April 28, 2016    Headlines

Halibut, Rockfish and Salmon Open In May
Crab Season Delayed But Test Results IMPRO

We will be seeing a very unusual season when it comes to our salmon and halibut fisheries out of Eureka. The salmon season will be open the second half of the month from May through September while the salmon season openers are posted below. In a nutshell the first half of the month our local sponsors will be concentrating on rockfish and halibut and will be targeting salmon on the second half.
We spoke to Gary Blasi with Full Throttle Sportfishing on 4-27. Gary reports that the big swell from all the recent winter storms has shoaled up the main harbor entrance. At the end of the jaws they normally see 45 to 50 feet of water which is now less than 20 feet. Gary says this bar is impassible on all but the smallest of ebb tides if the swell is over 5 to 6 feet.
The Army Core is scheduled to dredge the channel in the next few weeks but it will not be done before the opening of the halibut season. The rockfish season opens on May 15th and the salmon season on the 16th.
Local crabs are being tested this week and the local season may finally open by May 6 or 7th if tests are conducted as promised. We will be updating this report as boats get out and seasons open.
All of our sponsors are booking trips but salmon and halibut but dates are filling very quickly.

The opening dates for salmon are as follows.
May 16 through May 31, June 16 through June 30, July 16 through August 16, and September 1 through September 5.
The Pacific halibut season is open May 1-15, June 1-15, July 1-15 and August 1-15.

Latest CDPH Shows Dropping DA Levels Across North Coast
The California Department of Public Health released lab results for Crescent City on February 10th. The result from February 1st (why it takes 9 days to test crabs and post results is beyond me) show that all samples were well below federal guidelines of 30 ppm. Tests of 6 crabs in each of the tests areas both south and north of Crescent City showed averages of just 8 to 10ppm for all crabs tested with none exceeding the federal guide lines.
There are currently just three test areas that are still above the action levels, Trinidad, Ft Bragg and Salt Point. None of these areas have been tested since late January but we should know the results soon.
Domoic acid trend lines continue to drop in most waters and we may see full retesting of all waters this month. The CDPH protocol calls for all tests (ports) to come in below 30ppm on two tests one week apart before they will consider the crabs safe. 

Readers can see the latest results from the CDPH  here.

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