Snapshot: New State Angling Record

A new state angling record was set on September 17, 2014 when Matthew Franco (left) reeled in a 3 lb. 4 oz. kelp greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus) while fishing near Carmel in central California. This fish beats the previous state angling record by 1 oz. Congratulations Matthew!

In the state angling record category, current open species include Humboldt squid (min. weight 40 lb.), rainbow surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.), and walleye surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.). For more information about state recreational fishing and diving records, see the CDFW Record Ocean Sport Fish webpage. Continue reading

Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for October 2014! Here’s your chance to show off your fish identification knowledge and win an official Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fish tagging cap. To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov by December 15, 2014 identifying:

  • The species of the fish pictured below (scientific name) and an accepted common name, and
  • The daily bag limit, as found in the 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet

Be sure to enter “October MMN Fish Quiz” as the “Subject” of your e-mail. The winner will be selected during a random drawing from all correct answers received by December 15, 2014.
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Dungeness Crab: The Undisputed King of Northern California Crustaceans

people holding crab

Trapping Dungeness crab is a northern California tradition

California’s Dungeness crab sport fishery opens statewide on Saturday, Nov. 1. Every year at this time, recreational crabbers set out in boats or go to public piers and jetties in pursuit of one of northern California’s most popular types of seafood. Continue reading

Get Your Commercial Fishing Permits Online!

commercial herring vessel

Commercial herring vessel

As of October 10, 2014, commercial fishing permits may be purchased online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s online license sales and services website. Available permits for 2014 include non-restrictive permits (limited entry permits are not available), commercial boat registrations, and fish business retailer licenses. Continue reading

From The Marine Region Manager

Craig Shuman

Craig Shuman

Many sense the arrival of autumn as the days grow shorter, the kids go back to school, and a certain crisp chill pervades the air. For Marine Region staff and many of you out there, some additional signs of autumn include the winding up of salmon and some groundfish seasons, and the beginning of spiny lobster and Dungeness crab seasons. I encourage you to take advantage of the precious autumn sunshine, the glorious weather, and unusually warm water by dusting off the hoop nets, crab pots, or dive gear and getting out to the ocean to enjoy our magnificent marine resources. Continue reading