Officials Recommend Canceling Red Abalone Fishing Season
California wildlife officials are recommending that the 2018 abalone fishing season be canceled due to concerns about declining population.
Fish and Game Commission will make the final decision Thursday at a meeting in San Diego.
Fish and Wildlife senior scientist Laura Roger-Bennett says shells empty or filled with decaying flesh littered the seafloor and that the outlook for the abalone is bleak.
The mollusks are being affected by a massive kelp die-off. Red abalone feed on kelp and cannot reproduce as easily when facing starvation.