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Calendar for September

4 South Sound General Meeting

9 Gig Harbor General Meeting

9 East Jefferson General Meeting

10 Renton General MeetingAnnual Auction and Fish Fry

10 North Kitsap General Meeting

11 Lake Washington Fishing The Upper Columbia River for Sockeye and Kings
Doug Hitchcock

11 Sno-King General Meeting Advanced Downrigging Tips & Techniques by KENT ALGER

17 South King County General Meeting    Terry Wiest – Fall Coho Tactics (Rivers)

17 Bellingham General Meeting

17 Whidbey Island General Meeting

18 Everett General Meeting

18 Eastside General Meeting Coho with Doug Saint-Denis

18 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting   John Beath:  Coho fishing techniques

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Club meeting and Derby

24 Save Our Fish Ryan Bigley- Sound Bite Sportfishing- Coho Snohomish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie- Tim Himmelberger

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

 

 

 RFA Washington

 

President's Column -

By Ron Garner

Hello to all and hope you had a great summer. We have many issues in front of us. Our WDFW Director is resigning and this is going to be quite challenging. This is a very challenging job. It is overseeing our lands, waters, fisheries, hunting, enforcement, etc. A very thankless job with a huge amount of responsibility. I don’t know where this is going to lead with a new director. A huge thank you to Phil Anderson for his hard work. Many do not know how much he has done for our fisheries including being instrumental in stopping the big tractor tired bottom draggers off of our coast and shutting down draggers in the Puget Sound. This is just the tip of the iceberg of many other things he has done for us.

Some of our main issues we are going to be dealing with are hatchery lawsuits and how to get our Hatchery and Genetics Management Plans approved by NOAA so that WDFW is not on the hook for more lawsuits. At our hearing with Senator Kirk Pearson over the Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit/settlement with WDFW.  At the hearing, WFC went on record saying the only hatcheries that they approve of are the closed ones. Rob Jones from NOAA brought forward that they hadn’t been in a hurry to get the HGMPs approved because if they “untied” WDFW from the railroad tracks, they would be tieing themselves to the railroad tracks. In other words they would rather have WDFW sued than them.

HGMPs need to be reviewed and approved by NOAA but they are low on staff and are very complex. This is a huge obstacle in our fisheries. But stay tuned as we have budget issues to deal with on top of all of this.

Upcoming important events:

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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