Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2012 Meeting

Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2012 Meeting

The Council considered recent information on ongoing fisheries and recommended the following adjustments:

The Council recommended adjustments to the proposed sablefish trip limits for the 2013 limited entry and open access fixed gear fisheries for sablefish north of 36° N. latitude. For the limited entry fishery, the limits will change from “1,100 lbs per week, not to exceed 4,200 lbs per 2 months” to “950 lbs per week, not to exceed 2,850 lbs per 2 months” for Periods 1-6. For the open access fishery, the limits will change from “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 610 lb per week, not to exceed 1,220 per 2 months” for Periods 1-6 to “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 700 lb, not to exceed 1,400 per 2 month” for Periods 1-5 and “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 300 lb, not to exceed 600 lbs per 2 months” for Period 6.

Additionally, the Council recommended changes to the Washington recreational fisheries for 2013 to reduce yelloweye rockfish mortality: For Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay), restrict the recreational bottomfish fishery to the area shoreward of 20 fathoms from May 1 to September 30, except on days open to the halibut fishery. On days that the halibut fishery is open, no bottomfish except lingcod, Pacific cod, and sablefish can be retained seaward of 20 fathoms.