California Department of Fish and Game - Office of Communications
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04:115 Dec. 22, 2004
Contact(s): Ed Roberts, Marine Biologist, (562) 342-7199
Carrie Wilson, Associate Marine Biologist, (831) 649-7191
California’s 2005 Ocean Groundfish Regulations Available Online;
New Telephone Information System Operational in January
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is announcing the availability of the 2005 ocean sport fishing regulations for groundfish on the Internet at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd
Following action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the Fish and Game Commission, five recreational fishing management areas for groundfish have been established along the California coast. Each area is governed by a different set of groundfish regulations tailored to meet regional needs. The new areas and regulations are set to go into effect on Jan 1, 2005. The five areas, and seasons for boat-based anglers, are:
• The Northern Management Area - California/Oregon border to Cape Mendocino. Open: July-October. Closed: January-June, and November-December.
• The North-Central Management Area - Cape Mendocino to Pigeon Point. Open: July-November. Closed: January-June, and December.
• The Monterey South-Central Management Area - Pigeon Point to Lopez Point. Open: July-November. Closed: January-June, and December.
• The Morro Bay South-Central Management Area - Lopez Point to Point Conception. Open: May-September. Closed: January-April, and October-December.
• The Southern Management Area - Point Conception to the U.S./Mexico border. Open: March-September. Closed: January-February, and October-December.
As in 2004, divers and shore-based anglers will be exempt from most restrictions affecting groundfish in 2005. Important exceptions exist for lingcod and California scorpionfish. For a summary of regulations for each area, go to the DFG Marine Region Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/bfregs2005.html
or contact your local DFG office.
To help California’s saltwater anglers keep up with the latest sportfishing regulations, DFG is also expanding its automated telephone information system in January. The expanded system, available at (831) 649-2801, will provide saltwater regulation information by area, including fishing seasons, fishing depth limits, bag limits, and gear restrictions.
The recreational fisheries affected by groundfish regulation changes in 2005 include those for rockfish, cabezon, kelp greenling, California scorpionfish, lingcod, some flatfish, some sharks, and other federally managed groundfish species. As in the past the state will manage ocean whitefish, California sheephead and rock greenling to be consistent with the federal regulations. For the full list of species managed as groundfish, check the Marine Region Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/groundfish_fedlist.html
. For more information, send an email to AskMarine@dfg.ca.gov
, or check the PFMC Web site at www.pcouncil.org
Up-to-date fishing regulations may also be found online at DFG’s California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/fishing_map.html
. Complete groundfish regulations, and all updated regulations for 2005, will be published in next year’s Ocean Sport Fishing Regulation booklet. The new regulation booklet will be posted to the DFG Marine Region Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd
in early January. Paper copies of the 2005 booklet are scheduled to be distributed to license vendors by late January.