Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Yellowtail, California – U.S. California, 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

Catches of California Yellowtail have fluctuated greatly over the years, tending to be greater during El Nino events when waters are warmer and much less during cool, La Nina events. Abundance levels of California Yellowtail populations are not known.

California Yellowtail are captured with both set and drift gillnets and handlines. The handline fishery catches few non-target species and any non-target catch is released alive.

Management of the California Yellowtail fisheries is moderately effective. Management regulations include a minimum size limit and restricted fishing areas.

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