Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes Thursday August 13, 2015

CDFW staff measures Pacific halibut
CDFW staff collects data from Pacific halibut

After an active summer, the last day of recreational Pacific halibut fishing will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The season will be closed for the remainder of the year. Excellent weather during July and early August and a successful catch rate contributed to the early closure of the fishery by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service following consultation with CDFW.

This was the first year of a newly designed Pacific halibut season structure that provided for set open and closed periods of fishing. The short breaks between open periods were anticipated to spread fishing opportunity from May through October (the entirety of the previous season) without exceeding the quota. Continue reading “Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes Thursday August 13, 2015”

California’s Recreational Pacific Halibut Allocation to Increase For 2015

sampler with halibut
Sampler with Pacific halibut

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has made recommendations to increase the California Pacific halibut fishery allocation beginning in 2015 in response to greater interest in the northern California fishery, and new information indicating a higher abundance in California than when the formal Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) was originally adopted.

Pacific halibut is allocated among users on the West Coast (known as Area 2A) through a CSP that was developed in the late 1980s. Area 2A sectors include the recreational fisheries in Washington, Oregon and California, Continue reading “California’s Recreational Pacific Halibut Allocation to Increase For 2015”

Reminder: Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closed in August

sampler with halibut
CPFV technician holding Pacific Halibut
CDFW photo by E.W. Roberts III

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