Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery reopens Sept. 3

NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon recreational anglers will again be able to fish for nearshore halibut in the Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) seven days a week beginning Sunday, Sept. 3 until Oct. 31, or the adjusted quota is met.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) conferred with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) on the progress of Oregon recreational halibut fisheries and the amount of quota remaining. The agencies determined that enough remained to allow the Central Coast Subarea nearshore fishery to reopen.

“By shifting some quota that is likely to go unused otherwise, we are able to reopen the popular Central Coast nearshore fishery, to allow for some additional halibut fishing opportunities” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW Recreational Halibut Project Leader.

The Central Oregon Coast summer all-depth fishery remains open every other Friday and Saturday (next opening Sept. 1-2) until the quota is attained or Oct. 31. Anglers are reminded that on days when both the all-depth and nearshore fishery are open, all-depth regulations apply, regardless of depth of fishing.

The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) also remains open, seven days per week until the quota is attained, or Oct. 31.

Halibut sport fishery regulations can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/index.asp.