Data Show Much Higher Historical Catches for Yelloweye Rockfish

On January 10 and 11, the Fisheries Ecology Division at Santa Cruz received a visit from Farron Wallace of the Washington Department of Fisheries. A re-assessment of yelloweye rockfish has been requested by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Data supporting estimates of early (since 1930) historical landings exist at the Santa Cruz facility both on databases and on microfiche. With support from Don Pearson and Alec MacCall, Farron Wallace used these sources to revise the assumed yelloweye rockfish catch history, and concluded that early historical catches were many times larger than was previously assumed. (January 12, 2006)