The holiday weekends are often weekends when sport fishermen flock to the water, but this Labor Day weekend, the CDFW is hoping fishermen will take precautions to avoid catching Yelloeeyes Rockfish. These fish "are a long-lived, slow-growing shelf rockfish species that was declared overfished in 2002. They are currently managed under a strict federal rebuilding plan to allow the population to recover, which has required significant cutbacks to West Coast sport and commercial fisheries for over a decade." They ask fishermen to avoid "fishing in areas where yelloweye rockfish are known to occur (e.g., rocky outcrops and pinnacles)." If accidentally caught, these "rockfish should be immediately returned to the water with a descending device to minimize injury and mortality."
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.