I have decided that I will get no Real Work done today, Thursday, July 26 in the year of our Lord 2012, except to set some sort of all-world land-speed blog-posting record.
Let’s see, we’ve posted the obligatory daily wolf story, PR on the next Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission meeting, a bunch of fishy news, the reminder on the PSA-SKC salmon derby, some poaching stuff, the Steelheadgirls new Web site, the announcement on the new Cabela’s store in Anchorage, seminars and such at the Lacey Cabela’s Fall Great Outdoor Days, some Ruger product stuff that’ll benefit the US Olympic plinkin’ team, and even tho I can’t find it, something on Westport salmon going to seven days a week.
Oh, there’s that last one.
The latest entry?
Well … as it turns out, never mind that whole Washington North Coast bottomfishing closure deal from earlier in the week, turns out fewer protected yelloweye were accidentally yanked out of the ocean than previously believed.
I can only imagine the sort of shite that WDFW’s gonna get in the next The Reel News for the math “skills” of whomever didn’t carry the ones and led to Tuesday’s closure press release, which forced the agency to today explain themselves thusly:
“Anglers took most of the quota as bycatch during the popular north coast halibut openings in May,” (Heather Reed, a WDFW fish biologist) said. “That didn’t leave us any margin for bottomfish seasons off the north coast for the rest of the year.”
Since then, however, the department has learned that the June yelloweye catch was lower than expected, and that yelloweye catch reserved for coastal research projects will be lower than originally anticipated.
“This new information gives us some flexibility to minimize the impacts to our coastal communities and allow our recreational bottomfish fishery to remain open through Labor Day,” Reed said. “We still have to close the fishery early, but not as early as we had thought.”
So instead of closing tomorrow, lings, rockfish, cod and other bottomfish will now stay open through Labor Day, and places like La Push and Neah Bay cheered.
Bottomfishing otherwise runs year-round, except for lingcod.
And thank god, saved by the 5 o’clock bell, it’s quittin’ bloggin’ time.