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Calendar for July

5 South Sound General Meeting speaker will be LeeRoy Wisner speaking on Willapa Bay fall salmon fishing

8 Gig Harbor General Meeting 10 East Jefferson General Meeting

9 Renton General Meeting Steve Chamberlin is a SONAR Professional with 27 years of experience

9 North Kitsap General Meeting

10 Lake Washington Succesful techniques and Locations for Puget Sound Salmon 

10 Sno-King General Meeting See 5 different chefs prepare a variety of gourmet seafood dishes and sample the results

15 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting


16 Bellingham General Meeting

16 South King County General Meeting    ALBACORE TUNA – with Todd Girtz

16 Whidbey Island General Meeting

17 Everett General Meeting

17 Eastside General Meeting

17 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting  

23 Save Our Fish Ron Warren- WDFW Asst. Director

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

Summer is upon us and it’s time to fish! I hope everyone can take the much needed time off to get on the water. It seems many of us are busier than ever and taking days off to fish is getting near impossible. But since fishing is at the core of our hearts, we will find a way.

There will be some impressive salmon runs this year that will surely bring smiles to everyones face including those kids. Get them out on the water but make sure they have their life jackets on. We have crabbing coming up shortly and halibut and shrimping in the Puget Sound behind us. I hope everyone did well with these fisheries that we worked so hard to gain.

One thing that we need to remember is that safety is first and things happen fast on the water. A boat sunk in front of me when shrimping the Puget Sound opener. We had big winds in the Edmonds area. This boat stood straight up on end then went down when a wave went over the back. This happened in seconds. I yelled for the crew to hold on cracked the throttles and called in a Mayday in a matter of seconds. We were the second boat on the scene. The good lord was watching out for this guy as the water flattened in this area for this little Arima to drive up to him and pull him out of the water. It would not have been as easy if the wind was what it was when it flipped. I took a picture and in the background you can see whitecaps but where we were it laid down.  He was in the water about 2-3 minutes. Fast reaction and knowing what to do is something that we have to be prepared for. Make sure all of your safety devices are intact and your boat is ready for this season.  Flares, fire extinguishers, floatation devices, float coats should always be worn and equipment should be shown to all before leaving the dock so if an emergency arises, they will know what to do.

PSA State and Sno-King purchased 400 more rockfish descending devices and handed them out to fishers that were fishing the ocean. We had 3000 rockfish identification sheets printed and handed many out already. This year we expanded 70 fish descending devices to Westport with the identification sheets. We are making a difference in our fisheries by education outreach. Using rockfish descending devices and understanding what a rockfish feels like on the hook, can allow slow retrieve to save the fish. Our crew has gotten so good at it, that it is extremely rare for us to have a rockfish with boated eyes or stomachs out the mouth anymore. This is even from 600’ deep! Being a forerunner of rockfish descending we have learned invaluable techniques are passing on to our sportsfishers.  These fisheries are ours to take care of or lose. It is imperative to monitor and conserve our fisheries for us to enjoy.

Salmon for Soldiers will be September 13 and everyone should come and honor our war heroes. Most chapters will be supplying the boats for this event to take them fishing. For more info go to www.salmonforsoldiers.com

Everett Central Lions Club Derby for the Blind will be the following day, Sept 14, where we take blind people fishing. Everett has been doing this for longer than I have. I think this will be my 10th year. PSA donates most of the boats and crew for this wonderful event.

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that work using 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. www.pugetsoundanglers.org

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

Oct 18th 2014

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

Dec 13th

 

 

 

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