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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW233982

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW233982
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
A two fish limit for non-target (ie Closed) species caught as bycatch during the course of legal fishing, with exception of sixgill shark, yellow eye and canary rockfish.
Why the change is needed:
Bottomfishing is not an exact science. It is partly why I enjoy it. If I spend 2 hours bringing in a large halibut out of season caught while following the current rules, I have to return it. That goes for the occasional salmon caught the same way, or whatever else may take a hook. This would also take some of the pressure off in the process of exact identification and the resultant disapointment, fines, arrest, confiscation of equipment (including boat) that can occur when a common layman misidentifies a fish, or misinterprets the complicated legalities of the rule book.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 04/27/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW233982

Species-specific time and area closures have been developed over time with careful consideration. Many closures center around mating seasons, sensitive aggregation areas, etc. and opening bycatch retention would confound protection measures, complicate catch reporting, and create substantial poaching risk.

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