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2 West Coast Groundfish Species on the Rebound

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June 21, 2017
Category:   Fishing News

It is always good to see a species recover from being over fished.

2 west coast species of groundfish, the Bocaccio and darkblotched Rockfish, have recovered from severe overfishing through successful fishing restrictions and legislation. Bocaccio and darkblotted Rockfish were declared overfished in 1999 and 2000, respectively. The Pacific Fishery Management Council along with NOAA devised a rebuild plan to restore the fish populations.

Through a combination of reduced commercial fishing limits, and strategic limitations to prevent bi-catch, both species have made a recovery. The council says that limits will be raised for the 2019 fishing season to allow fishermen to keep more Bocaccio and darkblotched Rockfish now that they are back to a sustainable level.


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