NOAA lists three distinct population segments of rockfish
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 / Docket No. 080229341–0108–03 / RIN 0648–XF89
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Threatened Status for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin Distinct Population Segments of Yelloweye and Canary Rockfish and Endangered Status for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin Distinct Population Segment of Bocaccio Rockfish
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We, the NMFS, issue a final determination to list the Puget Sound / Georgia Basin Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) and canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) as threatened, and bocaccio rockfish (Sebastes paucispinis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We intend to propose protective regulations for yelloweye and canary rockfish under ESA section 4(d) and critical habitat for all three species in separate rulemakings, and will solicit public comments for these rulemakings separately. DATES: This final rule is effective on July 27, 2010.
The primary factors responsible for the decline of the three DPSs of rockfishes are overutilization for commercial and recreational purposes, habitat degradation, water quality problems including low dissolved oxygen and elevated contaminant levels, and inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms. Photo of Yelloweye Rockfish from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife