The Commission adopted an optimum yield set at 50% of commercial and
recreational catches in 1994-1999 for cabezon, greenlings, and
sheephead. The OY for each species then was allocated to commercial
and recreational sectors based upon their share of catches in the
periods 1980-89 and 1994-1999. The OYs and allocations were as
follows, as well as the percent reduction from 1999 catches in
SHEEPHEAD: OY was set at 223,483 pounds. The recreational allocation is 135,524 lbs (a 22% reduction), and the commercial allocation is 87,959 lbs (a 30% reduction).
To keep catches within these allocations, the Commission adopted several measures recommended by the Department. These are as follows:
SHEEPHEAD: Set a recreational size limit of 12" and reduce the bag limit from 10 to 5 fish. For the commercial fishery, set a minimum size limit of 13" and close commercial fishing January-February south of Point Conception.Among other actions, such as adding fish to the list of nearshore species and defining the nearshore, as outlined in the Department's recommendations, the Commission also eliminated the exemptions to hook limits within one mile of shore in two areas. The Commission also adopted the recommendation to develop alternatives to transportation receipts.
Finally, the Commission adopted measures consistent with recommendations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council regarding nearshore rockfishes. These included the cow-cod closures in southern California, the reduction of bag limits for bocaccio, expanded seasonal closures in some areas for some species.