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Fish and Game Commission

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's

actions, log on the A Department of Fish and Game news release can be

found at