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Calendar for October

1 South Sound General Meeting  Micheal Schmidt, from LLTK  speaking on the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project

3 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

8 Lake Washington

8 Sno-King General Meeting

13 Gig Harbor General Meeting Garage Sale

13 East Jefferson General Meeting

14 Renton General Meeting

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

15 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Rep. Kevin Van De Wege

15 Eastside General Meeting

15 Everett General Meeting club bake sale will be held to raise money for the Eagle Creek Coho Salmon Hatchery

15 Bellingham General Meeting

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 South King County General Meeting    

21 Whidbey Island General Meeting

28 Save Our Fish Fall fishing techniques




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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

As a recreational fishing leader, I have been in the middle of about every fisheries issue there is. There have been way too many lately and 90% you will never hear about. I need to share history with you on a major issue. WDFW Enforcement

If you have been around for any length of time, you would remember back when WDFW Enforcement's main focus was not to go after the major black market offenders. We were angry that many officers were going after the smallest easy tickets and not after the main offenders that were hijacking our resources. FYI-our fishery and game resources are thought to be poached at the rate of 20%? We think it is much higher. 

The problem is how do you accurately manage your resources if you don't know how big your biomass is? How do you divide up the pie if you do not know how big the pie is?

PSA to this day has many members that are engaged in working our resources with the state and feds. We are at the table, helping manage our resources between WDFW, NOAA, NMFS, IPHC, and even PFMC. While working with them, the data is provided to try to manage from. We have known that there are large black holes in the data, where major poaching occurs. It takes a giant bite out of the resources. Is our outcome accurate considering the void in biomass? Think of it this way. You are trying to manage your checking account, but someone in your family is writing checks you don't know about. How do you balance your checkbook? 

For those of you not around back then, we relentlessly hammered WDFW to step up their Law Enforcement game. Previous Acting Chief Bruce Bjork and Deputy Chief Mike Cenci, took us serious and met that demand. They made changes to the direction of the WDFW Law Enforcement Agency and started making a difference. Large sting operations were implemented on the black markets. During this time frame, I really got to know Deputy Chief Mike Cenci, working through our problems. We saw eye to eye and wanted offenders of all kinds brought to justice. He was a real hero for our resources. He truly cared and required the entire department to rise to the call. Most of the officers did exactly that. At that time, I remember hearing of one officer that wrote only 3 tickets for the year. Get the picture?


Mike started with building a program that provided training, guidance, and support for the officers. They no longer avoided or ignored tribal and non tribal hunting or fishing violations, where the state had jurisdiction. He was able to reach out to many of the tribes to work together on violations. Both sides have violations and he has increasingly gained the respect of more agencies as well as the tribes. With our resources really dwindling it is now more important than ever to protect them.

We are now seeing the largest black market busts ever in Washington state. The transformation of the department has become monumental. We now have a WDFW Law Enforcement agency to be proud of. With Mike's leadership those industry sized black markets are getting shutdown.  No one is turning their head to these offences. We used to see some of this happening while we were out there. It previously was not dealt with.  


But change has it consequences when all are not in favor of the new regime. Some do not like that their job requirements were upped or changed in a different direction than they liked. With previous huge funding cuts in some areas, things change.  Not everyone is going to be happy.  In working with WDFW resource staff managers, Mike and Enforcement are legendary. They provide stability to many of our resources not allowing the major poaching to occur. With the rising costs of seafood, the marine side is never going to be safe from poaching. 

The next time you see a WDFW enforcement officer, be sure to tell him or her thanks. At times they are pulled into major gang drug busts because of their jurisdiction in areas of forests where operations occur. They go into the heart of the territory, many times by themselves, with some of the worst criminals known. We are lucky to have such a devoted group of professionals on our side. They have made a significant change for the better for you, your kids, and your grandkids.

Thank you Mike Cenci and WDFW Enforcment. We all owe you.


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




 RFA Washington


PSA State Board Meeting


March 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am




Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015




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