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Calendar for June

7 South Sound General Meeting  

12 East Jefferson General Meeting

13 Gig Harbor General Meeting

13 Renton General Meeting

13 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Sno-King General Meeting Tuna Fishing'

19 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

20 South King County General Meeting s

21 Eastside General Meeting Pat Pattillo has been working the last three years with Sport fishing groups including Puget Sound Anglers during the annual salmon season-setting process known as North of Falcon

21 Everett General Meeting Crabbing seminar presented by Woody Woods and Dave Miller.

21 Bellingham General Meeting

21 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Russ Mellon - Fishing the Straits 101

27 Save Our Fish  WDFW presentation on White River

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  



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Presidents Message

What a busy year it has been for our fisheries. Starting with the 10 year Puget Sound Chinook Management plan going upside down, and the WDFW Director losing his job over it. He just was not fully engaged to the point of understanding the entire picture, signed off on what would have collapsed the Puget Sound fishing with its businesses, and what it did to his constituents. Did you know that this plan was so bad that one of my friends businesses had 6 boat building orders cancelled and checks returned, to selling over 32 boats with the boat show, when the director resignation came out? That was in a very short time! Our businesses that support our fisheries were going to collapse. Puget Sound Anglers was a giant part of stopping this. We have a very engaged set of hardworking men and women that truly care. All deserve a big thank you.

Next on to the Pacific Salmon Treaty that still is in limbo. This is a treaty between US and Canada or really Alaska, BC, and lower 48 west coast. It is not going well. While we are fighting for fish down here so are our neighbors to the north wanting our fish. This is the time the tribes and us are in the same boat and that is that we are the last in line to harvest what is left of our fish. It's time that we take a stand together to oppose the northern fisheries taking most of our fish. We have more in common than ever before.

Our Orcas are exposing the problem we as fishers have known for years. We are no longer producing enough fish to support our ecosystem. We have far too many predators wiping out our salmon. Between birds and pinnipeds they are doomed unless we can remove some of them from the system. NOAA has said that a minimum of 10 Million smolts are being consumed in the Puget Sound before they make it out in the salt. 

At the North of Falcon Meeting in Lynnwood this year, our tribes came into the room with us. This was a planned Plenary Session. It went far better than I could have ever hoped. NWIFC Chair Lorraine Loomis and Director Craig Bowhay started off with the loss of habitat in our region. It is going away faster than it is being rebuilt. We agree with them. We have the largest building boom in the United States with more and more people moving into our region it is going to be tougher to rebuild. We were up to talk shortly after as PSA was largely in attendance at this meeting. We welcomed all of our tribal friends. I started off that we agreed with them about loss of habitat effecting ng our fisheries. We brought us that we all have something in common and that was that all of in the room were probably the only ones that understood that predation on our salmon by cormorants and pinnipeds were wiping out our fisheries and that the other 90% of Washington's residents (nonfishers) have no idea that these predators are killing off our salmon at unrecoverable rates and it not being addressed anywhere but us that know that it is going on.

We also followed up with the Pacific Salmon Treaty and that Alaska is digging its heels in and not willing to give up any fish. Alaska takes a lot of BC fish  therefore BC takes ours. Alaska also takes quite a few of our fish too. The tribes once again nodded their head in agreement.

We are being effected with the same issues as the tribes. Our predation issues are not being addressed nor will be fixed until the public understands that we are losing our s0almon and that is hurting our orcas. PSA invited them to build a coalition with us to deal with this and our neighbors to the north that our taking over 60% of our salmon. Washington State's tribes, commercials and recreationals are at the end of the road where ESA is paid for. The deck is stacked against us and its time that we work together and fix the mess we have in this state.

This was the best meeting I have ever attended between us and the tribes. We were oin full agreement on our issues and understand that we are at the eindd of our fisheries if we do not work together and fix our issues. I did a follow up call with Chair Loomis after the meeting and was invited to come and talk at the NWIFC in May for next steps. We are in total agreement with our issues and it's time to band together.

Our Puget Sound Fishing seasons will be better than last year in some areas. I hope you and your family take the time to go fish on our salmon stocks. Thats what we work so hard to do is keep us all fishing. Join your local PSA Chapter.

Ron Garner

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




 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting


June 9, 2018


Start Time is 9:00am




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