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Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW728962

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW728962
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Fishing Closure Areas: (TDB based on bottomfish habitat and/or census data, and enforceability)
Why the change is needed:
Due to rockfish life history and ecology conventional fishing management tools alone, including season and gear restrictions, are insufficient to protect rockfish from overharvest. Marine Protected Areas are identified as fundamental but as yet unrealized tools in WDFW’s Groundfish Management Policy (1998), in the Draft Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan (2010), and in Fish and Wildlife Commission Policies (1998) on marine protection areas. Protecting and restoring fundamental fish communities in Puget Sound requires a commitment to scientifically-rigorous Marine Reserves that protect critical rockfish (and other bottomfish) habitats. We propose a network of Fishing Closure Areas, locations to be determined based on bottomfish habitat and/or census data.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Wild Fish Conservancy Puget Sound Partnership WA Fish and Wildlife Commission People for Puget Sound Washington State Chapter of Sierra Club Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society Coastal Watershed Institute Marine Life Sancutaries Society of British Columbia 10,000 Years Institute The use of Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas to reduce fishery-related impacts to sensitive rockfish species were discussed with representatives from multiple angling and conservation organizations during many Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan Advisory Group meetings.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: GLASGOW, JAMIE  — DUVALL, WA

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW728962

Postpone until science is available to determine appropriate location of areas. DFW is currently soliciting funding to initiate research to identify the appropriate approach to developing Marine Protection Areas including Bottomfish Closure Areas in Puget Sound. The research is intended to determine the number, size and location of areas needed for conservation of bottom fish in Puget Sound.

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