Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCA)
Rockfishes (genus Sebastes) are among the most important commercial and recreational fisheries along the California coast. Due to overfishing of several key species (including yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and cowcod) fishery management agencies enacted fishing limits. In 2002, the Pacific Fishery Management Council implemented Rockfish Conservation Areas, which prohibit take of rockfishes across large swaths of the Pacific Coast.
Ten years later, The Nature Conservancy and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories are partnering with MARE to help model the distribution, abundance, and sizes of groundfish stocks. This fine-scale spacial information will inform fisheries by-catch avoidance plans and determine if there are areas that can be re-opened to fishing where healthy stocks can be caught with minimal impact on vulnerable species.
Read more about this project: National Geographic Ocean Views