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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

Reminder: Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closed in August

technician with Pacific halibut
Technician holding Pacific halibut.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 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 CDFW, 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 CDFW website.


post by Caroline Mcknight, CDFW Environmental Scientist  ♦ CDFW photo by Ed Roberts III