It’s good resource stewardship, when releasing bottomfish and halibut, to descend them to a deeper depth so they can survive.
Now, it’s also a requirement meant to keep the fishery robust.
A new Oregon Administrative Rule began on Jan. 1 for bottomfish and will start for halibut on May 1, when the season opens. It requires that recreational anglers have a descending device on board for ocean fishing, and that they use it.
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