Species covered in proposed rule • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change: P. 109 "ROCKFISH CLOSED"
New Rule Proposal: Open rockfish in the sound with a limit of 2. May 1-Nov 30th, or even year-round.
Why the change is needed: Any jackass that's tied a jig on and bounced it around some rocks can tell you, there's no shortage of rockfish in the sound. In regards to the protection of canary and yelloweye rockfish, these fish usually live in deeper water, so leaving the 120-foot depth restriction MORE THAN covers it.
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Submitted by: OCONNOR, RORY L — BELLINGHAM, WA
Date submitted: 04/27/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW314255
Several recent analyses and studies focusing on rockfishes in Puget Sound have concluded that stocks are in poor condition. Rockfish in Puget Sound have been grouped into four stock status categories based upon the directionality of trends in abundance: Healthy, Precautionary, Vulnerable, and Depleted. Most Puget Sound rockfish species are in Precautionary status: however, some species such as copper rockfish are designated as Vulnerable, and quillback rockfish are designated as Depleted. Further, three species of rockfish have been listed under the Endangered Species Act in Puget Sound: yelloweye and canary as threatened, and bocaccio as endangered. WDFW also has listed thirteen species of rockfish as Washington State Species of Concern. A special review by the American Fisheries Society found several species of rockfish in Puget Sound to be among the most threatened marine fish stocks in North America. Direct fishery removals at unsustainable rates can reduce population productivity and affect the size and age structure of the population, substantially reducing the likelihood of rebuilding stocks to sustainable fishery levels. WDFW has chosen to adopt a precautionary approach to recovering rockfish species in Puget Sound and has instituted a variety of increasingly restrictive harvest measures to reduce fishing pressure. This approach is especially important given the longevity, late age-at-maturity, and highly variable annual recruitment success of many rockfish species, which lengthens recovery time relative to many other marine species. At this time, the current harvest restrictions are deemed a necessary step toward the recovery and return to healthy status of Puget Sound rockfish stocks.
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