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Old 01-10-2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Post southern area 2006 regs

Any updates to this region will be posted as a reply in this thread below

Southern Management Area: Point Conception to the Mexico Border

(Includes a portion of Santa Barbara County, and all of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties)

What?s Open:

Rockfish

Note - The Department of Fish and Game is proposing regulation changes that may alter the seasonal structure and depth limits for all federally managed groundfish and associated state managed species. Check this site, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801, send an email to [email protected], or call the nearest DFG office for the latest information.

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish in combination of all species within the RCG Complex (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings) per person, with a sub-limit on bocaccio (1 per person, minimum size limit of 10 inches total length, also included in the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit). Yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish and cowcod may not be retained (bag limit: zero).

The recreational fishery for rockfish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Note - the recreational fisheries for rockfish and associated species* may close early if the annual harvest guidelines for any one specie or species group is met prior to the end of the year.

Cabezon

The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 15 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for cabezon is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 1 fish within the 10 fish RCG Complex aggregate limit (includes all species of Rockfish, Cabezon and Greenlings), with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

California Sheephead

The recreational fishery for California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 12 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for sheephead is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

California Scorpionfish (a.k.a. sculpin)

The recreational fishery for California scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) is is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish with a minimum size limit of 10 inches total length.

The recreational fishery for scorpionfish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through September 30, 2006, reopening on October 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Ocean Whitefish

The recreational fishery for ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps) is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 fish with no minimum size limit

The recreational fishery for whitefish is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is open year-round to divers** and shore-based anglers. Refer to the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for size limits, bag limits and other regulations pertaining to these species.

The recreational fishery for these species is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

** Except for spearfishing gear, all other types of fishing gear are prohibited to be aboard a vessel or non-motorized watercraft while spearfishing for the purpose of retaining federal groundfish and associated state managed species during a seasonal closure.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside San Diego, Mission, Newport and Alamitos Bays is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

White Seabass

The recreational fishery for white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis) remains open year round. The daily bag and possession limit is three fish except that only one fish may be taken in waters south of Point Conception between March 15 and June 15. The minimum size limit is 28 inches total length or 20 ? inches alternate length.

California Grunion

The recreational fishery for California grunion (Leuresthes tenuis) is open from June 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006.

Surfperch

The recreational fishery for surfperch (family Embiotocidae) remains open all year. The daily bag and possession limit is 5 fish in combination of all species except shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata) , which have a separate bag limit of 20 fish.

Spiny Lobster

The recreational fishery for spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is open from October 1, 2005, through March 22, 2006. The following regulations apply:

Lobsters may only be taken by hoop net or by hand. Divers may not possess any hooked device while diving or attempting to dive for lobsters
Minimum size limit: 3 ? inches measured in a straight line on the midline of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell. Click here to view a lobster measurement diagram
Any lobster may be brought to the surface of the water for the purpose of measuring, but no undersize lobster may be brought aboard any boat, placed in any type of receiver, kept on the person or retained in any person?s possession or under his direct control; all lobsters shall be measured immediately upon being brought to the surface of the water, and any undersize lobster shall be released immediately into the water.
Daily bag and possession limit is 7 lobsters
All persons while taking lobsters shall carry a device which is capable of accurately measuring the minimum legal size
Not more than 5 baited hoop nets may be fished by a person, not to exceed a total of 10 baited hoop nets fished from any vessel
Lobsters must be kept whole - it is illegal to possess on any boat or to bring ashore a lobster in such a condition that its size cannot be determined
See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for complete information on spiny lobster.

Other Species

There are no depth restrictions on the take of other species, including California halibut, sanddabs, yellowtail, tunas, kelp bass, barred and spotted sand bass, California corbina, striped bass, monkeyfaced eels, and California barracuda. See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for the complete regulations, including regulations for species not covered here.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.

What?s Closed:

Rockfish

The recreational fishery for rockfish (Sebastes sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

Cabezon

The recreational fishery for cabezon (Scorpaenichthyes marmoratus) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

Kelp Greenling and Rock Greenling

The recreational fishery for kelp and rock greenlings (Hexagrammos sp.) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

Lingcod

The recreational fishery for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) is closed in all waters, at all depths and to all methods of take through March 31, 2006.
The daily bag and possession limit is 2 fish with a minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

The fishery will open to boat-based anglers, divers and shore-based anglers on April 1, 2006.

California Sheephead

The recreational fishery for California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

California Scorpionfish (a.k.a. sculpin)

The recreational fishery for California scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through September 30, 2006, reopening on October 1, 2006.

Ocean Whitefish

The recreational fishery for ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps) is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

All Other Federally Managed Groundfish and Associated State-Managed Species*

The recreational fisheries for all other federally managed groundfish and associated species* is closed to boat-based anglers from January 1 through February 28, 2006, reopening on March 1, 2006.

Exceptions:

The recreational fisheries for sanddabs, butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, rex sole, rock sole, sand sole, and starry flounder, using gear specified for sanddabs in federal and state regulations, are exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

The recreational fishery for leopard shark inside San Diego, Mission, Newport and Alamitos Bays is exempt from fishery restrictions that pertain to other federally managed groundfish.

Ocean Salmon

The sport fishery for ocean salmon from Pigeon Point (San Mateo county) to the U.S./Mexico Border is closed as of September 26, 2005. The 2006 ocean salmon season will be decided in April by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the California Fish and Game Commission.

Abalone

The recreational fishery for abalone (Haliotis sp.) is closed year-round south of the mouth of San Francisco Bay.

For complete regulation information, see the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

* Associated species include all species of rockfish (including thornyheads), lingcod, cabezon, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, California sheephead, California scorpionfish, ocean whitefish and other federally managed groundfish.

** These fish may be possessed in waters deeper than specified only aboard vessels in transit with no fishing gear in the water.

Cowcod Conservation Areas

Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings (RCG Complex), lingcod, California sheephead, ocean whitefish, California scorpionfish and all other federal groundfish and associated state-managed species* may not be taken or possessed by boat-based anglers or divers within the Cowcod Conservation Areas (CCAs) in waters greater than 120 feet (20 fathoms) deep at any time. Seasonal closures that prohibit the taking of these species in waters outside of the CCAs apply within the CCAs as well.

Currently, the following regulations apply:

Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings (RCG Complex), lingcod, California sheephead, ocean whitefish, and all other federal groundfish may only be taken or possessed by boat-based anglers in waters less than 120 feet (20 fathoms) deep within the CCAs from April 16 through December 31, 2005.

Lingcod may only be taken or possessed in waters less than 120 feet (20 fathoms) deep within the CCAs from April 16 through November 30, 2005.

California scorpionfish may only be taken or possessed by boat-based anglers in waters less than 120 feet (20 fathoms) deep within the CCAs from October 1 through December 31, 2006. Divers may take California scorpionfish within CCAs year-round in waters less than 120 feet (20 fathoms) deep.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Thanks for taking the time to post the regs up for everyone Mark!
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Old 03-09-2006, 04:46 PM   #3
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Public Health Advisories On Sport Fish Consumption for Southern California

Locations between Point Dume and Dana Point

Note: Additional site-specific advisory information can be found on the OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) Web Site.

Twenty-four locations in southern California have been tested for toxic chemicals. Because of DDTs and PCBs, advisories have been issued for the locations listed in the table below. These recommendations are provided for limiting consumption of sport fish caught between Point Dume and Dana Point.

Site Fish Species Recommendation*

Point Dume/
Malibu off shore; White croaker Do not consume

Malibu Pier; Queenfish One meal a month

Short Bank; White croaker One meal every two weeks

Redondo Pier; Corbina One meal every two weeks

Point Vicente Palos Verdes-
Northwest; White croaker Do not consume

White's Point; White croaker Do not consume
Sculpin One meal every two weeks+
Rockfishes One meal every two weeks+
Kelp bass One meal every two weeks+

Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors
(especially Cabrillo Pier); White croaker Do not consume
Queenfish One meal every two weeks+
Black croaker One meal every two weeks+
Surfperches One meal every two weeks+

Los Angeles/Long Beach Breakwater
(ocean side); White croaker One meal a month+
Queenfish One meal a month+
Surfperches One meal a month+
Black Croaker One meal a month+

Belmont Pier
Pier J; Surfperches One meal every two weeks

Horseshoe Kelp; Sculpin One meal a month+
White croaker One meal a month+

Newport Pier; Corbina One meal every two weeks

* In this table a meal for a 150-pound adult is about six ounces.
+ Consumption recommendation is for all listed species combined at the particular site.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:03 PM   #4
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update:

Southern Management Area: (34? 27? north latitude to the Mexico border):
? Rockfish, cabezon, greenlings (RCG Complex), other federal groundfish (other than lingcod), California sheephead, ocean whitefish and California scorpionfish: Open to boat-based anglers from March 1 through Dec. 31 in waters from 0 to 60 fathoms (0 to 360 feet).

? Lingcod: Open to boat-based anglers from April 1 through Nov. 30 in waters from 0 to 60 fathoms (0 to 360 feet).

The species listed above are open to divers and shore-based anglers year-round in all areas of the state, except for lingcod which is open from April 1 through Nov. 30.
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What?s Closed:

Lingcod

The recreational fishery for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) is closed to boat-based anglers, shore-based anglers and divers as of December 1, 2006.
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I was hoping to see that like the other fish, Lingcod were open to divers during this time. Probably why those suckers been swimmin right up to me: they know I can't shoot 'em.
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Spiny Lobster

The recreational fishery for spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is open from Saturday September 30, 2006 through Wednesday March 21, 2007, closing on March 22, 2007.
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