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§ 150.16. Commercial Take of Nearshore Fishes and Federal Groundfish.

14 CA ADC § 150.16Barclays Official California Code of RegulationsEffective: February 12, 2024

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 14. Natural Resources
Division 1. Fish and Game Commission--Department of Fish and Game (Refs & Annos)
Subdivision 1. Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 6. Fish, Commercial
Effective: February 12, 2024
14 CCR § 150.16
§ 150.16. Commercial Take of Nearshore Fishes and Federal Groundfish.
(a) Notwithstanding Section 8588(b) of the Fish and Game Code, minimum size limits (total length) are as follows:
(1)
black-and-yellow rockfish (
Sebastes chrysomelas
)
 
 
10 in.
(2)
cabezon (
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
)
 
 
15 in.
(3)
California scorpionfish or sculpin (
Scorpaena guttata
)
 
 
10 in.
(4)
California sheephead (
Bodianus pulcher
)
 
 
13 in.
(5)
China rockfish (
Sebastes nebulosus
)
 
 
12 in.
(6)
gopher rockfish (
Sebastes carnatus
)
 
 
10 in.
(7)
grass rockfish (
Sebastes rastrelliger
)
 
 
12 in.
(8)
greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos (
Hexagrammos
spp.)
 
 
12 in.
(9)
kelp rockfish (
Sebastes atrovirens
)
 
 
10 in.
(b) Species of nearshore fish stocks as defined in Section 1.90, Title 14, CCR, must be sorted by species prior to weighing and the weight reported separately on the electronic fish ticket.
(c) Any nearshore fish listed under this section that are taken in a nearshore fishery shall be measured immediately upon being brought aboard the vessel and released immediately if not in compliance with the size limits specified.
(d) Regulations adopted to modify the minimum size limits or to specify maximum size limits shall be based on the best available scientific information and adopted pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act following public notice and not less than one public hearing.
(e) Cumulative trip limits for California sheephead, greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos, or federal groundfish.
(1) A cumulative trip limit is the total number of pounds of a species or a species group that may be taken and retained, possessed, or landed in a defined cumulative trip limit period without a limit on the number of landings or trips.
(2) Cumulative trip limit periods start at 0001 hours local time, end at 2400 hours local time, and are in two month periods as follows:
(A) January 1 through the last day of February,
(B) March 1-April 30,
(C) May 1-June 30,
(D) July 1-August 31,
(E) September 1-October 31,
(F) November 1-December 31.
(3) Landings toward a cumulative trip limit value for a defined cumulative trip limit period provided in this subsection are summed as follows:
(A) Cumulative trip limit values per fishing period for shallow nearshore rockfish, deeper nearshore rockfish, cabezon, and California scorpionfish apply to each individual nearshore permittee's California commercial licensee in addition to vessel-based limits. Landings are summed by an individual nearshore permittee's California commercial license number and vessel registration number which shall be listed on the electronic fish ticket submitted to the department pursuant to Section 8043, Fish and Game Code.
(B) For all other federal groundfish not specified in subsection (e)(3)(A) of this section, landings toward a cumulative trip limit value for a defined cumulative trip limit period are summed by the federally defined vessel-based limits, pursuant to section 189, Title 14 CCR.
(4) Any person landing species for which there is a cumulative trip limit established pursuant to this Section shall keep in their immediate possession copies of any and all reports of landings required by state laws or regulations throughout the cumulative limit period during which a landing occurred and for 15 days thereafter.
(5) Cumulative trip limit tables for federal groundfish, California sheephead, cabezon and greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos in state waters.
(A) Between 42° N latitude and 36° N latitude, the cumulative trip limit per two-month limit period when and where fishing is allowed pursuant to Section 150.06, Title 14, CCR, is as follows:
Jan-Feb
Mar-Apr
May-Jun
Jul-Aug
Sep-Oct
Nov-Dec
Take and possession is only allowed shoreward of the 20-fm boundary line pursuant to section 150.06, Title 14, CCR
1
Cabezon
1,000 lbs / 2 mo
2
California scorpionfish 1
3,500 lbs / 2 mo
3
California sheephead
2,000 lbs / 2 mo
2,400 lbs / 2 mo
4
Greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos
500 lbs / 2 mo
5
Quillback rockfish
Closed
6
All other federal groundfish 2
Closed except as provided in subsection (f)(1) of this section
7
42° N lat. -- 40° 10′ N lat.
8
Black rockfish
7,000 lbs / 2 mo
9
Nearshore rockfish excluding
black rockfish
2,000 lbs / 2 mo, of which no more than 75 lbs may be copper rockfish
10
40° 10′ N lat. -- 36° N lat.
11
Shallow nearshore rockfish
2,000 lbs / 2 mo
12
Deeper nearshore rockfish
2,000 lbs / 2 mo, of which no more than 75 lbs may be copper rockfish
1  The trip limit for this species is specified in federal regulation at 50 CFR 660 Subpart F, which does not grant an additive federal and state trip limit for the species.
2  As defined in section 1.91, Title 14, CCR.
(B) South of 36° N latitude, the cumulative trip limit per two-month limit period is as follows:
Jan-Feb
Mar-Apr
May-Jun
Jul-Aug
Sep-Oct
Nov-Dec
1
Cabezon
1,000 lbs / 2 mo
2
California scorpionfish
3,500 lbs / 2 mo
3
California sheephead
2,000 lbs / 2 mo
2,400 lbs / 2 mo
4
Greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos
500 lbs / 2 mo
5
Quillback rockfish
Closed
6
Shallow nearshore rockfish
2,000 lbs / 2 mo
7
Deeper nearshore rockfish
2,000 lbs / 2 mo, of which no more than 75 lbs may be copper rockfish
8
All other federal groundfish 2
See subsection (f)(2) of this section
1  Trip limits for these species or species groups are specified in federal regulation at 50 CFR 660 Subpart F, which does not grant an additive federal and state trip limit for these species or species groups.
2  As defined in section 1.91, Title 14, CCR.
(C) The department will evaluate year-to-date catch levels against total allowable catch limits defined in Section 52.10 for California sheephead, cabezon and greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos or, for nearshore rockfish as defined in 14 CCR 1.91(a)(1) and California scorpionfish, annual harvest limit or harvest specifications established in regulation by the NOAA Fisheries (National Marine Fisheries Service) in 50 CFR subpart C. Based on these data, when the department determines that cumulative trip limits defined in this Section need significant adjustment upward or downward (by 50 percent or more) in order to spread the allowable catches through the open season to the extent possible and prevent early attainment of the annual total allowable commercial catch, the cumulative trip limits defined in this Section may become inoperative and may be replaced with alternative limits as determined by the department. The department may perform these in-season analyses between May and September of each year; and provide notification of changes by October 15 of each year, as described in subsection (e)(6)(C).
(D) The department shall give nearshore fishery permittees no less than 10 days notice of any cumulative trip limit change pursuant to this Section via a notification letter sent to the permittee's address on file with the department.
(E) When allocations, total allowable catches or other catch limits defined in Section 52.09 or 52.10 are reached, and action to close the fishery is taken pursuant to Section 52.09 subsection (d) or Section 52.10 subsection (b), cumulative trip limits defined in this Section become inoperative.
(f) All other trip limits (including daily, weekly and cumulative trip limits) established for federal groundfish not specified in subsection (e)(5)(A) of this section:
(1) North of 36° N lat. (near Point Lopez, Monterey County), unless specified in subsection (e)(5)(A) of this section, take and possession of federal groundfish within state waters is prohibited, except for:
(A) purposes of continuous transit defined in section 150.06, Title 14 CCR, and
(B) salmon troll allowance for yellowtail rockfish noticed in the Federal Register by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 660, subpart F are extended to apply in state waters.
(2) South of 36° N lat. (near Point Lopez, Monterey County), all other trip limits established for federal groundfish noticed in the Federal Register by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Title 50, CFR, Part 660, subparts D, E, and F are extended to apply in state waters. See also Section 189, Title 14, California Code of Regulations for additional requirements regarding fishing for federal groundfish in state waters. Vessels that fish in both state and federal waters shall not be entitled to additive state and federal trip limits.
(g) Crossover provisions established for federal groundfish noticed in the Federal Register by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Title 50, CFR, Part 660.60 are extended to apply in state waters.
(h) A vessel and/or individual that is subject to trip limits shall not exceed any trip limit for nearshore fish stocks or federal groundfish during any cumulative trip limit period.

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Note: Authority cited: Sections 702, 7071, 8587.1 and 8588, Fish and Game Code. Reference: Sections 1802, 8585.5, 8586, 8587, 8587.1 and 8588, Fish and Game Code.
History
1. New section filed 3-5-2001; operative 3-5-2001 pursuant to Fish and Game Code sections 202 and 215 (Register 2001, No. 10).
2. New subsection (e) filed 8-23-2001 as an emergency; operative 9-1-2001 (Register 2001, No. 34). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 12-31-2001 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
3. New subsection (f) and amendment of Note filed 9-18-2001 as an emergency; operative 9-18-2001 (Register 2001, No. 38). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 1-16-2002 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
4. New subsection (g) filed 11-8-2001 as an emergency; operative 11-8-2001 (Register 2001, No. 45). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 3-8-2002 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
5. Repealer of subsections (e)-(g) and new subsections (e)-(e)(6)(C) filed 12-30-2002 as an emergency; operative 1-1-2003 (Register 2003, No. 1). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 5-1-2003 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
6. Repealer of subsections (a) and (b) and subsection relettering filed 12-30-2002; operative 1-1-2003 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2003, No. 1).
7. Amendment of subsection (b), new subsections (c) and (d) and subsection relettering filed 1-9-2003; operative 2-8-2003 (Register 2003, No. 2).
8. Reinstatement of section as it existed prior to 12-30-2002 order by operation of Government Code section 11346.1(f) (Register 2003, No. 45).
9. Repealer of subsections (e)-(g) and new subsections (e)-(f) filed 11-7-2003; operative 12-7-2003 (Register 2003, No. 45).
10. Amendment of subsection (e)(6)(A) filed 3-1-2005; operative 3-31-2005 (Register 2005, No. 9).
11. Amendment of subsections (e)(6)(A) and (e)(6)(D) and Note filed 6-9-2011; operative 6-9-2011 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2011, No. 23).
12. Amendment of subsection (e)(6)(A) filed 4-5-2012; operative 5-1-2012 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(c) (Register 2012, No. 14).
13. Amendment of subsections (e)(6)(A) and (e)(6)(C) filed 1-2-2019; operative 1-2-2019 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(4)(B) (Register 2019, No. 1).
14. Amendment of subsection (e)(6)(A) and Note filed 12-28-2020; operative 1-1-2021 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(4)(A)-(B) (Register 2021, No. 1).
15. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (a)(4) filed 10-19-2023 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2023, No. 42).
16. Amendment of section heading and section filed 2-12-2024 as an emergency; operative 2-12-2024 (Register 2024, No. 7). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 8-12-2024 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
This database is current through 5/17/24 Register 2024, No. 20.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 14, § 150.16, 14 CA ADC § 150.16
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