Not listed by the IUCN. Cabezons show signs of being overfished through their southern range. Depletion is evident in southern British Columbia, where they are not the target of either sport or commercial fishing, although bycatch landings occur in both fisheries. Commercial setline fishing has been directed at cabezons in California for over half a century, and they are considered a top sport angling species there as well. Cabezon spearfishing is popular because of the ease of spearing these big fish.
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