The Westport halibut fishery has enjoyed a brief season, and after this Sunday (May 19) it will be shutdown completely.
“The decision after looking at preliminary catch estimates (from Tuesday, May 14) is that we could get through one more day of fishing on Sunday,” said Heather Reed, the state Fish and Wildlife coastal halibut manager.
“An important point is that while we’ll get one additional day for halibut we’ll have to use up the (nearshore halibut fishery’s) 2,000 pound catch quota, which means that we’ll close everything,” Reed said. “That could change if we get some crummy weather, and we’ll have to adjust after we look back on it, but at this point that is our expectation.”
As for the northern coastal halibut fishery at Neah Bay and La Push it will remain open Thursday and Saturday (May 16 and 18), and state fisheries managers will meet again next week to review