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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 65. Cabezon minimum size requirement

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Rules Category
Coastal Region Marine

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Marine Area 4-11 and 13: Cabezon minimum size 18 inches.

Explanation
Cabezon are at low but stable numbers in Puget Sound. This regulation will provide additional protection by allowing the majority of adult cabezon to mature and reproduce prior to being subject to harvest.

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation

  • Option 1: (proposed) Minimum size 18 in.
  • Option 2: Closed to fishing for cabezon in Marine Areas 4-11 and 13
  • Option 3: Daily limit 1 cabezon Option 4: Reduce season to May 1-June 15

Commission Action
In Marine Areas 4-11 and 13 adopted minimum size 18 inches and daily limit of one fish. Directed staff to file a supplemental notice (WSR 13-10-083) to consider a May 1 to June 15 season for cabezon in these areas as the changes considered are substantial changes from the original proposed rule.

See more information at the Cabezon Extended Rulemaking Processhttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/cabezon/ website.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

Comments opposed proposal.

Online Public Comments  (79 comments)

NAYLOR, PETER J  September 20, 2012
SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA  
Comments:
It troubles me that recommendations are made by department staff with no references which would support statements such as "Cabezon are at low but stable numbers". If the population is lower now because of a historical shift in interest towards bottom fishing, why would we make changes to a stable situation when the department readily admits that it cannot fund adequate monitoring and research to measure the effect of that change? Is the situation really the same in all of the marine regulation areas covered in this proposal? If this lower limit were set, I can imagine that next we'll see suggestion that the biggest fish are most effective breeders so we'll need an upper limit also. Will we then have a 2" wide slot and make the ludicrous expectation that spearfishers should try to comply? If there really is evidence to support changing the status quo regarding Cabezon harvest regulations, please consider a shorter season - it's a lot simpler and more en
HAROLD, RUSSELL S  September 21, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.
KEIZER, JOHN A  January 28, 2013
UNIVERSITY PLACE , WA  
Comments:
Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation
STAUFFER, DAN H  September 21, 2012
KENMORE, WA  
Comments:
If anglers releasing 17" cabbies will truly help then fine, BUT aren't the majority of the cabezon harvest taken by divers? How will they manage to measue the fish?
LEE, JEFF B  September 22, 2012
BOW, WA  
Comments:
Disagree with proposal as catch rate on Cabezon is extremely low right now and most anglers will not keep smaller fish anyhow.
LANTZ, BRADLEY G  September 24, 2012
VAUGHN, WA  
Comments:
Have minimum size to protect future stocks.
DURBIN, JOSH D  September 24, 2012
BELFAIR, WA  
Comments:
good idea
ERIKSEN, ERIN E  September 27, 2012
FERNDALE , WA  
Comments:
Cabezon are usually smaller than the proposal, I have seen much less Cabezon in the recent salt water trips, mainly area 7N. Catching a 18 inch fish would be rare, most seem to be in the 12inch to 15inch range. This species does need some protection, adding Cabezon to the Ling Cod season, would help protect the species, and still keep some form of a season. Thank You.
STUDZINSKI, TOM   October 05, 2012
MARYSVILLE, WA  
Comments:
#65 Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little
SAVIDGE, MATT C  October 05, 2012
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little
PERKINS, STEVEN L  October 05, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I do not agree with this proposal. Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little
OWEN, THOMAS A  October 05, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
Continuing trend of shutting down neah bay area little by little. There are countless places where its hard not to catch cabezon out there.
GAUTHIER, CHARLES   October 05, 2012
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
Cabezon population in area 4 is in good shape. How large do cabezon have to be to reproduce?
ABEL, GREG A  October 07, 2012
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
Disagree. There are plenty of Cabazon in these areas. There is not data to support this recommendation.
YOUNG, SETH A  October 08, 2012
MT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
no
BUNNIS, SEAN R  October 08, 2012
NINE MILE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
I disagree with this proposal. Why include area 4? I can understand the sound having the restriction because of how all the fisheries have been impacted. Area 4 in my opinion from fishing the area doesn't need additional restriction on cabezon
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see this rule change put in place to protect depressed numbers of cabezon in Puget Sound.
ATWOOD, APRIL   October 17, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support proposed change #65 which provides a minimum size limit on Cabezon. WDFW data show that Puget Sound’s Cabezon population is a fraction of its historical abundance and will benefit from reduced fishing pressure. Because of the reduced abundance of Cabezon in Puget Sound, and also because of the high protected rockfish bycatch associated with the Cabezon fishing (WDFW 2011 Area 4B test fishery), I further request you consider: Adding a maximum size limit on Cabezon to protect older, more fecund females. Reducing the daily limit of Cabezon within Puget Sound from two (2) to one (1) per person per day, and Shortening the Cabezon season in Puget Sound to six weeks to align with the Lingcod season. Doing so will not only improve the status of the Cabezon population and improve rule enforceability, but also help rebuild sensitive rockfish populations by reducing rockfish encounters.
ROSS, ROGER G  January 28, 2013
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are crustacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
LINCK, RON   October 25, 2012
EDGEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal: - Size Limit to 18 inches - Reduce daily limit to one - Shorten season to 6 weeks to align with lingcod season
REDBURN, JEFF P  November 26, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
No to 65 This area gets a strong return of Lingcod from the ocean. Lingcod are a large predator to rockfish and if we are trying to save Rockfish, leaving a voracious predator unchecked would be counterproductive About 85-90% of this region is already closed off to fishing for Lingcod through the 120’ line depth closure.
PARKER, CRYSTAL   November 26, 2012
DUVALL, WA  
Comments:
Marine area 4 has a very healthy supply of Cabazon and should not be managed as a Puget Sound Rock fishery or an ersatz hatchery to populate Puget sound. MA 4 should be left to the people that work with WDFW to manage our ocean fisheries. Manage Puget Sound as its own fishery.
COATNEY, DON C  November 27, 2012
OAK HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
NO on rule change 65. There is a huge abundance of cabazon in the sound and does not need to have the season changed. I guess next you all are just going to shut off all fishing in the oceans off washingtons coast.
BERTO, NICK   November 28, 2012
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
DO not change current regulations for Cabezon. Less than 18" is fine especially if you are already bringing the fish up from deep water, mortality rate would be high regardless if kept or not.
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Reject rule #64 I have fished puget sound for years and never seen a 18' cabezon.We need to raise and release more juvenial fish.This would totally close the fishery. At least now the people that are fishing will get their one fish and quit.Raise the length to 18' and there will be a greater impact on smaller fish while trying to catch the few and far between 18" fish.
MIGLIACIO, RICK   November 29, 2012
GRAHAM, WA  
Comments:
This area gets a strong return of Lingcod from the ocean. Lingcod are a large predator to rockfish and if we are trying to save Rockfish, leaving a voracious predator unchecked would be counterproductive About 85-90% of this region is already closed off to fishing for Lingcod through the 120’ line depth closure.
MIGLIACIO, SHAWN   November 29, 2012
GRAHAM, WA  
Comments:
This area gets a strong return of Lingcod from the ocean. Lingcod are a large predator to rockfish and if we are trying to save Rockfish, leaving a voracious predator unchecked would be counterproductive About 85-90% of this region is already closed off to fishing for Lingcod through the 120’ line depth closure.
BOBKO, KEN E  December 04, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
Is this rule for Ocean or inside? There is no way that the quantity of fish is the same in area 4 compared to area 11 as an example. Something seems amiss with this applying the same rule to two distinctly different areas and environments. Other food fish are listed differently for different marine areas, why paint this one with such a broad brush. DO not support
GREEN, FRED   December 05, 2012
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I support proposed change #65 which provides a minimum size limit on Cabezon. WDFW data show that Puget Sound’s Cabezon population is a fraction of its historical abundance and will benefit from reduced fishing pressure. Because of the reduced abundance of Cabezon in Puget Sound, and also because of the high "protected" rockfish bycatch associated with the Cabezon fishing (WDFW 2011 Area 4B test fishery), I further request you consider: •Adding a maximum size limit on Cabezon to protect older, more fecund females. •Reducing the daily limit of Cabezon within Puget Sound from two (2) to one (1) per person per day, and •Shortening the Cabezon season in Puget Sound to six weeks to align with the Lingcod season.
CROONQUIST, DAVID   December 06, 2012
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
As with rockfish, the larger females produce more eggs. Rather than having a minimum size for cabezon of 18", I'd suggest a maximum size of 22". Fishes of the Pacific Coast of Canada (Clemans/Wilby) says the maximum size is approximately 30". Information on spawning can be found at: http://fishbull.noaa.gov/871/lauth.pdf
NELSON, BLAKE S  December 06, 2012
TUMWATER , WA  
Comments:
Good proposal! Cabezon are great fish, and to see more of them in the Sound would be excellent. The sculpin king deserves to breed (at least once)!
RAMEY, DAVID A  January 28, 2013
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
I am against this proposal, it is unneeded regulation for a fish that has maintained it's population with currnety rules. I feel this is an attempt to stop fishing one regulation at a time.
BUNCH, WENDELL   January 14, 2013
OAK HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
The size limit appears to be the opposite of size limits designed to protect adult spawning fish; larger more mature fish produce more eggs. If this science has changed then maximum size limits should be removed from all species. In cabezon, larger fish are of lower eating quality. I would recommend a slot limit of 12- 24 inches.
GOFORTH, WILLIAM J  January 22, 2013
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA  
Comments:
Good rule! should be limited to 4-5 per year per person.
PELLETIER, RICK   January 28, 2013
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
GRAHN, MICHAEL   January 28, 2013
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
HANZELKA, DALE   January 28, 2013
CLINTON, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 is plentiful of cabezon. Marine Area 4 should be removed from the list.
JOHNSON, GARY L  January 28, 2013
RAYMOND, WA  
Comments:
We know why these and possibly who is probably putting these together for Neah Bay. The MA 4B closure didn't pass and it looks like a way to shut it down piece by piece. This is unfair to the recreational fishers and family and also to the economy of Neah Bay. #65 Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not w
LEWIS, PHILIP J  January 28, 2013
RAYMOND, WA  
Comments:
No, this is not a beneficial change
RICHARDSON, ADAM   January 28, 2013
OAKVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
KAMINSKI, LARRY   January 28, 2013
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
No..catch limits are already cut down on yellow eye and ling...allow us to fish Neah Bay
HILL, JENNIFER   January 28, 2013
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
MARTIN, DAVID B  January 28, 2013
FREELAND, WA  
Comments:
A Cabezon size limit does not make sense - NO FOR THIS PROPOSAL - Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
PHILLIPS, RICHARD V  January 28, 2013
ENUMCLAW, WA  
Comments:
I have fished Neah Bay for over 20 years both "inside" and "outside". Cabezon is an incidentally caught fish. This rule proposal is a ridiculous suggestion. No one targets Cabezon. Thank you.
FRENCH, RICHARD E  January 28, 2013
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
NO. No one targets Cabezon. These are by catch fish.
WISNER, LEEROY   January 28, 2013
CHEHALIS, WA  
Comments:
No - Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.
FRIEND, STEPHEN   January 28, 2013
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I disagree with this proposal. I believe it is not warranted.
TOBECK, ROBERT   January 28, 2013
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
LOFTEN, CRAIG A  January 28, 2013
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are crustacean eaters and never will be a targeted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
SORENSEN, GARY C  January 28, 2013
ARLINGTON, WA  
Comments:
I disagree with this proposal
BODINE, GARY A  January 28, 2013
BUCKLEY, WA  
Comments:
This may be a good idea for Puget Sound, but area 4 is managed as an ocean fishery and Cabezon are abundant there, both inside the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in the ocean. Marine area 4 (both inside and in the ocean) should NOT have a size limit imposed on Cabezon. I do not believe there is any science to show that Cabezon numbers in area 4, both inside and in the ocean need any protection by imposing a size limit!
NAMES, THOMAS E  January 28, 2013
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
#65 Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation
SILVERS, MIKE G  January 28, 2013
LACEY, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
SCHMITT, JOSEPH L  January 28, 2013
JOYCE, WA  
Comments:
I think they should not be retained period. Poor quality and not on my dinner plate or frankly anyone of the avid anglers i know
ELLIOTT, TOM J  January 28, 2013
MARYSVILE , WA  
Comments:
No- The population is high. This is just a way to limit other fishing ( salmon and rockfish) by claiming a problem where none exist.
HOWARD, JAMES D  January 28, 2013
LYNNWOOD, WA  
Comments:
As it is written, this does not make sense because you have included marine area 4 which is ocean. Cabezon in area 4 are in good shape as we catch them all the time fishing out of Neah Bay. Been fishing that area for 20 years and have not seen any reduction in size or numbers. Neah Bay is a very special place for recreational fisherman because we can safely fish out of small craft for cabezon. Placing size restrictions will simply reduce safe access the resource and cause economic hardship to the community of Neah Bay. Sincerely, Jim Howard
AUMAN, DAVID W  January 28, 2013
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
BROWN, TOM C  January 28, 2013
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
No, size limit on Cabezon is not a good idea as they are plentiful in this area and they are a crustacean feeder so are really mor of a bicatch as far as sport fishing is concerned as they do not often bite on bait or lures.
TENNEY, APRIL   January 28, 2013
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targeted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
PETERSON, ERIC   January 28, 2013
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a continued push to shut down Neah Bay little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch.
GETTER, DALE E  January 28, 2013
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
#65 Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
BUCKLIN, LAURENCE A  January 28, 2013
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA  
Comments:
No! First, there is no data which supports that cabezon numbers are headed downward in the marine areas included. Furthermore, cabezon are known to inhabit waters to 250 feet in depth and since bottomfishing is already closed beyond 120 feet with Puget Sound there is already a significant amount of cabezon habit having been "protected." Sexually mature females can produce 49,000-98,000 eggs per spawning and can spawn up to twice per year (Love 1996) and a female is sexually mature at age 3 and a length of approximately 17 1/2 inches; males at age 2 and at 13.5 inches. Second, adult cabezon eat mainly crabs but also abalone, chitons, and octopi (Love 1996) so are not targeted nor commonly harvested by recreational fishermen making this proposal unnecessary. Staff should provide actual population and harvest data by marine areas as well as trends and their recommendations for review and comment.
MITCHELL, DAVID   January 28, 2013
SILVERDALE, WA  
Comments:
NO- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
REESE, DAVID M  January 28, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
HIMMELBERGER, TIM F  January 28, 2013
SNOQUALMIE, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are crustacean eaters and never will be a targeted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
HAGLER, STEVE L  January 28, 2013
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
No I do not support the change in size limit on Cabezon they are doing very well in these areas and are not targeted by sportfishermen like other species as they are not attracted to common lures used for other fish.
DELINSKY, MICHAEL   January 28, 2013
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
#65 Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
TOWNLEY, BRYAN   January 28, 2013
NORTH BEND, WA  
Comments:
Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are crustacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
FANTZ, TERESA L  January 29, 2013
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
Cabezon size limit- No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
ROSS, CHRISTOPHER G  January 29, 2013
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are custacean eaters and never will be a targetted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data showing 20-30 rockfish per Lingcod/Cabezon does not work for this situation.
THOMSON, WILLIAM G  January 29, 2013
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
No, Cabezon are an ooccasional catch and do not require size limits.
BURLINGAME, TOM AND DORA   January 29, 2013
MONROE, WA  
Comments:
We oppose this rule change because it is unnecessary. Cabezon are very rarely a targeted fish. Populations are still healthy in the area. It seems to be just another step to try to discourage anglers from visiting Neah Bay. In turn, having a negative effect on the local economy, which in turn has a negative effect on the state's economy and WDFW's bottom line.
CARTER, MICHAEL   January 29, 2013
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
Yes on #65 minimum size of 18 inches is ok
HERRETT, MERLE E  January 29, 2013
LYNDEN, WA  
Comments:
No. Cabazon are not usually a targeted species. Occasionally one is caught, but their are plenty of them around
REINHARDT, NORM   January 29, 2013
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
Place no size limit on cabezon. This is a underutilized fishery
BRACKMANN, KARL H  January 29, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Remove Area 4 from the size limit proposal. There are a lot of cabezon in this area and the limit is not warranted. Since cabezon are crustacean eaters, they are not targeted as fish by recreational fishermen. They are an occasional by-catch. Do not use rockfish data for cabezon.
ROPER, MAURY   January 29, 2013
SPANAWAY, WA  
Comments:
No- Marine area 4 has a lot of cabezon yet. Remove area 4 from size limit. Seems to be a push to shut down Neah Bay again little by little. Cabezon are a by-catch fish as they are crustacean eaters and never will be a targeted fish as they do not commonly bite fishing lures. They are an occasional catch. Data cannot be used to show 20-30 rockfish caught for each lingcod/cabezon.
SHEEHAN, JOHN   January 29, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
No on Size limit in Area 4
BYKONEN, DON   January 29, 2013
SUMNER, WA  
Comments:
NNo change!

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