Posted by DFG on April 06, 2005 at 16:39:19:
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced changes to the 2005 recreational groundfish season, which provides expanded opportunities to anglers in state waters. At the request of the Fish and Game Commission, DFG Director Ryan Broddrick approved modifying the recreational groundfish fishing season for 2005.
The in-season adjustments follow the receipt of new data from the California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS), which was implemented in 2004 to provide more timely and accurate estimates of recreational catch and effort in ocean waters. CRFS data are available on a monthly basis to help manage California’s recreational fisheries.
"The California Recreational Fisheries Survey is the best scientific method available for evaluating all forms of recreational ocean fishing," said Broddrick. "To the extent that these data support additional fishing opportunities, the Department will make those opportunities available."
Broddrick cautioned, however, that fishing opportunities could be restricted in the future if new CRFS data show that species are being caught at levels greater than allowed. The changes to the recreational groundfish seasons and depths by area are as follows:
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