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The NMFS has just announced plans to lift the ban on yellow eye and canary rockfishes!
Citing a "marked increase" in the abundance and average size of these two species over the last ten years, the NMFS will soon announce that a "limited sport fishery" will begin sometime near April 1st. Don't believe me? Here's a quote from the article in today's Chronicle...
"It's exciting news," says Dr. E. Jordani, of the California Groundfish Initiative (CGI). "For years fishermen have been telling us that there were more canary rockfish out there than any other species. I can't believe it, but it looks like they were right."
In addition, the NMFS is reconsidering the current status of coho salmon, giant sea bass, and green sturgeon. All of which have shown dramatic recoveries from recent historic lows. Below please find the new canary rockfish regs. The wording is a bit abstruse, so make sure you read it several times... especially the end.
New Canary Rockfish Regs:
"The size limit for canary rockfish is 14.25 inches, or 1.9 pounds wet. An alternate fillet length of 16 inches is acceptable in all ocean waters south of a line due west from Horse Mountain, to the northernmost portion of the new Pillar Point MPA (coordinates to be determined), except that no canary rockfish may be retained while the vessel is traveling through, around or across a state marine reserve or conservation area. Canary rockfish may only be taken by use of dry fly, or with barbless, unbaited circle hooks. No led weight in excess of 2 ounces may be carried onboard a vessel in which canary rockfish have been retained. In addition, no person may transport a canary rockfish in the state of California without being in possession of a canary rockfish report card (available anywhere sport fishing licenses are sold). All canary rockfish must be tagged in accordance with the instructions on the back of the canary rockfish report card. Bag limits and size limits may change as harvest quotas are reached. The 2010 canary rockfish season will begin on the Sunday after the fourth Wednesday in April. Unless there are fewer than four Wednesdays in April, in which case the season will open May 2nd (this may change). All canary rockfish must be landed between 38 minutes after sunrise and 36.75 minutes after sunset, accept that boat anglers may not possess any canary rockfish on gibbous moons, or when the tide exceeds 5.8 feet or when the california mussel qurantine is in effect . Call this number for information: 1-800-555-1212."
From way out on 2nd Avenue... this is Lombard of the intertidal saying... April Fools. Like duh.