Public invited to provide input on 2025-2026 coastal recreational bottomfish fisheries


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News release

Contact: Lorna Wargo, 360-581-5611

Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 24 at 5 p.m. to discuss management options for coastal recreational bottomfish in 2025 and 2026.

West Coast bottomfish are managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on a biennial management cycle. The Council is currently considering harvest levels (annual catch limits) and management measures such as seasons and bag limits that will affect Washington coastal bottomfish fisheries during the 2025-2026 biennium. 

During the April 24 meeting, fishery managers will review preliminary preferred management measure alternatives needed to keep catch within Washington’s recreational harvest guidelines during the upcoming biennium. This is an opportunity to provide feedback in advance of the PFMC June meeting where final management measures will be adopted.

To participate, go to the link on the WDFW recreational bottomfish and halibut webpage. The meeting will be recorded and posted online so people can also watch afterwards at their convenience. For additional groundfish management information, visit PFMC’s website.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

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