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ODFW mails 3,500 ‘descending devices’ with aim of conservation, fishing opportunities

Posted: Friday, May 31st, 2013

A yelloweye rockfish suffers from barotrauma, a rapid decrease in pressure that causes the fish’s swim bladder to expand. As bad as the fish looks, if it is quickly returned to around 100 feet its chances of survival are good. ODFW recently mailed 3,500 anglers devices they can use to return yelloweye and canary rockfish to depth. (Courtesy photo by ODFW)

In one of the biggest conservation efforts of its kind in Oregon, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife mailed 3,500 packages containing a device to help saltwater anglers conserve rockfish and possibly extend fishing opportunities.

Nearly all boat owners who fish for halibut or bottomfish will receive descending devices, which can mean the difference between life and death for two species of rockfish that are not legal to keep.

“This is a new and unique partnership with anglers and has the potential to be extremely helpful in the conservation of Oregon’s rockfish,” said Steve Williams, ODFW assistant fish division administrator. “These devices benefit rockfish by increasing their survival rates, which can lead to more angling opportunities.”

For the complete article see the 05-31-2013 issue.

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