Over the past 50 years the central coast has seen a significant increase in recreational and commercial fishing pressure on rockfish. Our Nations are concerned about the impact these fisheries are having on this important food resource. In response CCIRA launched a rockfish research project in 2013.
Here, we present a summary of results from a recent research paper published by CCIRA’s Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid. For an in-depth look at this research, and how it relates to our rights as indigenous people, take a look at our story about this project.
Key results and potential management actions
Result 1: At sites important to FSC fishers, there were few old and large Quillback rockfish and even fewer old and large Yelloweye rockfish (red snapper)
Additional Actions: Study the impact of commercial fisheries on central coast Rockfish.
(Photo of young yelloweye rockfish by CCIRA Field Technician, Tristan Blaine).