Progress on Black Sea Bass

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Posted by Jim on January 04, 2011 at 08:37:22:

My nephew recently completed a open water certification at Catalina Island. He related how exciting and how much fun he had. He then told me of his encounter with black sea bass during the dive. I was astounded and pleased at the news.

I had hundreds of dives during between 1984 and 2002 in Southern California, mostly around the northern Channel Islands. It was not until a trip to Anacapa a few years ago that I saw black sea bass. He saw in a few dives what took me 25 years to see. I understand that these types of encounters are now becoming quite common.

I recall the ban the gillnet debate back in the 80s and 90s when proponents claimed doing so would make the population of black sea bass rebound. Others have attributed it to the decline in spearfishing. Still others have attributed it to the decline of the commercial fishing industry in general. Is there any definitive study that charts the recovery of this species?

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