baker, Pres. Of State Bass Association- He will talk about Fresh water fishing in the Puget Sound Area

Calendar for April

April 19 - Outdoor Emporium - Shrimp, Crab, and bottom fish seminar with Tom Nelson and Ron Garner

Salmon for Soldiers Event September 13, 2014

100 Captains and Boats are needed

Salmon for Soldiers

Protecting Washington’s Yelloweye Rockfish

Rockfish Identification Flyer    

Video - Rockfish are back!!

Did you know that some yelloweye rockfish that are here today were Washington residents before it became a state in 1889? They have been and continue to be an important part of our heritage.

Halibut and bottomfish fishing have also been a part of Washington’s culture for hundreds of years. Many generations of fishermen have relied on halibut and bottomfish for food and recreation.

Fishery Management

A recent stock assessment indicates that the yelloweye rockfish population has declined over 80% from its initial level.  As a result, immediate action must be taken if the stocks of these long-lived fish are to be rebuilt. 

To rebuild yelloweye rockfish populations, the harvest opportunities for this species must be severely curtailed.  In recent years, the Pacific Fishery Management Council has set yelloweye rockfish harvest levels for all commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries combined for California, Oregon, and Washington of about 17 metric tons (mt). This number includes yelloweye rockfish that are discarded at sea.

The Washington recreational harvest target is about 2.7 mt (fewer than 1,000 fish) in coastal waters.  To put this in perspective, in 2001, the Washington recreational fishery harvested 15 mt.

Halibut Fishery in Jeopardy

Yelloweye rockfish, in general, are harvested during the Washington recreational halibut fishery.  If the yelloweye rockfish catch is projected to exceed 2.7 mt, then Pacific ocean waters adjacent to Washington outside 25 fathoms will be closed to recreational bottomfish fishing (including halibut). 


 

If yelloweye rockfish cannot be avoided when anglers are targeting halibut, then we may have to close recreational halibut fishing in the future to protect yelloweye rockfish.  Because the yelloweye rockfish stock may not be rebuilt for over 100 years, the problem of managing the yelloweye fishery will continue through our lifetime; however, you have the ability to help save the halibut fishery now and preserve the yelloweye resource for the future.

Yelloweye Rockfish Facts:

  • Live to be 120 years old
  • Range extends from Mexico to Alaska
  • Found in deeper, rocky bottom areas
  • Slow growing,low productive species
  • Reddish-orange in color with bright yelloweye
  • Commonly called "red snapper"
  • Often spend their entire lifetime on one rockpile

How You Can Help

  • If you are participating in the recreational halibut or bottomfish fishery, please avoid areas that are known to have yelloweye rockfish.
  • If you do accidentally catch a yelloweye, please return to the water s soon as possible.
  • Help spread the word to others about the severity of the yelloweye rockfish depleted population and the possible consequences of not avoiding yelloweye areas
  • If you do not know what areas may have yelloweye rockfish, please consult a local resort, motel, or charter office or other expert before fishing

Great rockfish recompression video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiZFghwVOyI

 

 

 RFA Washington

 

President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Thanks to all that helped support WDFW Commission Chair Miranda Wecker on her Senate Confirmation Hearing. She has a tough job making sure that our states natural resources conservation needs are met then the appropriate amount can be harvested. One of her main issues was using and expanding selective fishing and methods. There was some opposition to her from some of the commercial fishers but not during the hearing. She answered questions well and gave her perspective on other nonfish issues such as the wolves and elk. She is s true leader and someone we can be proud of.  

Our PSA Voter Voice showed huge support for her. We ran it a short time and so did CCA. Senate Natural Resource Chair Kirk Pearson was a class act and gave her the allotted time she needed to prove she is worthy of Senate confirmation. This means that she cannot be fired by the Governor’s office. She has unselfishly given her time since 2005 as a commissioner. They are not paid for their services and only get their expenses reimbursed. They put in more free gratus hours than most paid employees. Thank you Miranda and all commissioners! We look forward to being able to announce your confirmation when it happens. You deserve it.

It took a while to get her reappointed with Governor Inslees office, but it happened and now up for confirmation. The next governor will want to pick their own commissioners and those confirmed cannot be replaced until their term expires. All others are vulnerable. This is why it’s important that she is confirmed.

We are in for one heck of an ocean fishery. 1.6 Million Chinook returning to the Columbia River. Not to mention 1 million Coho and 400,000 sockeye. This will be one heck of a season if the forecasts are right. Biggest CR run since 1938. Be there for this one!

The booths at the Puyallup Sprotsman show and Seattle Boat show went well. We had the Fish Descender device program back on display. We are going places with this device and rockfish identifaction education program.

April 5 will be our “PSA All Chapters Derby” in Port Townsend. This is where our individual chapters are going to fish for Chinook competitively to win the PSA Plaque. This is a great event for the chapters to get together and meet new fishing friends.

We are the true conservationists in Washington that work with common sense on our fisheries. Join your local chapter today and be part of the solution. We understand today’s problems and are working together for a better tomorrow.

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

June 14th 2014

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

Oct 18th

Dec 13th

 

 

 

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