The proposed readoption of emergency regulation would add a low-flow restriction between September 1 through April 30 on the stretch of Eel River from the mouth to Fulmor Road at its paved junction with the south bank of the Eel River. It would also extend the low-flow closure period for a different stretch of the Eel River as well as a stretch of the South Fork of the Eel River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek, Smith River and Van Duzen River (currently October 1 through January 31, four months) and the Mad River (currently September 1 through January 31, five months) to September 1 through April 30 (eight months) and Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marin County coastal streams (currently October 1 through March 31, six months) to September 1 through April 30 (eight months). This action is necessary to conserve wild steelhead and salmon populations by protecting as many adult fish as possible.
This readoption seeks to make one adjustment to regulatory language in subsection 8.00(a)(1)(A) regarding the Eel River estuary. This change will allow hook-and-line angling from shore in the Eel River Estuary downstream of the Cock Robin Island Bridge. This change is necessary to allow shore angling opportunity for perch and other non-salmonid species while still providing protections for Steelhead Trout, Coho Salmon, and Coastal Chinook Salmon.