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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:24 pm
Ken Jones


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Location: California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 8, 2017
California Recreational Abalone Fishery to be Closed in 2018

abalone and urchins

Red abalone and urchins
CDFW photo by A. Maguire
The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday voted 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 (CDFW) to work with stakeholders to deliver a new fishery management plan that includes guidance on navigating these unprecedented conditions. The Commission also directed CDFW to consider how the new fishery management plan can inform the potential re-opening of some fishing opportunity for the 2019 season.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:48 pm
Trumbo


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Location: East bay

And just as well. Now the poachers are all but alone.
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