ODFW asks anglers to design the 2015 halibut regulations and seasons

NEWPORT, Ore. – Anglers and other members of the public will be asked to help shape the 2015 sport Pacific halibut seasons and regulations through a series of public meetings to be held in August.

The meetings will be hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. All meetings will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in:

Brookings on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Best Western Plus Beachfront Inn, 16008 Boat Basin Road
North Bend on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the North Bend public library, 1800 Sherman Ave
Newport on Monday, Aug.11 at ODFW Marine Resources -South Beach office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive

In addition, participants can join the Newport meeting on-line at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/433276823  Meeting ID: 433-276-823.

“The August public meetings are open comment, meaning that anglers can propose changes to any of the regulations and seasons”, said Patrick Mirick, ODFW assistant project leader for halibut.

ODFW evaluates the proposals made in August to determine if they are both feasible and beneficial.   For proposals found to be both, ODFW then gauges public support for the proposals in September via a second round of public meetings and an online survey.

“Many, if not most, of the current halibut regulations are based on innovative ideas by anglers.  The halibut fisheries are always changing, and we need to change the regulations and seasons to adapt.”, Mirick further added.

Those who cannot attend a meeting can send their comments to Patrick Mirick at (541) 867-0300 orPatrick.P.Mirick@state.or.us; or Lynn Mattes at 541-867-0300 or lynn.mattes@state.or.us.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 and is filed under Local News.