By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Fishery officials say they are considering populations of canary rockfish and petrale sole rebuilt.

The Seattle Times reports ( ) that the Pacific Fishery Management Council says the populations off the West Coast have rebounded from low levels.

The canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000 and not expected to be rebuilt until 2057. Fishery managers say good ocean conditions and conservation efforts caused the six-fold increase in canary populations.

The petrale sole was declared overfished in 2011 and its harvest limit was cut by half. The council statement says it was rebuilt a year ahead of schedule.

Council Chairman Dorothy Lowman says hard decisions by the council and sacrifice by fishermen helped the populations rebound.

Five other groundfish populations have yet to be rebuilt.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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