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Calendar for December

1 South Sound General Meeting  Chapter meeting,  Christmas Party

3 Save Our Fish Christmas Party

8 Everett General Meeting

8 Sno-King General Meeting  Smoked Fish Contest

13 Gig Harbor General Meeting Chapter meeting,  Christmas Party

13 East Jefferson General Meeting

14 Renton General Meeting Captain Matt will be talking Blackmouth fishing in Puget Sound.

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

15 North Olympic Peninsula General MeetingPat Neal

15 Bellingham General Meeting

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 South King County General Meeting 

21 Whidbey Island General Meeting

 Eastside General Meeting No Meeting

 Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

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State Board Presidents Message from Ron Garner

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year! Hope all in all it was a great year for you. Lots of issues this last year. We hope to get many of them solved but its time to look ahead and plan your trips in the great outdoors. If you fish, its been tough on you. This last weekend (at the time of this writing) was a great time. Our PSA Sno-King Chapter teamed up with Everett Salmon Steelhead Club (Everett PSA) for our winter "Members Only" Blackmouth Derby.  We decided to make it a two day derby as we have had so many cancellations due to weather in the past, this gave members a better chance to fish if the weather blows up one day. It was so much fun to get out and do what we love to do-fish! We have all been down in the dumps over lost fishing opportunity, fee increases, and other issues, but what is greater than getting out and fishing?

Its important to still continue to live and enjoy yourself. We live in the most  beautiful place on earth and its important to not forget that. Getting our clubs out on the water and fishing is so healthy. People were happy and having a good time like we are supposed to.

We will continue to try to fix our problems but don't forget to stop and smell the roses and get the boat, kids, grandkids, and friends out fishing. That is what its all about.

This next year PSA Sno-King with help of the other chapters is bringing back the Monroe Sportsman Show in Monroe.  It will be April 7, 8, 9. We are looking for volunteers to help run the event. It will only get bigger from here. The Seattle Boat Show and Puyallup are coming quickly too. Let's not forget them.

The PSA Polly Fischer All Chapters Derby in Port Townsend will be March 25 and 26 this year, moved forward from April.  We have the Marina Room rented again for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Last year East Jefferson took the win for this derby. Troy McKelvey won it.  Who will win it this year. Hope to see you there and out on the water!

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

December 10th, 2016

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

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