Non-treaty Commercial Fishing Period Limits in Area 2A for the July 23 Opening

The July 9 non-treaty commercial fishing period in Area 2A resulted in a catch of about 57,000 pounds, leaving approximately 16,000 pounds in the catch limit.

Area 2A will re-open on July 23 for 10 hours, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The fishery is restricted to waters that are south of Point Chehalis, Washington (465318 N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.

Vessel ClassFishing Period Limit (pounds)
LengthLetterDressed, head-on
with ice/slime
Dressed, head-off
without ice/slime
0-25 A 225 200
26-30 B 225 200
31-35 C 225 200
36-40 D 640 560
41-45 E 680 600
45-50 F 810 715
51-55 G 910 800
56+ H 1,365 1,200

The appropriate vessel length class and letter are printed on each vessel license.

The fishing period limit is shown in terms of dressed, head-off weight as well as dressed, head-on weight, although fishers are reminded that regulations require that all halibut from Area 2A be landed with the head on.

The fishing period limit applies to the vessel, not the individual fisher, and any landings over the vessel limit will be subject to forfeiture and fine.

NMFS implemented mandatory depth-based area closures that are in effect for the directed halibut fishery to protect specific rockfish species. For further information, call the NMFS hotline at 1-800-662-9825, then press "5" for the halibut fisheries.

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Bruce M. Leaman
Executive Director
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983