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New requirements from the California Fish and Game Commission for recreational daily bag limit for filleting tuna on vessels went into effect last Thursday, according to a Department of Fish and Wildlife press release.
This limit is now two and applies to all bluefin tuna possessed, regardless of where they are taken in California waters.
Filleting on any boat or bringing ashore any fish fillets is prohibited except in accordance with the Fish and Game requirements.
For any species of tuna filleted at sea or brought ashore filleted south of a line running due west true from Point Conception, Santa Barbara County, each fish must be individually bagged as follows:
“The bag must be marked with the species’ common name and the fish must be cut into six pieces with all skin attached,” the release stated. “These pieces include the four loins, the collar removed as one piece with both pectoral fins attached and intact, and the belly fillet to include the vent and with both pelvic fins attached and intact. Tunas may also be kept whole or in a manner that retains these identifying characteristics so that the CDFW can accurately identify different species.”
The new regulations were implemented as a response to concerns over the population decline of Pacific bluefin tuna due to the spawning biomass being at an historic low, the release stated.
The new bag limit and fillet requirements were developed through the combined efforts of agencies, scientists, conservation interests, the sport fishing industry and the public.
For more information about Pacific bluefin tuna recreational fishing regulations, please visit the CDFW Marine Region website at www.dfg.ca.gov.