SACRAMENTO On Sept. 17, 2001, the California Fish and Game Commission held an emergency teleconference call and took action to close the commercial cabezon fishery through Dec. 31, 2001. The emergency action is necessary to prevent the total cabezon harvest limit from being exceeded in 2001.
The emergency regulation has been reviewed and approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. Enforcement of the closure will begin with the new fishing week starting at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 24, 2001.
On Dec. 8, 2000, the Commission adopted interim fisheries management measures for cabezon and associated nearshore finfish designed to keep commercial and recreational harvests within specified catch limits to promote sustainable use of the resource. The Department of Fish and Game, in its request to the Commission, indicated that unless the commercial cabezon fishery is closed for the rest of the year, the total projected harvest of cabezon for the year will exceed the total cabezon optimum yield of 178,728 pounds established last December by the Commission.