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Live Review of Public Comments: Cabezon Extended Rulemaking Process

Online Public Comments   (202 Comments)

Do you agree with the Cabezon season change proposal?
Yes: 20    No: 182

TOWNLEY, BRYAN   June 2, 2013
NORTH BEND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season.
REISEN, CRAIG   June 2, 2013
EVERETTT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season.
BORRELL, JOSEPH   June 2, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I support keeping the status quo (longer seasons) for the cabezon fishery. While I normally fish for cabezon during the lingcod season, I feel that the justification for the shortened season was not made clear or evident by WDFW.
WHITE, CHRIS   June 2, 2013
THORNTON, CO

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please keep the season as it is.
CASE, SHERMAN   May 31, 2013
TIGARD, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There are indications that the Cabezon stocks are in immediate danger, and changing the bag limit and size limit will give them more protection than they have now. Give those restrictions some time and see what effects they have.
HAYASHIBARA, JOHN   May 31, 2013
HILLSBORO, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please dont change the season. Its fine the way it is. Thanks.
BARNARD, JACOB B   May 31, 2013
LYNDEN, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
TSUKADA, RUDY   May 31, 2013
ANCHROAGE, AK

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There are so limited opportunities in WA I find it ridicuolus that it is being restricted further with such poor/non-existent (at least to the public) science. I guess I won't be spending extra $$ like I used to in WA.
BARTHOLOMEW, DAVID M   May 31, 2013
SNOHOMISH, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is little benefit from changing the season. I am against the change. Thanks!
CIRINCIONE, LISA   May 31, 2013
AURORA, CO

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Do not change the season. It works well as it is.
CARNEY, MEGHAN   May 31, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I vote no on the season change
JACOBSON, JACK   May 31, 2013
FT. MYERS, FL

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
WILKINS, CIARA   May 31, 2013
SARASOTA, FL

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
LISTON, BILL A   May 31, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
From my time spent on the water I have not seen any reason to reduce the cabezon season. This is just another attempt to reduce sportfishermen's time on the water.
REDFERN, KAREN   May 31, 2013
AKRON, OH

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please, please, please don't change the season. Thank you.
NESS, B   May 31, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season
BENNETT, DEAN G   May 31, 2013
VANCOUVER, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Not convinced of low number of cabezon.
SAUL, KATE   May 31, 2013
MARYSVILLE , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season!
SURIANI, MARILYN   May 31, 2013
BERKELEY LAKE, GA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season.
FAULKNER , MIKE   May 30, 2013
SILVERDALE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Unless they specifically are endangered, the rules should not change.
BREWER, SHELLEE K   May 30, 2013
NORTH BEND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Shorten it and we will stay in oregon for vactions and fish here!
GREEN, RHODA H   May 30, 2013
RENTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
There are fewer cabezon in the waters. Some times I think it is good to have a season every other year form May 1 through June 15.
MARTINEZ, FILIBERTO   May 30, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Until the season change proposal can be backed with actual scientific facts I will not support season changes.
LANDRUM, MARIE   May 30, 2013
BONNEY LAKE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I think cabezon fishing year round is good for the businesses of fishing towns. The evidence does not show cabezon are dwindling in numbers. Therefore, a year round fishing season should remain in effect.
POTTER, JIM   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Not in favor of change
ROBERTSON, ADAM   May 30, 2013
LACEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
OLKEN, NATHANIEL   May 30, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
While I am from Oregon I fish in Washington and changes like this are making it harder to justify buying a Washington license.
IVANOFF, MARK   May 30, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The WDFW keeps making it harder and harder to enjoy fishing. They want to reduce our ability to catch fish and where we can fish but still want all the money they can get from us.
SIMONS, PATRICIA A   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
My WiFi went out as I was submitting this before, so I am submitting it again, as I do not think my last vote went through. PLEASE, DO NOT CHANGE THE SEASONS.
OWEN, T   May 30, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please follow rule making proceedures and allow public comment before making changes.
SANDE, CECILIA   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
FRYE, JIM   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Would like to see no changes made
FRYE, NITA   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please keep the season the way it is
YODER, PATSY   May 30, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
YODER, PATSY   May 30, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
INSINGA, ANDREW   May 30, 2013
LAKE OSWEGO, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not make these kinds of big decisions based on special interests. Keep the cabezone season as is.
DEASON, SHERYL D   May 30, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Do not change the season
GRAVES, WESLEY A   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I vote no!!!
GRAVES, NICOLE A   May 30, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I choose to vote no, do not agree with the change.
MONTOURE, SHANNON   May 30, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please keep the seasons the same as they are, thank you.
STICKEL, ANTHONY   May 29, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please have a scientific baseline for your policy recommendations.
WALKER, PAUL   May 29, 2013
EUGENE, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not agree. Why would you want to do this? It makes no sense.
CATON, BRAD   May 29, 2013
ABEERDEEN, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
No data to support a shorter season
MONTOYA, DAVID   May 29, 2013
MARYSVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Why is one commissioner able to continue to try and circumvent the rule pertaining to rule changes? Perhaps this commissioner should be absolved of their duties and shown the door, especially since they seem so bent on ruling in favor of so few.
ROSSI, COLTON G   May 29, 2013
DUVALL, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
PRESTIDGE, VENYS   May 29, 2013
MILTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Political machinations & business interests (framed as anecdote) should not be determining what's best for the environment.... & for the resource. Science & Data should. WDFW should protect this.
ALBRECHT, DAN   May 29, 2013
NORMANDY PARK, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This is just another opportunity that is being lost for recreational fishing. Meanwhile, tribal commercial fishing continues the willful destruction of precious natural resources.
HOULE, PAUL   May 29, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I posted comments a few months back when the attempt to backdoor this initiative occurred. The gist; Show the data.....the comprehensive assessment ....I make a living rigorously applying data, stats analysis, & scientific process. WDFW should also!
CROONQUIST, DAVE   May 29, 2013
SEQUIM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Continuing to work on the regulations after they went through the development process and were passed creates a concern over the process. Cabezon are not, to my understanding, routinely targeted. The current season structure should be maintained.
MICHAEL, HAL   May 29, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
A change of this magnitude needs a FULL public process w ith all of the data made available for review and discussion. A change of this magnitude needs to be fully discussed with the tribes that hold treaty rights in the affected areas.
TICE, TERRY L   May 29, 2013
BONNEY LAKE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
you guys are absolutely destroying the fishing in Washington state! if I screwed up this bad at work I would have been fired years ago! please quite! we need a wdfw that enhances the fishing and fishing opportunities in this state! thisproposal sucks
CASE, JAMES   May 29, 2013
TIGARD, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not agree with this change to the season. I will not be traveling to Washington to fish, or purchase an out of state license to fish with these changes.
FIELD, JAY   May 29, 2013
ANACORTES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is no scientific reason that I can see which would justify the proposed restrictions on Cabezon season(s)/limit(s).
RICHTER, JENNIFER L   May 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season dates! Thank you!
MESOJEDNIK, HUNTER   May 29, 2013
MCCLEARY , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please abide by the law for rule change process. I do not understand how bargman and Jennings can break the rules on the rule making process to incrementally chop away at our fishing opportunities. There no available science that supports change.
BERNINGER, MARK   May 29, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please show us more data that shows that cabezon are being affected by recreational anglers. If you change this rule I will not fish in Washington nearly as much, and keep my money in Oregon or Canada
SHARP, DAVID   May 29, 2013
FOREST GROVE, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Of course it does not matter to the many out there who do not fish. But for those of us who do love to fish this is quite a serious offense. Little by little our freedoms are being taken away from us. This is no exception. Please Dont take it away!
FRAWLEY, JOE   May 29, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The season should not be changed unless WDFW has a scientific basis for doing so. Also, no rule making should occur unless WDFW complies with the Administrative Procedure Act and complies with the RCWs that control agency rule making.
ROGERS, JAMES R   May 29, 2013
ABERDEEN, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
As it stands right now there is no scientific backing that the cabezon season needs to be shortened.
GAUTHIER, CHARLES M   May 29, 2013
BREMERTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I would appreciate seeing rule changes get full public exposure and discussion and have some science and knowledge behind the reasons for the rule changes. This rule change does not meet that requirement. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
SANSANO, ALLEN   May 29, 2013
SAN JOSE, CA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
By all accounts, including WDFW data, the Puget Sound cabazon populations are stable and harvest is already relatively low. I don't see any justification for modifying the current rules.
FERRIS, RYAN   May 29, 2013
GRESHAM, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Changing the season doesn't make any sense, nor does the process being followed to make this change. Please do not change.
CORRIGAN, DAVID R   May 29, 2013
TIGARD, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
NO SEASON CHANGE PLEASE!
MEYER, SEAN G   May 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not make this change. Thank you.
LANDRUM, LEANDER   May 29, 2013
BONNEY LAKE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This is another anti-fishing rule proposal that is not based on actual science. Please stop these non-science based anti-fishing agenda rule proposals Mr. Jennings.
UPSON, ANDREW   May 29, 2013
SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
WDFW itself describes Cabezon numbers as "stable". There is no data to support the restriction on cabezon fishing seasons. Also with new length restrictions and lower bag limits a few years should be given to evaluate those effects before doing more.
STEPHENS, PHIL P   May 29, 2013
DES MOINES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
ARGYLE, CAITLIN   May 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
FARMER, CHELSEA   May 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
QUESSENBERRY, NATHAN P   May 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
VANZANT, MICHAEL   May 29, 2013
AURORA, CO

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season! I love it when I get up there.
KRIEL, NOAH   May 29, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The season change is too restrictive. I would like to come and fish for them this year, but I don't if the dates are changed.
CRAWFORD, JORDAN K   May 29, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Why change it? Where is the science to back up said change? I see no reason to change this.
FLYNN, JUSTIN   May 29, 2013
BAKER CITY, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I disagree with this rule change. I have a limited opportunity to visit your state to fish and would be very disappointed if when I got there, the fishing season was closed. I might not even come to Washington and spend my money in Oregon.
HEIKKINEN, JUSTIN   May 29, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I vote no to changes based on whim and not science.
JOHNSON, JEFF   May 29, 2013
REDMOND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Don't change the season without scientific support. Which I haven't seen.
GELFAND, MICAH   May 29, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season.
BELLOWS, CHRISTOPHER A   May 29, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
David Jennings is attempting to shut down bottomfishing seasons with zero science to back it up. You should be ashamed of the way this rule has been pushed through and not allow these hidden tactics to succeed. This process is shameful.
BROWN, ROGER   May 29, 2013
SUMNER , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I fish area 4 all of the time and there are generally more cabezon then lings. They just hang out in different spaces. Besides you can't go out and target cabezon. You get them when they come threw.
MCTEAGUE, KYLE   May 29, 2013
PORTLAND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This proposal does not seem logical.
QUADE, JOHN   May 29, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I vote no on the season change, and further, start following the very explicit RCW regarding changing WDFW Rules!!! You folks have been caught before pulling this crap, STOP IT!!!!
KRAEMER, CURT R   May 29, 2013
MARYSVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I found a second go around on this issue completely inappropriate and outside the established procedures for regulation change proposals. The commission made a decision on this issue. See how those changes preform before re-visiting the issue.
MARCUM, ROY   May 29, 2013
COOS BAY, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season
NG, STEVE   May 29, 2013
GIG HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
No science to prove this, rarely encounter a cabezon anyways.
COLLETT, MARK   May 28, 2013
RAYMOND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is no scientific evidence to support this change. Don't let it happen please.
ANDERSON, JEFF   May 28, 2013
PORTLAND , OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please do not change the season!
ABULENCIA, ARIEL   May 28, 2013
ORTING, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Why change the dates, that's exactly what and why people fish. Bad enough the license is so expensive and with so many regulations, maybe have a proposal for the Indians netting and crabbing.
HYDE, CHRISTOPHER   May 28, 2013
COOS BAY, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not support the change in season due to the lack if scientific evidence to merit such a dramatic cut.
NGUYEN, HUNG   May 28, 2013
SAMMAMISH, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This proposal is promoted by individuals who don't follow process or procedure, not using sound scientific methods and data, and having a biased view against sport fishing. Better ideas: increase the season, increase limit to 3-4, CRC, better science
LINDELOF, JANE   May 28, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I disagree with the proposal. Please maintain the current season!
SMITH, JAMES A   May 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please, don't change the season!
OCONNOR, RORY L   May 28, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
75% reduction of saltwater fishing opportunity for anglers. No convincing evidence to support vast reduction. Essentially closes inside saltwater for angling June 15-30, the longest days of the summer. Impact cannot measured in light of other changes
BOURASA, DOUGLAS J   May 28, 2013
SEATAC, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Without scientific data to back up proposal,there is no reason to change the season.
BRENNEMAN, SCOTT   May 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I am in opposition to shortening the cabezon season. There is no scientific evidence that supports this season change proposal.this proposal which reduces sport fishing opportunity in our state doesn't make economic sense either.
BREWER, SCOTT L   May 28, 2013
NORTH BEND, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
MUELLER, CRAIG G   May 28, 2013
TUALATIN, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
As someone who likes to travel to the state of Washington to fish, it is nice to know there is bottom fishing available in those marine areas in the summer when kids are out of school and able to go on vacation. Please keep it as it was, 5/1- 11/30.
ABULENCIA, DINO   May 28, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
We take wounded vets and soldiers fishing, do not shorten their time on the water.
TILLER, ANNE   May 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
MOLENKAMP, BRYCE   May 28, 2013
SHORELINE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
STAUFFER, DAN H   May 28, 2013
KENMORE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Making another change BEFORE the effect of reducing the daily limit and instituting the 18" minimum size is rather unscientific. Catch monitoring and sample size of the harvest, should be assessed first. Cabby effort goes down post 6-15 anyway.
DAVID, DAVE J   May 27, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I would like to know why the change is needed and what brought the "change" up? nobody fishes exclusively for cabezon that I know of. it is like almost like an incidental catch.
GEORGE, PAUL   May 26, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Moving from 6 mos down to 6 wks is a dramatic change that would only be necessary in an emergency. Cabezon are listed as stable, and there is no credible, solid science to support the further reduction of this fishery.
BETHKE, RICHARD A   May 26, 2013
SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
If this change occurs, virtually all bottom-fish will be illegal to harvest all summer long. Due Cabezon numbers justify this? Why not see if the new lower limit, and size restriction leads to a stable population.
BOLL, DOUG   May 25, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Mr. Jennings is absolutely incorrect in his assumption that there are only 8,008 cabezon in Puget sound. Let's use science for our numbers instead of Jennings personal agenda of closing recreational fishing. What a tool Jennings is. Thanks
BOYD, LEWIS   May 25, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The original rule stated from staff that the Cabazon population was stable and there should be a size limit imposed. Several months later with the vote on March 1, miraculously there was a drop in catch limit and season change of many months. Where is the science behind this? A study with fragmented science from a very different area was brought up by Commissioner Jennings. Picking and choosing pieces from another area isn
LEE, ANTHONY   May 24, 2013
SAMMAMISH, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
there is no scientific or rational reason for this other than to limit the days of fishing available. Given the cost of a license I do not think this is reasonable.
CARMEL, ANDREW   May 24, 2013
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
HUNT, RICHARD A   May 24, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Should maintain the current regs until a PROPER scientific study is done.
KRAEMER, BRIAN   May 23, 2013
KENT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Cab e zon tast y Now pro hib it ed, oh no Opp or tun it y Barely enough room to write a haiku in your comment section. If you want real feedback, pleas contact me. This process has been a joke for start to finish.
WIEDERSPOHN, DAVE   May 23, 2013
BLAINE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I absolutely object to this huge reduction in fishing opportunity in Washington.
HANSEN, JOSH   May 23, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I agree with the bag limit of one fish, but limiting the opportunity limits the public's ability to utilize the resource over the summer. For me, it is about spending time out on the water with family, not just putting fish on the deck.
BIERLE, CRAIG   May 23, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This change all but eliminates bottom fishing during the summer months in inside water. Cabezon are not frequently targeted with current regulations, and evidence regarding their scarcity is poor at best. Please maintain the current rules.
BORBON, RAYMOND J   May 23, 2013
KIRKLAND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Given all bottomfishing would close June 15 and salmon doesn't open until July 1 on most inside waters, there would be essentially NO saltwater fishing opportunity for ANY anglers during the longest days of summer. I fish from a kayak not a yacht!
PETERSON, A   May 23, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I just read the estimate of only 8000 cabezon in all of the San Juans. LOL... where do you guys come up with this stuff?!
SUNICH, JOHN M   May 23, 2013
EDGEWOOD, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This season proposal is too restrictive. We have plenty of cabezon present in our waters and reducing the season to a mere 45 days from 210 days is way too much of a restriction. This state needs to stop reducing season lengths for many fisheries.
ROBINSON, JESS   May 23, 2013
MARYSVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not agree with you Cabezon restrictions you are imposing on us fisherman. Please stop taking opportunity from us while charging premium prices. The public should be heard before you make your back room decisions.
PIERCE, JOHN   May 23, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The idea that there are so few cabezon is ludicrous. Sounds like special interest at work to me as opposed to thoughtful scientific rule making that serves the continued health of the fish population as well as the anglers this impacts.
MARDESICH, NIKOLAS A   May 22, 2013
ANACORTES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I believe harvest of cabezon during lingcod season only will offer superior protection to all bottomfish stocks.
REICHERT, ROSS   May 21, 2013
CENTRALIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I agree with taking down the season a notch. I just feel that all these fishery problems are happening and should be handled in a way that the State doesn't loose even more money! I think the problems at hand are largely due to poor management.
LARSEN, ROBERT C   May 20, 2013
BONNEY LAKE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I believe you should have a one fish limit but that it should be open during the entire bottom fishing season. The min size of 18 inches is good as you get little meat from the smaller fish and the size restriction should assure future population.
PIERCE, HOWARD K   May 20, 2013
BREMERTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
In my experience there are very few fisherman (except divers) specifically targeting Cabezon in areas 5-11 & 13. The existing restrictions on Lingcod and ban on rockfish have already greatly reduced incidental catches of Cabezon.
MEYER, DANIEL   May 20, 2013
SNOHOMISH, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I fish for Cabezon in areas 4 and 9 and really enjoy the opportunity to catch some fine-eating white fleshed fish for a longer period of time. I do not support the season reduction as it is not science based and there's no good reason to reduce opp.
BROOKS, DON   May 20, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please don't change the season on this fish. There is no science to support shortening the season.
FERRERA, JOHN A   May 19, 2013
MILL CREEK, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Fishing in puget sound is getting to be not worth it. To many special rules and restrictions. Do not buy a saltwater license anymore. If your worried about cabezon i would say shorten season to the end of august and keep the size limit.
SORENSEN, GARY   May 18, 2013
ARLINGTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
BRIGGS, GEORGE   May 17, 2013
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Dear Commissioners, I am opposed to all of the new rule changes concerning cabazon. There has been no scientific evidence that I've seen presented to support this change. The WDFW states that cabazon populations in the sound are stable.
CRAWFORD, BRYAN   May 17, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not think this rule change should be enacted. Commissioner Jennings info is not reliable. As to the reduction in Bag limits, this should be repealed.
BAILEY, ROBERT V   May 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
ROCKEY, SCOTT E   May 17, 2013
ELMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
In marine area 4 west of the Tatoosh Bonilla line there is no apparent shortage of Cabezon. I hooked and released over 12 in 1 day near Umatilla Reef. You should though be able to reatin Yellow Eye Rockfish during a Halibut openings. It's a waste.
NAYLOR, PETE   May 15, 2013
SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Species monitoring inadequate - caution is your response, but it should instead be science. License fees rise, and opportunity is lost - this change would mean several good weather months with minimal fishing interest. WDFW is ineffective.
CARR, APRIL   May 13, 2013
BURIEN, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I don't understand humankinds need to eat every animal in the ocean. Maybe it is because I grew up in Bremerton. Maybe it is becasue I am a Seattle Aquarium volunteer and beach captain for the seattle aqaurium program
JONES, PHIL   May 13, 2013
HOQUIAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
We just finished the halibut opener in Area 4, and we caught a lot of exceptionally large cabezon - more and bigger than ever. 4 fishermen caught about 20 in 2 days. All were released unharmed. I can't speak about the other areas.
MARDESICH, NIKOLAS A   May 12, 2013
ANACORTES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
In my angling experience in the San Juan Islands and elsewhere,cabezon are a fairly rare and incidental catch when targeting lingcod. I believe this limited season will help reduce bycatch of rockfish and help all bottomfish species in general. -Nik
QUIST, KENTON L   May 10, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I'm a lifelong Washington resident and grew up spending summers camping and fishing in the San Juans. I do the same thing now with my young kids. If the Cabezon season ends on June 15, there's nothing for my kids to fish for during summer vacation.
ELTRICH, RICHARD   May 10, 2013
GIG HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I fully support WDFW rule changes to protect Cabezon by reducing fishing time, limiting size and bag. Cabezon are a low yield fish as far as usable meat per weight or size of body. I would encourage even more restrictions if needed.
BYKONEN, DONALD   May 8, 2013
SUMNER, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
You guys are destroying the fishing by all these restrictions. You limit us on the depth and what do you expect when everyone fishes within 120 feet and close to shore. What a sad state of affairs with WDFW.
WOOD, DAVID   May 8, 2013
SHELTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I do not agree with either proposal. I do like a season that would run most of the summer so families can take cabezon while fishing for bass and cod. let's find out why the cabezon are not as abundant as before because it is not due to sport fish
BRANDT, JOHN E   May 8, 2013
ENUMCLAW, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The season should be from May 1 to November 30 to keep it easier and in line with the adjacent areas.
CHRISTENSEN, VICTOR   May 6, 2013
SNOHOMISH, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
A change of season this drastic would have a large effect on crab populations, as this is the cabezon's primary food. While I don't object to season shortening, this is too much.
TRUJILLO, GREG   May 1, 2013
OAK HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
In all the years I have fished here, I have only caught one cabezon. Maybe you should leave the open dates as they are and allow only 5 per person per year. You can issue a catch record.
BUCKNER, KEN   May 1, 2013
BUCKLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
When fishing for cabezon I am usually in 40 - 60 ft of water on a sandy flat. I am not catching any cod. Please return the limit to 2 cabezon and maintain the current season.
WING, DAVE M   April 30, 2013
LUMMI ISLAND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
My six year old grandson comes to visit in July each year.I would like to take him fishing for something, as did my dad and grandfather, but if the season were to change there would be nothing for him to catch.No rockfish, no lingcod, nothing. SAD !
DOMICO, RACHEL   April 30, 2013
LOPEZ ISLAND , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Speaking from area 7, we currently have sufficient restrictions on bottom fish. Trust the committees action and initial vote to limit catch, but maintain the season. THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT SCIENCE NOR REASON TO JUSTIFY REDUCING THE SEASON.
DAVIS, JUSTIN   April 29, 2013
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I run a charter and we only caught two Cabazon the whole year. If the Cabazon gets limited, then from July-April we will basically only be able to fish for salmon. Make a Cabazon catch card to see how many are being retained before limiting it.Thanks
TACHELL, ART J   April 28, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
First this is not a targeted sport fishery if a cabezon is caught it is usually accidental. Are bottomfish that are currently illegal to take recovering or are the closures another waste? Please do something with our lisence fee's and tax's that help
MINTON, BILL   April 27, 2013
TACOMA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Disagree with a change of the seasons.Give the size limit change time to work before reducing opportunity further cabezon are not a targeted species by anglers.My expierience has been that cabezon are a incidental catch that occurs when bottomfishing
VAN HOY, CHRIS N   April 27, 2013
LAKE STEVENS , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I am an avid scuba diver and spearfisher... I do not like the rule change because it seems every year there are more and more restrictions on Lingcod, and rockfish.. Now there is going to be cabezon restrictions? this fish Is not endangered.
MACKINNON, DON   April 27, 2013
ANACORTES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
The cabezon season be the same time period as the lingcod season. There are too many boaters using cabezon fishing to target lingcod and rockfish. Enforcement coverage is inadequate to stop poaching. Are donations to WDFW enforcement possible?
MALMGREN, CHARLES G   April 26, 2013
BOTHELL, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
PRESTIDGE, VENYS   April 26, 2013
MILTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I'd love to see the evidence that supports the claims for these recommendations.
HOULE, PAUL   April 26, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please show the actual data that supports this recommedation. What was the purpose of the 2013 season/bag limit changes? & how will their post-season assessment inform future changes if future changes are ALREADY being proposed. WHERE's the science?
MANNING, KLEENE R   April 25, 2013
DES MOINES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
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KEITHLY, JAMES   April 25, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I agree. These fish stocks need to recover. Thanks for addressing this issue
TENNEY, APRIL   April 25, 2013
GRANITE FALLS, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is no evidence that cabezon is, or will be, in decline. The size limitation is unneccessary and will increase bycatch (of non legal cabbie). The limit change to just one cabezon is also completely unnecessary, and so is the season change!
BLAIR, BARTELMES M   April 25, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Totally not necessary, lets see some science and numbers behind this proposal. Not reactionary measures
KRAEMER, ELEANOR I   April 24, 2013
KENT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
No. Cabezon is tasty. Cabezon is plentiful. We like to catch cabezon for dinner. It is not fair that you have changed the seasons.
KRAEMER, BRIAN   April 24, 2013
KENT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
WDFW should not limit opportunity on cabezon unless there is a clear biological reason. WDFW has provided no data suggesting that cabezon are being overharvested. Seasons should revert to pre-2012 models. If its not broke don't fix it.
CHAMBERLAIN, MICHAEL L   April 24, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Cabezon for the most part are a non targeted by catch of ling cod fishermen in Marine Areas 5-11 and 13. After the ling cod season (May1-June15) the amount of angling for cabazon is almost non existent. In Marine Area 4 cabazon also fall into by cat
BORO, JOHN A   April 24, 2013
KEIZER, OR

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Although I do not feel a year round season is necessary for Cabezon in Marine area 4. I do feel a season, possibly one the same as for Ling Cod is appropriate. The main thing is that any decisions are made on scientific data and not emotions.
DEXTER, PHILLIP W   April 24, 2013
BUCKLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Every time you change the rules for the sport fishermen.And nothing seems to change for the tribes and comercial fisheries.Just like with the halibut fishery you do not have a clue as to how accurate your counts are.Because you assume the catch count
VAROSYAN, TIGRAN   April 23, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
In my observations diving same spots for years is that the Cabizon population is growing. They are an occasional target of opportunity while spearfishing and an accidental catch while fishing with hook and line. Why shorten season?
AUSTIN, MAURICE   April 23, 2013
EASTSOUND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
A season change this drastic is simply unacceptable. If passed, I will likely no longer purchase a saltwater license--but heck, maybe that's the ultimate goal.
HARTING, JESSICA   April 23, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
No, I do not agree generally. But I would agree with a limited duration season change with a specific start and end date.
GONZALES, SUSAN   April 23, 2013
OAK HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
To reduce the season for cabezon means that we will have 6 weeks of ling cod. leaving just kelp greenling to catch. It will not be worth the price of a license to fish these waters anymore. I have seen no reports that cabezon are endangered.
CHUMNANUKSON, CHAI   April 23, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
DREWRY, DAVID   April 23, 2013
PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Please maintain the existing cabezon season.Fishing opportunities,particularly bottomfishing,in Marine areas 5-13 have been severely curtailed in recent years.Keeping existing seasons as-is maintains good fishing opportunities thru spring and summer.
BENTON, BILL   April 23, 2013
PUYALLUP, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I support the limit of 1 and a minimum size restriction but I do not support cutting out the vast majority of the season. They are a hearty fish and catch and release is favorable with them
PAIGE, BRIAN   April 23, 2013
MONROE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
ARNOLD, RACHEL   April 23, 2013
EVERETT, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Scientific evidence suggests that Cabezon are fast growing and mature within the first 2-3 years of life (11-13"; Grebel & Cailliet, 2010). They are a good option for fishing and yet are actually not targeted by many people.
BELL, MIKAL   April 23, 2013
MARYSVILLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I Would Like To Know why This Action Is Required Or Even On The Table.
WOLDSETH, DANE   April 23, 2013
BELLEVUE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
HARTIGAN, JOHN   April 23, 2013
EDGEWOOD, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I am concerned when the Department considers further restrictions on fishing opportunities in Puget Sound without scientific data to support it. Are Cabezon under too much angler pressure? Please do not approve the change.
GREENE, DAVID A   April 23, 2013
RENTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is no scientific justification for this proposal.We have already implemented significant bottom fishing restrictions which should provide assurance for the continued well being of bottom dwelling species.
MESOJEDNIK, ANDREW   April 23, 2013
MCCLEARY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There is no scientific basis for this rule making change. This is yet another flat out blatant attempt by commissioner Jennings to shut down fishing in the Neah Bay area. He really needs to be kicked off of the commision.
HUDSON, ROGER H   April 23, 2013
BREMERTON , WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
You have already cut retention in half! The 18 inch min. size should discourage targeting for subsistance! Although they can be targeted with specific jigs, my belief is that most fisherman do not bother!
DERUS, TAYLOR   April 23, 2013
LAKE STEVENS, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Making this season shorter would be yet another reason to not purchase a license. There's already so many lost fishing opportunities to take away one that's in no harm would be a major blow to the limited fishing we already deal with.
PETERSON, AARON   April 23, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
According to WDFW, populations are "stable". A minimum size and a limit of 1 are good, conservative measures to maintain stable populations. Cutting out the majority of the harvest season seems overreaching though. Nearly all that I catch are
BOMAN, KENNY C   April 23, 2013
DUVALL, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
We should strive to maintain as much fishing opportunity as possible. Fishing restrictions should not be put in place, unless sound science dictates those restrictions.
MANNING, JACOB J   April 23, 2013
DES MOINES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The season is too short already.
GRIFFIN, KENNETH   April 23, 2013
KINGSTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
Cabezon are just starting to show a come back in the Kitsap Co Point No Point Area 9. Even 30 - 40 years ago when they were more abundant it was rare to catch one on hook and line.
UPSON, ANDREW   April 23, 2013
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
WDFW itself describes Cabezon numbers as "stable". There is no data to support the restriction on cabezon fishing seasons. Also with new length restrictions and lower bag limits a few years should be given to evaluate those effects before doing more.
THOMSON, WILLIAM G   April 23, 2013
ANACORTES, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
HASTINGS, PETE D   April 23, 2013
KENMORE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
there is getting to be less and less and if you don't do something soon there will be precious little left for anyone. Please save what's left for future generations.
GONZALEZ-VIZOSO, RAFAEL   April 23, 2013
MERCER ISLAND, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
The data that led to this proposal should be disclosed. Secondly, I do agree to the one fish a day limit, but not to the season change unless the data supports this kind of restriction. As of now, it seems arbitrary.
NELSON, BLAKE S   April 22, 2013
TUMWATER, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
Yes. It makes sense to align with rockfish conservation goals. I don't know anyone who targets cabezon exclusively in the Puget Sound.
FREEMAN, DON   April 22, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
These fish are most vulnerable to divers. They deserve protection, this is a good start.
CARTER, RAYAN C   April 22, 2013
MUKILTEO, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Cabezon face little pressure in marine area 4 compared to other species and they are one of the more accessible species for anglers with smaller boats since they can be caught very close to shore.
ERIKSEN, ERIN E   April 22, 2013
FERNDALE WA., WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I have noticed a decrease in the numbers of cabezon, we don't catch very many in area 7. When we do they are usually less than the new legal size. I believe protection is needed.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T   April 22, 2013
GIG HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I believe area 4 Should stay open for cabezon retention at least during the lingcod season. As for area 5-11 and 13, I agree with shrinking the season to May 1st through June 15th to provide added protection for cabezon.
RUNG, WALTER   April 22, 2013
LAKE STEVENS, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I think this is a good rule for limiting angler encounters with rockfish. Rockfish, Lingcod and Cabezon often are caught in the same locations, this rule would act to limit anglers from poaching and/or harming lingcod and rockfish.
ROWE, DALE   April 22, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
Reduce catch
ROWE, DALE   April 22, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
Reduce catch
WESTLUND, JASON   April 22, 2013
SEATTLE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
Changing the catch limit to one and the minimum size should be more than good to protect the species. If you still feel that more is need then increase the minimum size yet further. The season length is not the problem.
MCDANIEL, JAMES   April 22, 2013
ORCAS, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
This ruling would be the last nail in the coffin for someone like me who moved here in '97 full time to enjoy bottom fishing among other things.
TOBECK, ROBERT   April 22, 2013
RENTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
We have already made restrictions for limits and size, why do we need the extra limits on seasons? This is purely an effort by anti-fishing groups that use flawed studies to further restrict access and opportunity for recreational anglers.
TAYLOR, WILLIAM   April 22, 2013
SUMNER, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
It should be closed year around for at least five to six years. You also need to stop on indian net fishing in the Straits, Puget Sound, n rivers. This is really important.
PENTLAND, MATTHEW   April 22, 2013
SNOQUALMIE, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I don't see any reason to change the season. No substantial data was given if conservation is the concern. If the population is healthy anglers should be able to fish as per the previos year.
HUME, MIKE   April 22, 2013
MONTESANO, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
We need to remove David Jennings from the commission. He seems to be against the sports fishing groups and states facts that are not true. He seems to have an agenda to make his own private diving area. No scientific data to support it.
WILLIAMS, D.E.   April 22, 2013
PORT LUDLOW, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
There appears to be no science to back up this proposed change other than to further restrict fisherman. Just like there is no science to continue restricting fishing in Northern Area 12.
MCDONALD, JAMES   April 22, 2013
BREMERTON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
I would also like to see large marine sanctuary areasestablished where fishing and diving of any kind is prohibited.
BUNCH, WENDELL   April 22, 2013
OAK HARBOR, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: No

Comments:
I followed the catch reports closely and cabezon do not appear to be regularly targeted by sports fishers. The continuing reduction in seasons, species and even baits for alternative species has been reduced options and time to a few months.
DIDRICKSEN, DANIEL J   April 22, 2013
VASHON, WA

Do you agree with the proposal: Yes

Comments:
Despite the fact that I love to fish in Puget Sound, I am in favor of more strict harvest regulations for bottom fish in hopes they will improve the stock status of long-lived bottomfish species to create sustainable fisheries in the future.