(from Pacific Fishing April 1996(?), a quote from Evan Jacoby, General
Counsel for Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)
"In spite of protests from affected fishermen, the WDFW has adopted a rule
banning hook-and-line fishing (commercial) for bottom fish in coastal
waters, with the exception of Neah Bay. 'We want to make sure there is a
viable recreational fishery for now and for the future' Jacoby said. 'We
tried to reduce bag limits of recreational fishers in Puget Sound, but it's
not very effective to limit seasons for recreational fishers if there is a
commercial harvest going on.'... state biologist Farron Wallace said the
rationale for the proposal is that the recreational fishery has no other
alternatives for landing bottomfish. Currently about 60% of total landings
by commercial hook-and-line fishermen occur outside the three-mile area.
"We are approximately at the appropriate exploitation rate of rockfish to
maintain the stocks at levels necessary for the recreational fishery,"
In WDFW Concise Explanatory Statement regarding Live Fish Fishery
Prohibition WAC 220-20-010, Dec. 15, 1999:
"1. Reasons for adopting the rule: The live fish market targets sub-adult
species for the restaurant trade. This can significantly impact rockfish
stocks, and caused a decline in California coastal waters. Since rockfish
in Washington are an over-utilized species, any new targeted fishery would
be detrimental to recovery of the stocks. This rule will prevent a targeted
commercial fishery." The ruling went on to include sculpin, cabezon and
greenling in the ban.