Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Areas

The Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Areas, or YRCAs, are various closed areas intended to protect yelloweye rockfish off the Pacific Coast. YRCAs are areas defined by latitude and longitude coordinates that, when connected in straight lines in the order they are numbered, create a polygon that is closed to certain fishing activities. All of the YRCAs listed below are defined by latitude and longitude coordinates found at 50 CFR 660.70.

The North Coast Recreational YRCA is a C-shaped area off the northern Washington coast intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The North Coast Recreational YRCA is closed to recreational fishing for groundfish and halibut and is designated as an area to be avoided (a voluntary closure) by commercial fixed gear fishers. This closed area was implemented in 1998 for the halibut sport fishery and was adopted for the groundfish fishery in January 2003. The name of this closed area changed from the YRCA to the North Coast Recreational YRCA in 2007.

The North Coast Commercial YRCA is an area off the northern Washington coast, overlapping the northern part of North Coast Recreational YRCA, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The North Coast Commercial YRCA is closed to commercial fixed gear fishing (limited entry and open access fixed gear). This closed area was implemented in 2007.

The Salmon Troll YRCA is an area off the northern Washington coast, overlapping the southern part of North Coast Recreational YRCA, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Salmon Troll YRCA is closed to fishing with salmon troll gear. This closed area was implemented in 2007.

The South Coast Recreational YRCA is an area off the southern Washington coast intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The South Coast Recreational YRCA is closed to recreational fishing for groundfish and halibut and is designated as an area to be avoided (a voluntary closure) by commercial fixed gear fishers. This closed area was implemented in 2007.

The Westport Offshore Recreational YRCA is an area off the southern Washington coast intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Westport Offshore Recreational YRCA is designated as an area to be avoided (a voluntary closure) by commercial fixed gear fishers and is closed to fishing in the recreational fishery. This closed area was implemented in 2009.

The Stonewall Bank YRCA is an area off central Oregon, near Stonewall Bank, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. The Stonewall Bank YRCA is closed to recreational fishing for groundfish and halibut. This closed area was implemented in 2005 for the halibut sport fishery and was adopted for the groundfish fishery in 2007.

The Point St. George YRCA is an area off the northern California coast, northwest of Point St. George, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. Fishing with non-trawl gear is prohibited within the Point St. George YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with limited entry fixed gear within the Point St. George YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. This closure may be imposed through inseason adjustment. This closed area was defined in regulations in 2009. See regulations at 50 CFR 660.230, 660.330, and 660.360 to see if this closed area has been put into effect in the non-trawl commercial or recreational fisheries via an inseason action.

The South Reef YRCA is an area off the northern California coast, southwest of Crescent City, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. Fishing with non-trawl gear is prohibited within the South Reef YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with limited entry fixed gear within the South Reef YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. This closure may be imposed through inseason adjustment. This closed area was defined in regulations in 2009. See regulations at 50 CFR 660.230, 660.330, and 660.360 to see if this closed area has been put into effect in the non-trawl commercial or recreational fisheries via an inseason action.

The Reading Rock YRCA is an area off the northern California coast, between Crescent City and Eureka, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. Fishing with non-trawl gear is prohibited within the Reading Rock YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with limited entry fixed gear within the Reading Rock YRCA, on dates when the closure is in effect. This closure may be imposed through inseason adjustment. This closed area was defined in regulations in 2009. See regulations at 50 CFR 660.230, 660.330, and 660.360 to see if this closed area has been put into effect in the non-trawl commercial or recreational fisheries via an inseason action.

The Point Delgada YRCAs are two areas off the northern California coast, south of Point Delgada and Shelter Cove, intended to protect yelloweye rockfish. Fishing with non-trawl gear is prohibited within the Point Delgada YRCAs, on dates when the closure is in effect. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with limited entry fixed gear within the Point Delgada YRCAs, on dates when the closure is in effect. This closure may be imposed through inseason adjustment. This closed area was defined in regulations in 2009. See regulations at 50 CFR 660.230, 660.330, and 660.360 to see if this closed area has been put into effect in the non-trawl commercial or recreational fisheries via an inseason action.