It is a complicated mix of history, cultural/ethnic influence, and local commodities.

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While the tentative dates are decided, the discussion at the IPHC November meeting found that halibut populations weren’t as strong as they’ve been in previous years.

“There were some pretty strong declines for halibut populations in (Washington, Oregon and California), and (Canada and southeast Alaska),” Reed said.

Other potential dates – depending on harvest totals – are June 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

The Westport near-shore is open first Saturday after the closure of the primary fishery and open daily until the quota is projected to be taken.

“The surf was down, but it was cold (36 degrees) with a light northeasterly wind that felt like you were in a cold storage room.” “The people who came prepared with lanterns did fine,” Ayres said. The season total for 10 days of digging that began Oct. Season average per digger is 10.9 at Long Beach; 11.9 at Twin Harbors; 12.2 at Copalis; and 12.0 at Mocrocks.

“Some good diggers managed to get their clams by 5 p.m. “I talked anecdotally with some local community business folks who were thrilled about the turnout, and said customers were coming and spending the night,” Ayres said.

“The 2017 fishing season was good overall.” Reed said the average size of halibut at Neah Bay and La Push was 18 pounds; Ilwaco was 14 pounds; Westport was 16 pounds; and Puget Sound was 24 pounds. 1 (-1.5 at p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Feb.

The IPHC will meet the week of January 22 in Portland, Oregon to set catch quotas from California north to Alaska. 2 (-1.0 at 8 p.m.) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Copalis; and Feb.

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