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Calendar for January

8 South Sound General Meeting

8 Lake Washington Todd Girtz: "Fishing The Washington Coast for Halibut, Salmon, and Ling Cod"

8 Sno-King General Meeting

13 Gig Harbor General Meeting Guest Speaker is John Hager of Southworth Marine

13 East Jefferson General Meeting

14 Renton General Meeting

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

15 Everett General Meeting

15 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting  Joan Drinkwin of N.W. Straits Foundation will speak on "Ghost pots of Puget Sound"

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 South King County General Meeting    

21 Bellingham General Meeting

21 Whidbey Island General Meeting

22 Eastside General Meeting Steve Chamberlin is a SONAR Professional with 27 years of experience

28 Save Our Fish

 

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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Happy New Year! 2015 should be another great fishing year. But we still have much in front of us to deal with. The WDFW director position is getting ready to be filled. It is going to be interesting to see who will make it. I am sure it will be somebody that we can work with.

Congratulations to the newly formed PSA Ocean Anglers Chapter. Kevin Lanier from Sno-King has moved to Westport and has started an ocean chapter. It is taking off like wildfire! Congratulations to this new chapter and working our coastal fisheries. Kevin has been a great help to PSA since he has moved back here from the east coast. He has engaged our ocean fisheries and helped with decision making and season setting. Kevin will do well.

We have some diver spearfishers that are working on starting our first PSA Dive chapter. We hope to see this work into a great chapter so we can work hand in hand. Many projects could be worked on together.

We have many things to work on this year including helping with the ESA listing of Rockfish in the Puget Sound. NOAA will be releasing its findings shortly on critical habitat and how to go forward with recovering rockfish. Their rockfish panel will be releasing its recommendations and it will be time for us to comment on them. These decisions will be probably be affecting all of our fisheries. We will be engaged in how we manage these going forward.

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that use common sense to deal with 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.

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If enjoy Puget Sound and Snohomish River Coho fishing or enjoy helping enhance 
recreational opportunities please read on!

I'm Kelli Mack from the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club. We took over a 
private salmon hatchery back in 2009 and got it back into operational condition. 
To date we have raised and released over 240,000 Coho into the Snohomish River 
system and currently have 88,000 more on hand to release next spring.

The eyed-eggs we receive are surplus hatchery fish, which if not kept local, 
would be sent away to distant fisheries. We keep these fish in their home river 
system, enriching our catching opportunities.

Although it's functional the hatchery is in need upgrades to ensure the safety 
of eggs, fry, and smolt as we nurture them along their life-cycle.

Please help by making a tax deductible contribution to the campaign Snohomish & 
Puget Sound Coho Fishing Enhancement going on now on Indiegogo here: Coho 
Hatchery Fundraiser Link

Coho fishing in 2013 was almost 8 times better than in 2010 according to a 
comparison of creel checks at the Everett Public Ramp.

 

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

 

 

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PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

Dec 13th 2014

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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