November 14, 2003
Contact: Robert R. Treanor, Executive Director
Fish and Game Commission (916) 653-4899
California Fish and Game Commission Schedules Emergency Teleconference Call
The California Fish and Game Commission has scheduled an emergency teleconference call
for 2 p.m. , Tuesday, Nov.18 to consider conforming California's 2003 sport fishing regulations
with the recently amended federal recreational groundfish rules scheduled to take effect on
Nov. 21, 2003.
The Commission will also consider closing the recreational fishery for ocean whitefish through
the end of the year. This action is needed to help avoid the incidental take and discard (dead)
of over-fished rockfish species should anglers attempt to specifically target ocean whitefish
during the rockfish closures.
Tuesday's teleconference call will originate from the 13th Floor Conference Room, Room
1320, in the Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento. Commission President Michael
Flores will be at the Sacramento location. Commissioners Mike Chrisman, Sam Schuchat, Jim
Kellogg and Bob Hattoy will be at their respective offices.
The statewide federal closures were adopted on Nov. 5 by the Pacific Fishery Management
Council (PFMC). The PFMC's actions prohibit recreational and commercial fishing for
groundfish in most waters off of California's coastline. For detailed information on the PFMC'sactions, log on the www.pcouncil.org. A Department of Fish and Game news release can be
found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/news03/03107.html.