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Public Hearing & Public Comments
The public provided testimony on the proposed change during the commission’s June 7-8 meeting in Olympia. In addition, written testimony was accepted through May 30, 2013.

  • Written Comments (202 comments)
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  • Public Hearing (6 comments)
    All comments opposed proposal.
  • Extended Rulemaking Commission Action:
    Commission retained the current season regulation. The final rules adopted for cabezon were:
    • Marine Area 4, one fish daily limit with a minimum length of 18 inches and a year-round season.
    • Marine Areas 5 through 11 and 13, one fish daily limit with a minimum length of 18 inches and a May 1 through November 30 season.

Cabezon Extended Rulemaking Process

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to retain the current fishing season for cabezon in Puget Sound during their June 7, 2013, meeting in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), had an extended rulemaking process to decide whether to limit the fishing season for cabezon by several months.

Instead of adopting the proposed change, the commission kept in place the current season and deferred further action to determine the effect of other fishing restrictions adopted in recent years, including two measures in March. Currently anglers can fish for cabezon in Marine Area 4 year-round and in marine areas 5-11 and 13 from May 1 through Nov. 30.

Measures adopted earlier this year include reducing the daily catch limit of cabezon to one fish and prohibiting the retention of cabezon measuring less than 18 inches in length in those marine areas. Please click here to see measures adopted earlier this year as part of the Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014.

Cabezon are bottomfish that inhabit rocky areas of Puget Sound, where the population is at low but stable numbers. The fish can measure up to 30-inches in length and weigh up to 25 pounds.


Photo by Peter Sergeeff