Proposed 2023 Recreational Halibut Fishery Management Measures: Comments Due March 20

NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register (88 FR 13399) for the 2023 Pacific halibut catch sharing plan and annual management measures for Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California.

This proposed rule would implement the 2023 recreational fishery management measures for Area 2A, in response to the framework described in the revised 2023 Catch Sharing Plan. These management measures for the Washington, Oregon, and California recreational fisheries include season opening and closing dates, as well as minor changes from the previous year related to the number of fishing days and bag limits. These changes are primarily intended to provide more opportunities for anglers to achieve but not exceed applicable allocations.

Comments on this proposed rule must be received by March 20, 2023. The proposed rule and link to submit a formal comment are available here.

Pacific Halibut Fishing on the West Coast

For more information about fishing for Pacific halibut off of Washington, Oregon, and California, visit our webpage Pacific Halibut Fishing on the West Coast.

Questions?

For more information about permits, please contact the West Coast Region Permits Branch at wcr-permits@noaa.gov. For any other information on Pacific halibut fishing, please contact the West Coast Region Pacific halibut team at nmfs.wcr.halibut@noaa.gov.

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