Yellowtail, California – Isla Natividad Mexico, Handline (Hiramasa)
California Yellowtail are found and caught commercially off California and Baja California, Mexico. They reach sexual maturity at an early age, but are relatively slow growing and known to form spawning aggregations. This rating is for the California Yellowtail fishery in Isla Natividad, Mexico managed by the Buzos y Pescadores de Baja California fishing cooperative.
This fishing cooperative has prohibited the use of gillnets by members, therefore all Yellowtail in this fishery is caught using handline. The handline fishery catches few non-target species and any non-target catch is released alive.
The abundance of California Yellowtail is not known. No data is currently collected on this Yellowtail fishery, but the cooperative has agreed to start collecting fishery catch and effort data to monitor the health of the Yellowtail population.
In addition, the cooperative has set aside two marine protected areas in the region, which reduce the spatial footprint of fishing and may provide refuge for Yellowtail.