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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:58 pm
piemel


Posts: 275

Copied and pasted from Coastside (Ben Sleeter wrote this). Some of this effects shore as well.


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Good news for once! I'm just a little late in getting the word out. This applies to the 2011 - 2012 season - NOT this year.

At its June 2010 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council
(Council) adopted new annual catch limits (ACLs) for federal groundfish
species along with harvest guidelines for the different fishery sectors
for the 2011 and 2012 biennial management cycle. Management measures
(e.g., seasons, depth constraints, bag limits) were also decided by the
Council to keep within the new limits for each state and sector. Based
on the outcomes of recent stock assessments, and resulting increases to
ACLs, the Council increased fishing opportunities where appropriate and
adopted the following management measures:

● Decrease the recreational lingcod minimum size limit to 22
inches
● Increase the recreational bag limit of cabezon from two to three
fish
● Removal of the recreational lingcod spawning closure in the
months of January through March and December
● Increase the California scorpionfish recreational depth
constraint to 60 fm year-round in the Southern Management Area
● Increase the recreational depth constraint to 30 fm for the
Cowcod Conservation Area (CCA)
● Inclusion of shelf rockfish to the list of rockfish species that
may be retained within the CCA
● Removal of the 10 fm depth closure around the Farallon Islands
and Noonday Rock (MPAs however basically keep it closed!)
● Changes to the names of the recreational management areas
● Combine the South-Central Monterey and the South-Central Morro
Bay Management Areas into one area
● Modify gear restrictions for recreational take of cabezon and
greenlings so that no more than one line and two hooks may be
used-consistent with rockfish
● Modify season structure and depth constraints for the California
recreational groundfish fishery by management area

You can read more about the Council decisions at
http://www.pcouncil.org/wp-content/u...0decisions.pdf and look
for the summer Council newsletter which will contain details on the
specifications and values
(http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/newsletters/).

Now begins the stateís regulatory process through the Fish and Game
Commission (Commission). This process is necessary in order to make the
stateís groundfish regulations consistent with the new federal rules
that will be established by NMFS following the Councilís recent
actions. The proposed changes to state regulations include the above
list in addition to the following:
● Increased recreational and commercial sector allocations of
cabezon
● Modify commercial cabezon trip limit structure

The Commissionís website will have the details of the regulation
changes at
http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/ne...osedregs10.asp.
The Commission has scheduled a three-meeting process for considering
these regulations in state waters (0-3 miles offshore); information
about the meetings can be found at
http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2010/2010mtgs.asp and MAY include - depending on available funding, the
following dates and locations:

● Notice Hearing: Date: August 4, 2010 (NOW TBD)
Location: Hotel Mar Monte, 111 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA

● Discussion Hearing: Date: September 15, 2010
Location: Lionís Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., McClellan, CA

● Adoption Hearing: Date: October 20, 2010
Location: TBD, San Diego, CA

If you would like to submit public comment on any of these proposed
regulations, contact the Commission at:

California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
fgc@fgc.ca.gov.
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