The California Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen on Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 31.
Pacific halibut management is a complex, multi-tiered process involving the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, other state agencies, and federal and international partners. The closure was recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council following increased harvest of recreational Pacific halibut in California over the last few years, and is intended to insure the total coastwide harvest remains within the overall harvest limit for the management area (Washington, Oregon and California). For more details regarding Pacific halibut management, please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
post by Caroline McKnight, CDFW Environmental Scientist