Catch limits set to protect coastal fishes
By BOB KLOSE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
November 28, 2000
There will be fewer fish in the sea available for the Pacific coast commercial and
As expected, federal fishery regulations are being tightened to reduce the kinds and
In some cases the regulations, which cover popular fish such as red snapper, sole and
"Grim," said Tommy Ancona, skipper of the Fort Bragg trawler Caito Bros.
"This is just one more cutback in ground fishing in a long, long series of cuts in the
No estimate of the financial impact of cuts this season was immediately available.
"Obviously, there is going to be significant impacts on the coastal communities and
The regulation changes also will affect the recreational-fishing industry.
Rick Powers, who skippers the New Sea Angler in Bodega Bay and also books fishing
However, he said, the recreational boats will not be allowed to fish in waters deeper
"We will be able to modify our business and run coastal, shallow-water rockfish trips
The regulations are subject to change throughout the year if the Pacific Fishery
"If our crystal ball is perfect, it will be the way it is all year, but that has never
The regulations, recently adopted by the council, go into effect Jan. 1.
Glock said the rules reflect federal and state regulators' concerns that ground-fish
"We're trying to maintain year-round fishing for both commercial and recreational
The council earlier this fall approved a long-term plan to reduce the fleet of some 2,000
In the meantime, to keep the industry operating from one year to the next, the council
Highlights of the 2001 ground-fish management plan include:
Catches for commercial fishing boats will be reduced for nearly all species.
For example, takes of sablefish will be reduced by 13 percent off the Central and North
Widow and canary rockfish limits will be cut by 47 percent and 54 percent,
The amount of fish that trawlers may take during two-month periods throughout the
For example, last year trawlers could take 55,000 pounds of Dover sole during this
Catches for lingcod and Pacific ocean perch, however, will be increased. The
Catches for canary rockfish were cut by 54 percent as part of a plan to rebuild that
Sports anglers in California waters will still be able to take home 10 rockfish, but the
Glock said the new rules attempt to catch up with a natural resource that has slipped
"In some cases we had stocks declining and we didn't know it, and in some cases
Ancona, however, took issue with the term "overfished" that regulators use to
"We have not been overfishing," he said. "We have been fishing under federal
Karen Garrison, an analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San
Glock said the council has approved a $2.3 million observer program, which will put 20