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WA halibut count so far 20 May 2017 23:41 #1

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The numbers are down, but people are still getting them.

wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/pugetsound.html

For those looking for more information on the changes we are making headway on, our club's fishing guru, Dave Croonquist just sent this text out to our membership.

> The PFMC Briefing Book came out yesterday. If you click on the link " June 2017 Briefing Book, " you'll be taken to the home page. A number of different fisheries will be discussed at the June PFMC meeting. Of interest to us is what might happen with our proposals for 1) getting the sport share back from the allocation (70,000 lbs this year) that goes to the "incidental" catch during the sablefish fishery and 2) our proposal for an established season with daily, field, and annual possession limits for halibut.

> Click on "G" for Pacific Halibut Management. I would encourage you to look at all of the agenda items for halibut management. They will give you a good overview of the issues that will be presented in June and then move through the September and November PFMC meeting process. It is important that if you haven't yet made your comments, you should do so before May 31 so the PFMC, IPHC, and WDFW know of the sport angler interests in making our fishery safer and to improve the economic outlook for our coastal fishing communities and the ancillary sales of halibut related items around the state and in neighboring states.

> Agenda G.1.c shows the proposals we have submitted and also shows the comments received by May 11. Additional comments will be posted in the Supplemental Public Comments, but must be received by the PFMC by May 31.

> Any comments on this proposal should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it is suggested that your comments also be cc’d to the following agencies:

> 1. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Assistant Director (Fisheries) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the WDFW Commission This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

> 2. International Pacific Halibut Commission This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

> 3. Pacific Fisheries Management Council – Halibut Manager Ms. Kelly Ames This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

> Thank you for your support for the recreational halibut fishery proposals. We're hopeful that the IPHC and PFMC will initiate the needed changes to make our fishery safer and recognize the positive economic impacts for our coastal communities.

> Dave Croonquist
> For the Olympic Peninsula Salmon and Halibut Coalition.

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