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Calendar for September

1 South Sound General Meeting  September Larry Skewis will be talking about boat maintenance on
boats or trailers.

14 North Kitsap General Meeting

14 Renton General Meeting 

14 Sno-King General Meeting

15 Everett General Meeting No Meeting Matt Kennedy will give a presentation of the Eagle Creek Coho Hatchery.

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

21 South King County General Meeting    

21 Whidbey Island General Meeting

21 Bellingham General Meeting

21 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting

27 Eastside General Meeting

28 Save Our Fish

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Message for September

I hope many of you have enjoyed the increase in the amount of returning salmon we have had this year.

This stems from the vastly improved recent ocean conditions. We have shown a chart that tracks the health of the ocean that you can look at a series of good conditions over years that end up with big fish and lots of them. We are into a few years of that phase right now (La Nina). It needs to keep going with cooler, healthier waters.

What is needed is a way to track run size so that when it comes in bigger than forecast, we can keep fishing. This year is a prime example of that. All areas were reworked constantly to keep them open at times to catch our quota. We took my boat down to Westport with friends. It was an absolutely great fishing season. We love to run divers and downriggers at the same time. Many people don’t know how effective divers are in both the ocean and Puget Sound. We use the Dipsy diver as it has an adjustable weight on the bottom so you can tune them away from the downriggers. This year the biggest king came in on a diver.

 

What we need from all of you now are for you to contact your WDFW Commissioners. We have some new commissioners that are talking with Wild Fish Conservancy staff or others. They are working towards cutting the increased hatchery production we have been worked so hard on.  WFC has a lawsuit on against some of our Washington hatcheries. It is not good. They are taking the info from that lawsuit, that has had a motion to dismiss against it, and sent it to the WDFW Commission to get them to act on it internally to shut down hatchery production.

 

We needed you to let the WDFW Commissioners know that we do not agree with this and explain that we have continually cut hatchery production since the 1980s and we have not seen the natural spawners rebound but have continued to decrease. We need that increased production to feed the orca whales. I cannot understand how anyone can make the assumption that more food is bad for them when they are starving? How can you make that argument? That is what the commissioners are being groomed on. If we remove the hatchery fish, then what is to stop the overwhelming amount of predators that we have never had before, wipe out the remaining natural spawners? The end of the end. At the last commission meeting there was an orchestrated set up to speak in unison against the increased hatchery production. When this is done without opposition it makes it look like this is what the public wants. We have to strike back and start working with the commisisoners like we have in the past.   

Next up at the August 26 WDFW Commission meeting will be the Willipa Policy. It is not published on the agenda yet. By the time you get this is will possibly have been done. We had the Willipa Policy moving in the right direction before the last round of new commissioners came in. 1. There is no natural run of Chinook in Willipa. It was built by the commercial fishers as they brought the eggs in by wagon in the early 1900s. 2. This fishery was man made and not natural. It’s a ditch. Chinook don’t take to this kind of water, Coho and Chum do. Its just like the Mid Hood Canal Chinook, wrong kind of water for Chinook to have a naturally occurring run.  Those upper waters were blocked by natural events many years ago making that run go extinct. Tell the commissioners to stop trying to make Willipa a natural run as it never was and will die out if not kept alive by hatchery implementation, just like the Mid Hood Canal Chinook did.  3. Why do we think we have to have natural runs everywhere? If they weren’t there, then they do not want to be there. Let them be managed just for fishing. Is that wrong? 4. There are no ESA Concerns as its the same fish all up and down our coast.  This is very frustrating. Its time to stand up or lose forever. If there is no public comment on these issues you can sign up for comment early in the morning to comment under the public testimony at any WDFW Commission meeting. You will only get 3 minutes.  But please comment on one or the other. Or both on both days as they are 2 day meetings. 

Hunting and fishing are under extreme attack by environmentalists. We need your help. Join your local PSA Chapter to help us to support our fisheries. We are one of the only few entities that is fighting for you to keep fishing.

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Manuscript

Join your local PSA Chapter.  

Ron Garner President PSA    

Point Nopoint Fiasco

Pod cast on Ocra Whales with Butch Smith from Coho Charters   

Article on Salmon and Dams    

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

 

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PSA State Board Meeting

Saturday

 

Start Time is 9:00am

Port Of Edmonds Administration Office rear of building at the top of stairs

336 Admiral Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

 

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