Recreational Abalone Fishery to be Closed in 2018

December 9, 2017 13:00 pm · 24 comments

Folks who love diving for abalone, not to mention eating it, are in for a disappointment in 2018. There will be no recreational abalone season next year in Northern California, state officials said today.

Members of the California Fish and Game Commission voted 4-0 Thursday to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery.

There are five members of the commission, but one member, Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin, was absent.

The commission took the action to protect abalone from unprecedented environmental conditions that have significantly affected the popular mollusk, according to a statement issued today. Hundreds of thousands of abalone are dead or starving because of warming oceans and a drastic reduction in kelp.

The commission directed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to work with people affected by the decision to create a plan to handle the unprecedented environmental conditions. The plan also should help figure out how to provide at least some abalone fishing in 2019, the commission said.

Kirkwood December 9, 2017 at 1:25 PM

Not to mention to the huge amount abalone poaching by mostly foreign nationals living in this country, who sell their catch to ethnic restaurants.

TIFOKCIS December 9, 2017 at 3:46 PM

We do not agree on much. But you nailed that one.

Indifferent Difference December 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Sooooo if the proof is in the pudding where is the proof? Put the proof where your mouth is!

Kirkwood December 10, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Some of these poachers are caught and you read about it, also Park Rangers check the catches of fishermen leaving the beaches.

John December 9, 2017 at 2:53 PM

I’m glad we have a federal government which recognizes the problem of climate change and has implemented policies to address the problem.

Oh wait.

foothillsguy December 10, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Nothing to do with global warming, it’s all about the poaching.

smella rodent December 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Can we assume that the CA Fish & Game aka Fish & Wildlife is still being run by someone that has also been trying to shut down hunting in the state?
There are way too many UC Davis biologists working for them that could care less about the hunting/fishing past times.
All this is done under the guise of protecting something or some critter…..example: spotted owl, condor, and the list will continue.

TIFOKCIS December 9, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Put on your guilt hat and do not remove it!

You and your addiction to fossil fuel is causing this, oh and get those CA cow farts contained right NOW (or drive the ranchers to a less regulated state).

Better yet force everything out of CA to another country with ZERO regulations.

Silva December 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Went to Bodega bay last weekend. Tide pools are all dead. Everything. Dead.

KAD December 9, 2017 at 4:49 PM

CA Fish & Wildlife does not care about wildlife. They cut trees down on the CNWS property during nesting season a few years ago. They stated a biologist was making sure there were no nesting birds in the trees they yanked out of the ground with a large, large machine. I watched all of this from my upstairs bedroom window. When we complained they told us to show them a dead bird or egg. They knew we were not allowed on the property. We saw the crows eating the eggs and baby birds on the ground. I am sorry to report they are not good caring people.

Silva December 9, 2017 at 7:44 PM

Ugh. That had to have been heartwrenchingly awful.

Shasta Daisy December 9, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Sad story, no matter who’s side you are on.

Peace ✌🏼

rkt88edmo December 9, 2017 at 8:31 PM

yes, sad.

Will have to get a speargun I guess. So long snails.

dltravers December 9, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Climate change has been happening for about 4 billion years. How long have we been monitoring the sea temperatures in Northern California with instrumentation?

Divide 50 years into 4 billion years and see what percentage of knowledge history you come up with. Homo Sapiens rose in numbers in the extremely recent Holocene period due to global warming.

Prior to that we had climate change. After that we will have climate change. NATURAL climate change will eventually cause a large die off of people just like the many other species that have come and gone in Earth’s history.

Get over it and enjoy your light switches, warm houses in the winter and cool houses in the summer. Enjoy the greatest maker of free time and wealth in human history…carbon based energy.

Aim higher December 10, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Your assessment of the hand that humanity has been dealt is essentially correct. What is incorrect is your belief that we have no option than to party down and wait for extinction. Nature may well compost the human race no matter what we do, but we have reached a point in our technological and intellectual evolution that we have presented ourselves with options that can significantly increase our odds of surviving, if not thriving, on a vacillating and indifferent planet. We should vigorously explore those options.

Burning wood, blubber, and cow patties worked for a while. Coal was more efficient, but then it wasn’t useful when the internal combustion engine came along. All those carbon fuels also have enormous problems in terms of procurement and pollution. We are now entering a new age where we harvest the energy not of fossils that we have to dig out from thousands of feet under the earth, but by grabbing just the tiniest fraction of the enormous energy that surrounds us all, the energy of the sun, wind, and water.

If we can exploit these ambient energy sources, and we are progressing rapidly towards that end, we can look forward to a future when drilling a well in the Artic looking for something to burn will make about as much sense as crawling down a mine shaft in West Virginia looking for something to eat.

Justyfiable anger December 11, 2017 at 6:13 AM

Aim higher. Yes, a reduction of humans would greatly improve lessening the need for energy abuse. Lets start with the current Darwinian winners.

Cartman December 9, 2017 at 11:25 PM


The Grouch December 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM

So wrong! Pound them soft; dip them in milk; roll in crushed Ritz cracker; and pan-sear them quickly in melted butter.

WC December 10, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Maybe they’re radioactive but they don’t want to tell anyone. (Fukushima). I’ve suspicioned that was the problem with crab season last year. Yeah I know wild guess.

TIFOKCIS December 10, 2017 at 6:50 AM

Never let the truth get in the way of the global warming due to man agenda.

Japan is to powerful and industrially capable to hold liable thanks to millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan sales every year. Hell, we don’t even make our steel.

Buy foreign, right ‘people’.

Justyfiable Languor December 10, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Not so wild. The is a lot of human caused activity/disaster happening in the Pacific Ocean. Islands of plastic, over fishing, bomb testings, human waste-chemical and bio. Who knows what else humans are sneaking for avanced wealth.

Dr. Jellyfinger December 10, 2017 at 9:28 AM

We also need to ban hunting of wild turkeys before they are all gone forever!

Anonymous December 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM

The Director of Fish and Wildlife ( used to be fish and game) is a flake. Ca passed a wonderful bill to ban lead bullets . Hunters accepted this without complaint in condor areas. Then as the Game Wardens Union pointed out , with zero scientific evidence, they banned all lead bullets.

Here is some insider info: the Game Wardens union opposed the bill. The Director told them that the Governor would go after their benefits package if they did. Needless to say there is bad blood there.

If you are a gun owner or hunter know that the current administration hates your guts.

Ab Diver December 11, 2017 at 7:02 PM

I have been diving for over 47 years filling my card every year never poaching, I have personally seen raids and arrests on poachers. Many times I have witnessed Game Wardens issuing tickets to the average diver with a under size ab or an extra ab stuck in his wet suit. That was deserved. On four different occasions I saw non-English speaking Asian poachers with 150 or more abs being taken. One of these times 4 guys at Fort Ross store were caught with over 300 Abs. I proudly was a witness to this helping the Stillwater ranger restraining them until the game warden arrived this was about 5 years ago. I have also seen, just this year, many dead abs. The abs I did get the shell was 9″ but the meat inside was very small like it was starved. Kelp is almost non-existent. After all this said I have seen this cycle two or three time the past 47 years. Protecting the environment and all its creatures are very important to me. Lets all take a break from the sport for few years and the kelp will return with the abs following like they always have.

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