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Northern California abalone season to be closed in 2018

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Dec 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO  — The California Fish and Game Commission voted on Thursday, Nov. 7, to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource.

The closure affects next year's recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018. The Commission's 4-0 decision (Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin was absent) upholds the policies of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan, which was adopted by the Commission in December 2005.

Over the past several years, the Commission has taken several actions to reduce take and shorten the season to protect abalone from the unprecedented environmental conditions. The Commission directed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to work with stakeholders to deliver a new fishery management plan that includes guidance on navigating these unprecedented conditions.

The Commission also directed DFW to consider how the new fishery management plan can inform the potential reopening of some fishing opportunity for the 2019 season.

More information about California's recreational abalone fisheries can be found on the DFW website.