Port Office 541-332-7121
Find out more information about launch rates, fuel prices and other general information about our dock.
View the tide tables and charts for the Port of Port Orford.
View the NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center for Station PORO3-9431647-Port Orford, OR.
We are stewards of the public trust who:
-Provide ocean access for commerce and recreation.
-Retain current businesses and attract new ones.
-Build our Port’s financial strength.
-Increase and diversify our operating revenues.
-Make the highest and best use of our financial tools, people, and property assets.
-Improve our regions special quality of place.
-Create diverse means for regional economic well‐being.
-Sustain and support the Port Orford community through focused partnerships and economic diversification.
Stay up to date with information from the Port Manager.
Friday, September 22, 2017
NEWPORT, Ore.—Oregon’s recreational summer all-depth halibut season in the Central Coast subarea has ended for the year because the quota has been reached. The nearshore halibut fishery (inside of the 40-fathom line) for the Central Coast subarea will remain open.
Anglers may no longer catch or retain halibut in the Central Coast subarea (between Humbug Mountain and Cape Falcon) outside of the 40 fathom line. “A combination of good weather last weekend, along with halibut on the bite especially last Friday, allowed anglers to pretty well clean up what was remaining on the central Oregon coast summer all-depth quota,” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW Recreational Groundfish and Halibut Project Leader. “With approximately 16,000 pounds landed, that leaves only 2,700 pounds remaining in the quota, which is not enough to open for an additional all-depth day.”
The remaining pounds will be transferred to the Central Oregon Coast Subarea nearshore fishery. With the additional 2,700 pounds, the nearshore fishery has approximately 4,300 pounds remaining, and is scheduled to be open seven days per week until Oct. 31, or attainment of the quota. “Last week approximately 780 pounds of halibut were landed in the nearshore fishery, with a nice average size of fish,” said Mattes. “We are trying to keep the nearshore fishery open as long as we can, to provide some opportunity in waters closer to shore.” In addition, all-depth halibut fishing remains open south of Humbug Mountain in the Southern Oregon subarea.
As a reminder, recreational fishing for bottomfish is now closed. Only other flatfish species, such as flounder or sole, may be retained when fishing for halibut.
Though recreational bottom fishing remains closed, ODFW has approved an exception to the closure, allowing take of lingcod by spearfishing only, effective immediately. Lingcod populations on the Oregon coast remain healthy; however, angling for lingcod produces bycatch of yelloweye rockfish and other species whose quota has already been met for the year. Spearfishing is selective, therefore spearfishing can continue to occur for lingcod as there is no risk of additional bycatch. Normal bag limits for lingcod (2 per day) apply when spearfishing.
For more information on Oregon’s marine resources and fisheries, please see: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/
The Port of Port Orford is a unique Port in the heart of a unique town. The first thing you will see as you come down the hill to the high dock are the two large yellow cranes. The second thing is the lack of a harbor. It is home to the only ‘dolly dock’ on the West Coast, where vessels are launched and retrieved using the cranes, and housed on homemade dollies when not fishing. Come down and visit, but be careful! This is working Port, so watch your step!
The Port of Port Orford is located in one of the most picturesque places on the Oregon Coast. The history of this area is rich and fascinating. Beginning with the founding of Port Orford by Captain William Tichenor in 1851 to the current uniqueness of the Port Orford fishing community, Port Orford has always been a source of change for the Oregon Coast.
To find out more about the Port Orford area, stop in the Port Orford Visitor’s Center at Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, research with the help of our friendly librarians at the Port Orford Library, or check out other area links.
Slider Images Courtesy of MOZ Photos
© 2017 · Port of Port Orford. All Rights Reserved.