OR: Fish and Wildlife Commission sets 2011 halibut seasons

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today set the 2011 sport
halibut seasons for the Oregon Coast.

Oregon halibut anglers will enjoy slightly more fishing
opportunity in 2011 thanks to a 12 percent increase in the harvest
quota set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission,
according to Gway Rogers-Kirchner, ODFW marine fishery manager.

The popular central coast halibut fishery from Cape Falcon just
north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, will be
open inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) seven days
per week, May 1 through Oct. 31 or until the 13,800-pound quota is
met.

The all-depth fixed dates for the spring season are May 12-14,
26-28, June 2-4 and 9-11. Backup days are June 23-25, July 7-9 and
21-23. The spring catch limit is 115,578 pounds.

The summer season opens every other Friday and Saturday through
Oct. 29 (Aug. 5-6, 19-20, Sept. 2-3, 16-17, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and
Oct. 14-15 and 28-29)or until the entire central coast, all-depth
season combined (spring and summer) quota of 158,705 pounds is
taken.

The spring halibut fishery for anglers out of Columbia River
ports, fishing the area from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape
Falcon, Ore., will open May 5. The season will continue three days
per week, Thursday-Saturday, through July 16 or until the
10,793-pound quota is met. The summer fishery opens Aug. 5, three
days per week, Friday-Sunday, until Sept. 30 or until the spring
and summer combined quota of 15,418 pounds is met.

South of Humbug Mountain the season also opens May 1 and is open
seven days a week through Oct. 31.

The Commission also approved the 2011 commercial Pacific sardine
fishery. The harvest guideline set by the Pacific Fishery
Management Council is down 30 percent from 2010, reflecting a
continuing downward trend in sardine populations.

In addition to setting halibut seasons, the Commission approved
nine Access and Habitat projects worth $835,402. These grants will
open 74,414 acres of private land to public hunting access and
improve wildlife habitat on 1,515 additional acres.

The Commission also approved $706,114 for 16 restoration and 18
enhancement projects under the Restoration and Enhancement
Program.

Finally the Commission formally adopted the temporary rules that
had been in place for the 2011 sturgeon seasons on the Columbia and
Willamette rivers.

 

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