California Collaborative Fisheries Research Project (CCFRP)

California’s coastline includes a network of 119 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), encompassing 16% of state waters. Since 2007, the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Project (CCFRP) has actively monitored central California’s MPAs. The CCFRP is a collaborative effort among the local fishing community, universities and citizen scientists. The hook-and-line fishing is conducted by citizen scientists who volunteer their time to fish aboard chartered recreational fishing vessels. The CCFRP is predominantly a catch and release program, and monitors sites both within the MPAs and and at adjacent areas open to fishing. The data collected on catch rates, species presence and lengths allows us to better understand how fish populations are changing within the MPAs. As of 2017, the number of MPAs monitored increased from four to 14 and now includes sampling of otoliths to better understand the age and growth of West Coast rockfishes and fin clips for genetic sampling. All of the data collected by CCFRP are important for fisheries stock assessments, as we know very little about some of the nearshore rockfishes.

The SWFSC FED Groundfish Analysis Team is partnering with the CCFRP to increase the scientific collection of life history data for stock assessors along the West Coast. The CCFRP provides a platform to collect fishery-independent data on maturity, fecundity, age and growth of many nearshore rockfishes. The catch data is also being analyzed as a fishery-independent index of relative abundance for use in future stock assessments.

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Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Groundfish Analysis Team

Volunteer and scientist with vermilion rockfish

Volunteer angler Willie T. and lead field scientist Jen C. with his bold and vibrant Vermilion Rockfish (Sebastes miniatus) caught and released in the Ano Nuevo MPA aboard the F/V Tigerfish.

Volunteer and coordinator with treefish

Volunteer angler Eddie G. and Volunteer Coordinator Ryan F. and our only Treefish (Sebastes serriceps) of the day (caught and released in the Point Lobos MPA) aboard the F/V Caroline.

Rosy rockfish

One of 59 Rosy Rockfish (Sebastes rosaceus) caught aboard the F/V Tigerfish during the first fishing trip to the Southeast Farallon Islands in 2017.

Last modified: 10/3/2017