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Feature Article: Rockfish Regs

Rockfishing regulations change Oct. 16

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Oct 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO —The DFW has announced new restrictions on recreational fishing for groundfish in waters north of Point Conception to the Oregon/California border. Changes to authorized fishing depths described below take effect Monday, Oct. 16 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain in place through the remainder of 2017.

The recreational groundfish fishery depth restrictions will be as follows:


— Northern Management Area (Oregon/California border to Cape Mendocino): Take is prohibited seaward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) in depth. The “all-depth” groundfish fishery slated for November and December 2017 in this area is canceled.


— Mendocino Management Area (Cape Mendocino to Point Arena): Take is prohibited seaward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) in depth. The “all-depth” groundfish fishery slated for November and December 2017 in this area is canceled.


— San Francisco Management Area (Point Arena to Pigeon Point): Take is prohibited seaward of the 30-fathom depth contour (180 feet).


— Central Management Area (Pigeon Point to Point Conception): Take is prohibited seaward of the 40-fathom depth contour (240 feet).


— Southern Management Area (Point Conception to the US/Mexico border): Take is prohibited seaward of the 60-fathom depth contour (360 feet). No changes are slated for this area.


Based on recent bycatch estimates for yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) from the California sport fishery, DFW projects that the harvest guideline specified in federal regulation for 2017 (3.9 metric tons) will be exceeded unless changes are made.


For more information regarding groundfish regulations, management, stock status information, fish identification tools, and current catch trends, please visit the CDFW Marine Region Groundfish Central website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Groundfish .




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