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6 South Sound General Meeting

11 Gig Harbor General Meeting

11 East Jefferson General Meeting

12 Renton General Meetin

12 North Kitsap General Meeting

13 Lake Washington Current Innovations in Fishing Tackle and Technology

13 Sno-King General Meeting Pay your Dues Banquet

18 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

19 South King County General Meeting    Gabe Miller – SPORTCO Black Friday / What’s New / Member Specials!

19 Bellingham General Meeting

19 Whidbey Island General Meeting

20 Everett General Meeting

20 Eastside General Meeting

20 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting   Mike Schmidt, Long Live the Kings, a NGO working on salmon recovery in the Salish Sea 

26 Save Our Fish Neaterlin of WDF&W and Michael Schmidt of Long Live the  Kings -Summary  of study on smolt survival Puget Sound

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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

A huge congratulations and thank you to the Steelhead Trout Club of Washington for intervening in the Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit against WDFW and the Tokul Creek Hatchery! They have hired Perkins Coie Law firm to keep WFC from stopping upgrades to the Tokul Creek Hatchery. This is a big win for the fishing public on the Tokul Creek litigation filed by the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC).  All WFC charges have been dismissed with prejudice and cannot be refiled in a mediation hearing before the state Shorelines Hearing Board. 

STCW has ensured survival of the hatchery. On August 28, 2014, the steelhead trout of Washington secured a major victory for hatchery fish by intervening in a legal challenge to the permits for improvements at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Clubs intervention helped ensure that the Tokul Creek Hatchery will remain open and can receive necessary improvements by WDFW.  A special thanks to Al Senyohl and club for doing such a great job.

 

But there are still WFC lawsuits going against our hatcheries. WFC believes that hatchery strays are part of the reason that our wild fish are dying off. But steelhead are in trouble coast wide. In fact, some of the most pristine rivers in our region in Hood Canal have lost their wild fish runs with ho hatchery intervention at all.

NOAA has to act on the Hatchery and Genetics Management Plan to approve many of our hatchery fish to be released in our hatcheries. The other lawsuits are putting the rest of the Puget Sound Steelhead in Jeopardy as well as lining up to stop all hatchery fish supplementation state wide.

More news is, our Area 2A halibut catch share (California, Oregon, and Washington) is asking to get changed by California. California is proposing that our shares of fish get readjusted to give them more fish. But the problem is that California is going way over on their catches at times because of lack of monitoring.

We have watched our seasons go from months down to mere days. Northern California has found a halibut fishery and is not doing any in season management. Their management system is to wait till the end of the season and then do their counts. They are going over their limit and still refuse to manage. We put in hundreds if not thousands of hours to keep us fishing by trying to manage our halibut fishing. In fact, sadly we now put in more time working and managing this fishery than we do fishing it. California does not deserve a raise in their quota if they are not willing to manage it properly. We highly disagree on any halibut loss to any of our existing parties when California is not willing to manage it properly. This is an issue we are not taking lightly. We are opposing this catch share change reward without California doing in season  management.  

 

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

 
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

 

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)

Future meetings

2015

 

 

 

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