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Yelloweye Rockfish In-season Tracking
Yelloweye Rockfish Catch
In-season Tracking "Thermometer"
Through December 31, 2014
Yelloweye Rockfish Landings
by Management Area
Through December 31, 2014
|Management Area||Metric Tons Accrued|
Discrepancies in the table are due to rounding error.
One of the main goals of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Groundfish Project is to manage fish stocks sustainably, based on state or federally mandated harvest limits. Marine recreational fisheries monitoring is performed by CDFW and federal partners to ensure California's recreational catch accumulates up to, but does not exceed, the annual harvest limits. Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) is a challenging species to manage because the statewide recreational harvest limit is very restrictive - 3.4 metric tons (mt) or 7,496 pounds. This limit resulted from very low population estimates. While they may not be retained by fishermen, some yelloweye rockfish are caught because they co-occur with other rockfishes that are targeted by fishermen, and some of the yelloweye rockfish that are caught will die when released. The harvest limit is the amount of "bycatch mortality" allowed off California while fishing for other target species. Yelloweye rockfish is the most constraining species on the West Coast and given the highest priority for tracking catches. Yelloweye rockfish is a federally-designated "overfished species" and is slow growing, late maturing, and can reach an age of over 100 years. According to the federal rebuilding plan, yelloweye rockfish stocks will not recover for over 70 years.
Every effort is made to provide as much fishing opportunity as possible without exceeding the harvest limit. Recreational anglers can help in this effort by accurately reporting their catch, both landed and released, to CRFS samplers every time they are approached for an interview. Under-reporting of catch will prevent stock assessment scientists from determining if populations have recovered. Over-reporting may result in unnecessary action to close the fishery. If you are approached by a CRFS sampler for an interview, please report exactly what you caught to the best of your ability and ask the CRFS sampler to show you an identification guide if you are unsure.
2014 Recreational Groundfish and Associated Species Season Structure
- Final 2013 Tracking
- 2015-2016 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet
Includes Groundfish Fishery
- California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS)
- Canary, Vermilion, Yelloweye Rockfish ID Flyer
This flyer lists identifying features that can be used to differentiate between canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and vermilion rockfish.
- Canary, Vermilion, and Yelloweye...oh my!
Article from the Marine Management News newsletter, December 2007
- Rockfish: Bring That Rockfish Down!
A brochure with tips and techniques for successfully releasing rockfish suffering barotrauma injuries.
- Yelloweye Rockfish Stock Assessments
Pacific Fishery Management Council