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Calendar for June

4 South Sound General Meeting  Dave Knutsen, speaking on adipose fin clipping of salmon in Washington State

9 Gig Harbor General Meeting Club swap meet

9 East Jefferson General Meeting

10 Renton General Meeting Ryan Lothrop is the WDFW’s Puget Sound Salmon Manager, and he’ll be going over last years preseason forecasts vs actual

10 North Kitsap General Meeting

11 Lake Washington Expert Panel on Catching Lake Washington Cutthroat

11 Sno-King General Meeting Kevin Lanier "Salmon from the Pacific Ocean"

16 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting Danny Gabriel will be presenting "Old School" techniques for Salmon Fishing

17 South King County General Meeting    Glen & Cami Bayer - Salmon Derby Prep

17 Whidbey Island General Meeting

18 Bellingham General Meeting

18 Everett General Meeting Speaker Greg Rockenbach of Greg's Custom Rods

18 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting Walt Blenderman, PSA member, will speak on Salt water salmon fishing how to's

18 Eastside General Meeting Scotty Landis,Topic is River Salmon and Steelhead Fishing

24 Save Our Fish Rob Larson on summer stealhead fishing

 

 

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President's Column -

By Ron Garner

We are at it again. NOAA is appearing to sit by and let the Wild Fish Conservancy dictate the non release of steelhead smolts into the river by not letting the HGMPs ride. If you are a saltwater fisher, how does this effect you? Chinook and Coho are next. Steelhead are the low hanging fruit and a way to set precedence. This is our letter to NOAA about this failure. Seattle Trout Club is working diligently with lawyers to get these fish released. We need to turn our fisheries around and without hatcheries they will fail. This puts all pressure back on the state.

May 20, 2015
 
 

NOAA Sustainable Fisheries

1201 Northeast Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100

Portland, OR 97232

 

Dear Mr. Jones,

We are aware that the NOAA-Fisheries decision (hopefully approval) is pending on  three Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) covering respective hatchery production of early winter Puget Sound steelhead for release into the Dungeness, Nooksack & Stillaguamish Rivers.  While the last public comment period ended earlier this month, it is our purpose now, because of the urgency of the situation, to encourage your agency to make your final decision and publish it in the Federal Register in time to avoid the wasting of thousands of early winter Puget Sound hatchery steelhead smolts as was done last year.  It is my understanding that the smolts must be released into the respective rivers by June 1 to avoid residualization.  Dumping those smolts into select lakes for trout fisheries, as was done in 2014, is unacceptable and almost guarantees that sufficient adult brood stock would not be available to continue the hatchery steelhead programs. On behalf of Puget Sound Anglers 8,000 members and being the voice of the recreational anglers in Washington state, we respectfully request a decision approving the release into rivers of these smolts be made soon, even if that decision results in a subsequent attempt by the Wild Fish Conservancy, et al. to secure a temporary restraining order to block release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife of the smolts into the cited rivers.   I would hope that if WFC litigation is pursued that various sports groups and affected tribes would join with the state in supporting NOAA-Fisheries defense of it’s decision.

In the event that a decision is not made in time for the release of the smolts into the rivers, then your agency will be held responsible for the demise of the early winter steelhead runs for these rivers.

Sincerely,

Ron Garner

President

Puget Sound Anglers

State Board

Come and learn how to fish from our skilled members at a local chapter. We are the true conservationists in Washington that use common sense to deal with 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.

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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

March 7th 2015

Start Time is 9:00am

EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER

220 RAILROAD AVENUE EDMONDS, WA

(1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE FERRY)

Future meetings

June 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

December 12th, 2015

 

 

 

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