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Whidbey Island General Meeting 

8 South Sound General Meeting  speaker is to be the fisheries head for the Squaxin tribe

14 Gig Harbor General Meeting  Bob Buchanan Jigging and Mooching Puget Sound

14 North Kitsap General Meeting 

14 Renton General Meeting 

 14 Sno-King General Meeting   


15 Everett General Meeting 

15 Bellingham General Meeting  

20 Fidalgo - San Juan Islands General  Meeting

 24 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting  

21 South King County  

?? Eastside General Meeting 

24 North Olympic Peninsula General Meeting   

28 Save Our Fish 

Ocean Anglers General Meeting  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidents Message for February

 In Washington state, we have preservationist groups trying to take down hunting and fishing. The WDFW Commission chair is trying to build a new Conservation Policy that has caused much controversy. Its not going well as our tribes are not happy with it either. I have asked the commission to cancel it. Next up, a bill was dropped in Legislature by JT Wilcox to eliminate the commission. He called to get my perspective of the other side of the story. The WDFW Commission was established by Referendum 45 as the voice of the people on natural resources/hunting and fishing, independent from the governor. Also allows the commission to hire and fire the Director. While many might think this is the right way to go at this time, it puts the power right back into the hands of the Governor that put those people in, in the first place.  The problem is that the commission process is not broken. It has had commissioners that do not follow their oath of their mandate. Some should not have been appointed.

On the fisheries end, me and a few very close colleagues spent thousands of hours working processes to remove HSRG, get an additional 50 Million hatchery Chinook made for Washington state, build and replace the old Salmon Policy with a new hatchery policy, and finally get the final Comanager Hatchery Policy installed. This was done working personally with tribes, WDFW, state, NOAA, Feds, Governor’s office, and Orca Task Force. We were all successful. This is a win-win for all.   

With WDFW Commission fisheries we are winning. We secured a 6-3 vote to enact the Comanager Hatchery Policy. This policy puts WDFW and tribes together at the same table to make more fish where we can. It protects the state from preservationist lawsuits against our hatcheries. We have been successful in removing and not reinstalling from keeping any 3rd party oversight being installed over the top of state and tribes. They put more restrictions on hatcheries then ESA required. We DO NOT want that back which is possible with the elimination of the commission.

Step back and think if we removed the WDFW commission. The governor’s office could install one of the preservationist group leads or commissioners we are fighting with, in charge of natural resources and power over the director? So you want them in charge of WDFW? You have to look ahead. When the wolf first came to Washington state I talked to the commission at the time and told them about what was happening in Idaho with wolves with my friends and families. They said they had 50,000 emails and letters to bring wolves back. If you lose the commission, do you think we could compete with those large environmental organization on these issues with the massive push on the new governor? There are no great answers to this. Join your local PSA chapter and be part of the solution.


·         Ron Garner President PSA    

 

 

Point Nopoint Fiasco

 

 

Pod cast on Ocra Whales with Butch Smith from Coho Charters    

 

 

Article on Salmon and Damvs    

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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