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2005 Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement Now Available Online
Marine Management News
Fishery Season Set to Close Aug. 1, 2005
The commercial fishery for greenlings (genus Hexagrammos) will close
Aug. 1, 2005 at 12:01 a.m., the Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
The DFG will close the fishery based upon projections from recent
landing receipts and dockside tabulation efforts indicating the annual
commercial allocation will soon be reached. It is expected that by
Aug. 1, the annual commercial allocation of 3,400 pounds of greenling
(kelp and rock greenling combined) will be taken for the 2005 calendar
Greenlings (both kelp and rock greenling) are nearshore species of
fish found mostly in Californias northern and central coastal
The latest estimates from the DFG indicate approximately 3,000 pounds
of commercial greenlings have been landed by mid-July 2005. Historically,
catch rates increase throughout the summer. Consequently, the DFG
is estimating the commercial allocation will be reached in full by
In May 2002, the Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations providing
DFG the authority to close either or both the recreational and commercial
sectors of the sheephead, greenling, and cabezon fisheries when their
allowable harvest levels are projected to be reached.
Beginning in 2004, two month cumulative trip limits went into effect
for the commercial California sheephead, greenling, and cabezon fisheries
in an effort to sustain those fisheries throughout the year. The greenling
fishery has a two month cumulative trip limit of 25 pounds per nearshore
fishery permit holder when fishing is permitted.
Should commercial greenling catches fall substantially below the defined
allowable harvest levels, DFG may evaluate the potential of reopening
the fishery for a specified time later in the year.
Ready for salmon season? Got your 2005 Ocean Fishing Regulations booklet
in hand? Not so fast! If you haven't read the Regulations Supplement
booklet, now available on the Departments Marine Region Web site at
, you may not be as ready as you think!
For more information about groundfish regulations,
go to www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/bfregs2005.html
Contact: Ed Roberts, Marine Biologist, (562) 342-7199
Reminder: Special Commission Meetings
to Solicit Public Comments in August
Constituents are reminded that five additional special meetings were
scheduled for the California Fish and Game Commission to receive public
comments on the Marine Life Protection Act's (MLPA) draft Master Plan
Framework and the draft Abalone Recovery and Management Plan (ARMP).
Written comments on both documents can also be submitted to the Commission
office, 1416 Ninth St., Room 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The remaining meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Aug. 4 - Redwood Empire Schools' Insurance Group (RESIG), San Andreas
Rooms I & II, 5760 Skylane Boulevard, Suite 100, Windsor
Aug. 9 - Eureka Public Marina, Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way,
Aug. 16 - Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, Shedd Auditorium, 2595
Ingraham Street, San Diego
During each meeting, the commission will receive public comments on
the MLPA's draft Master Plan Framework from 3 to 5 p.m., and will
receive public comments on the ARMP from 7 to 9 p.m., except in Eureka
where the two items will be reversed.
The Commission will consider adoption of the two documents at its
Aug. 18-19, 2005, meeting in San Luis Obispo. The Commission will
consider the MLPA's draft Master Plan Framework on Aug. 18 and the
ARMP on Aug. 19.
To review a copy of the MLPA draft Master Plan Framework, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/mlpa/draftdocuments.html.
To review a copy of the draft ARMP, go to