8/7/14 ACTION NOTICE #2 – Incidental Troll Pacific Halibut: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the commercial troll fishery, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season actions with respect to the incidental retention of Pacific Halibut in the commercial troll salmon fishery.
ACTION TAKEN: Retention of Pacific Halibut by IPHC permitted salmon troll vessels in all areas open for Chinook Salmon trolling between the US/Canada Border and the US/Mexico Border are limited to 1 Pacific Halibut for each 4 Chinook Salmon except 1 Pacific Halibut may be possessed and landed without meeting the ratio, and no more than 7 Pacific Halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. This change is effective 12:01 AM Friday, August 8.
RATIONALE: Roughly 2,400 lbs of Pacific Halibut remain on the incidental troll quota. An additional 4,000 lbs has been transferred from the remaining directed hook and line Pacific Halibut fishery quota resulting in a revised quota of approximately 6,400 lbs remaining. Pacific Halibut incidental landings have been relatively low in recent weeks. By increasing the landing cap up to 7 fish per trip, it is expected that the revised quota can be approached with minimal risk of exceeding it.
MORE ON HALIBUT SEASON
Central Oregon Coast Summer All-Depth Sport Halibut Open August 15 & 16
The Central Coast Summer All-depth halibut fishery will be OPEN August 15 & 16. During the first opening, 17,788 pounds were landed, this leaves approximately 30,000 pounds remaining. Any additional dates after that will be announced by noon on Friday, August 22.
The Central Coast nearshore fishery, through August 3, has landed 9,508 pounds, leaving 12,766 pounds (57%) of the quota remaining.
The Columbia River summer all-depth fishery is open Thursday-Sunday, and the nearshore open Monday-Wednesday. Both fisheries have the majority of their quota remaining.
The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt to the OR/CA Border) through August 3 has landed 2,646 pounds, leaving 1,066 pounds (29%) of the quota remaining.