Re: What is the present status of the Garibaldi?????

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on December 03, 2011 at 21:21:49:

In Reply to: What is the present status of the Garibaldi????? posted by Elaine on December 03, 2011 at 20:17:21:

Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus)
Status of the Population:
There has never been any significant sport fishery for garibaldi (Oliphant et al. 1990).
During the 1990s a commercial aquarium trade developed for juvenile garibaldi. At its
peak, over 800 pounds were recorded. Although not substantial in terms of weight,
because the fish were juveniles, these landings represented a large number of
individuals. Since most of this take focused on one area, Catalina Island, there was
concern for local depletion. In 1995 the California Legislature designated the
Garibaldi as the Official State Marine Fish and banned any further commercial take.
Garibaldi populations have rebounded from the local effects of commercial take and
are in good condition throughout their range in southern California.
Home Range/Migratory Patterns:
Garibaldi range from Monterey Bay to Guadalupe Island, Baja California. In California
they are rare above Point Conception, but larvae and juveniles are transported to the
north during El Niņo events. They are very territorial on rocky reefs, ranging from
shallow sub-tidal to a depth of 95 feet (Love, 1991). Males build and defend nests,
attending the eggs until they hatch. An individual may utilize the same nest site for
many years.
Current Regulations:
No commercial or recreational take is allowed.

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