The California Fish and Game Commission took action at its February 3, 2006 meeting to increase the recreational surfperch bag and possession limit from five to 20 surfperch in the aggregate, with not more than 10 surfperch of any one species. This limit is separate from the 20-fish daily limit of shiner surfperch. This increase to the bag limit, however, does not apply to waters of the San Francisco and San Pablo bays, where the limit will remain five fish in the aggregate, not including shiner surfperch.
This regulation change becomes effective Sunday, May 21, 2006.
Section 28.59 of Title 14, California Code of Regulations, has been amended to read as follows:
(a) For purposes of this Section, the term â€œsurfperchâ€ refers to all species of the family Embiotocidae, in any combination.
(b) Open season: Open all year, except surfperch may not be taken or possessed by a person in San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay between April 1 and July 31, inclusive. Shiner surfperch (Cymatogaster aggregata) are exempt from this seasonal closure and may be taken and possessed up to their daily bag limit in these areas during the closure period.
(c) Daily bag limits.
(1) In San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay, the aggregate limit is five surfperch, not including shiner surfperch. For all other areas, the aggregate limit is 20 surfperch, not including shiner surfperch. Not more than 10 surfperch may be of any one species.
(2) The special limit for shiner surfperch is 20, which may be taken or possessed in addition to the overall daily bag limit of 20 finfish defined in subsection 27.60(a) and the special limits defined in subsection 27.60(b).
(d) Minimum size: redtail surfperch, ten and one-half inches total length. All other surfperch, none.
For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission's web site at www.fgc.ca.gov