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Calendar for February

1 South Sound General Meeting   

8 Sno-King General Meeting Greg Mueller of the Washington Trollers Association and fellow fishing advocate is our guest speaker

13 East Jefferson General Meeting

14 Gig Harbor General Meeting Our speaker will be State President Ron Garner giving a presentation on the state of our salmon fishery

14 Renton General Meeting

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

15 Eastside General Meeting Boat, Motor & Trailer Maintenance

15 Everett General Meeting

15 Bellingham General Meeting

15 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting No Meeting

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 South King County General Meeting 

28 Save Our Fish  

Speaker: Anil Srivastava
owner of Puget Sound Fly Fishing

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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Dear Commissioners and Tami,

 

Attached is our Puget Sound Anglers letter concerning the Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Plan. We have fully invested hundreds of ours on this issue. 

The Stillaguamish river Chinook is the main problem. The facts of the river were not well thought out and are going to make a self inflicted disaster on Washington State. The general public is outraged and is starting to understand that this signed plan is going to cause unjustified harm to us and our state and does not fix the problem. The fact sheet will back up our findings.

We have had some of the best biologists (WDFWs retired) review and model the management plan for us. In responding, they have said this is a terrible (Stillaguamish portion driver) plan and should never have been signed.  

I am attaching:

Our letter

Fact Sheet

Letter from Master Marine in lost boat sales

2011 Study showing Hunting and Fishing $1.6 Billion dollar income

 We welcome your feedback and are happy to work with you in any way possible. This is an unacceptable self imposed crisis in the making and cannot go forward as presented. It must either be altered or rescinded and cannot be used as a framework for 2018 NOF. 

 Sincerly,

Ron Garner

President 

Puget Sound Anglers 

State Board

         

State Board Presidents Message

 

We hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Starting this year it is going to be important to get involved in our fisheries more than ever. Issues arise and I feel that as a constituent that helps keep the lights on at WDFW, we are not valued other than a revenue source. Am I preaching to the choir? Our NOF was very toxic during 2016 negotiations. Last year WDFW entered into a 10 year Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan, this was in the process for most of a year and no public or constituent input was asked for. Not even the WDFW Commission (Policy making body for WDFW) was told about it. It's sad when the President of the Puget Sound Anglers is the first to get it and sends it out to everyone else. I have to tell you that I feel sorry for staff and do not believe that they were in agreement with this as sitting in meetings with them and how frustrated they were having to explain this. It was obvious they were upset and having to defend something that I don't think they agreed with was shown in their frustration. 

There should have been stakeholder and Commission input along the way of putting this together. But this never happened. It was kept quiet and then when done was dropped in our laps. I am leaving right now for Olympia again to see what we can do to change the outcome for this. PSA is working very hard on your behalf and every high up relationship is going to be used to make sure we secure fisheries for you, your family, kids, and grandkids.

We are finally starting to see hatchery production increases so we can fish more and at the same time feed our Orcas. This is a work in progress but necessary for us as Washingtonians. Please stay tuned! Join and support your local Puget Sound Anglers Chapter.   

Thanks

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

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

 

 

 RFA Washington

 

PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

 March 3, 2018

 

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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June 9
Oct 6
Dec 8
 

 

 

 

 

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