More restrictions possible on California red abalone fishing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California wildlife officials are warning of more possible restrictions on red abalone fishing.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2sSm59w ) that the current limit of 12 abalones per diver may have to drop to 9 in 2018. A complete closure is also possible.
That’s because the invertebrates are showing more signs of trouble caused by a massive kelp die-off. Red abalone feed on kelp and cannot reproduce as easily when facing starvation.
It will eventually be up to the California Fish and Game Commission to decide whether further limits on abalone fishing are warranted.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com