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Yelloweye, Canary, and other Rockfish Species of Concern
CDFW has two challenging goals to meet every year: 1) to ensure that harvest limits for overfished species are not exceeded, and 2) to allow groundfish fishing opportunities for the public. In 2007, the California recreational fishery significantly exceeded its annual harvest limits for yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish, resulting in early fishery closures.
Anglers can help to reduce the total harvest of "overfished" species and increase fishing opportunities by: handling fish that are to be released properly, reporting catches and encounters to samplers accurately, abiding by all fishing regulations, and being able to distinguish prohibited species. Misidentifications, such as yelloweye and canary rockfishes being mistaken for "healthy" species like vermilion rockfish, lead to a higher total harvest of these overfished species.
Reducing the total recreational take of "overfished" species will not be an easy task, but you can do your part to help. By understanding the information and following the guidelines contained in the following resources, recreational anglers can help ensure future fishing opportunities.
- Rockfish: Bring That Rockfish Down!
A brochure with tips and techniques for successfully releasing rockfish suffering barotrauma injuries.
- 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.