ODFW hosts public meetings on 2017 sport halibut and future bottomfish seasons


NEWPORT, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking input from recreational anglers to help shape the 2017 Pacific halibut and 2018 and 2019-2020 bottomfish seasons.

Anglers are encouraged to participate in the season-setting process by attending one of four public meetings in late July. “It is important that we hear from a wide range of anglers before making decisions,” said ODFW Recreational Halibut and Bottomfish Project Leader Lynn Mattes.

The meetings are:

  • Tuesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m. in Newport at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr. This meeting will also be webcast; see details below.
  • Wednesday, July 26, 6-8 p.m. in Salem at ODFW Headquarters (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) in the Commission Room.
  • Monday, July 317-9 p.m. in Brookings at the Best Western Beachfront Inn (note time is different than the other meetings).
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16-8 p.m. in North Bend at the Public Library.

Anglers who wish to provide input but cannot attend a meeting in person or via webcast can contact Lynn Mattes at (541) 867-4741 ext. 237, or lynn.mattes@state.or.us or Maggie Sommer at (541) 867-4741 ext. 227 or Maggie.sommer@state.or.us. Background information will be posted on the ODFW sport bottomfish and sport halibut webpages early next week.



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