2014-2015 Commercial Fishing Digest Now Online

Santa Barbara harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has posted the 2014-2015 Commercial Digest of Fishing Regulations to the CDFW website.

Regulatory changes for commercial fisheries in 2014 include the Dungeness crab pre-soak period for Fishing Districts 6 through 9, discontinuance of herring fresh fish market permits, and the incidental take for commercial market squid.

For more information about commercial fishing regulations, please visit the Ocean Fishing: Laws and Regulations webpage.


post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer CDFW photo

Final 2013 Commercial Landings Reports Now Available

commercial fishing vessels

Commercial fishing vessels

The final California Commercial Landings and Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel reports for 2013 have been posted to the CDFW website.

Reports dating back to the year 2000 can also be found online. These reports are used widely by the fishing industry here and abroad to monitor trends in fishing and the economics of California’s commercial fishing efforts.


post by Jana Robertson, CDFW Management Services Technician ♦ photo courtesy of NOAA

Snapshot: What is an MPA?

California MPAsFind out more about California’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network through the eyes of ocean users and CDFW in a new article titled A Network of Protection: Mystery of the Marine Protected Areas Explained. Published in the July/August issue of Outdoor California, the article provides an overview of the MPAs and how they are being integrated into everyday life along the California coast.  Read all about it in Outdoor California or on the California Marine Protected Area website (see the Popular Resources section).


post by Elizabeth Pope, CDFW Environmental Scientist  ♦ CDFW graphic

Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

Pier anglers

Two new ocean angling records were logged into the books last year. On July 31, 2013 Matt Michie landed a 2 lb. 4 oz. pile perch (Rhacochilus vacca) off Monterey to capture that species’ state record, beating the previous record by five ounces. And on February 24, 2013 Richard Chew reeled in a 1 lb. 8 oz. calico surfperch (Amphistichus koelzi) from Rio Del Mar State Beach in Santa Cruz County, to capture the state angling record for that species. Mr. Chew was the first person to submit a state record claim for calico surfperch. Prior to Mr. Chew’s fish, Continue reading

CDFW Completes 2013 Calendar Year and 2013-2014 Full Season Lobster Report Card Analyses

lobster hoopnetting

Hoopnetting for lobster

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed analyzing the most recent lobster report card data submitted by recreational lobster fishermen. In 2013, CDFW changed the timing of the lobster report cards to match the fishing season. Prior to the transition, lobster report cards were issued per calendar year and were valid for two halves of different fishing seasons. Now the report cards are valid from the last weekend of September through mid-March of the following year. The new program is designed to make it easier for lobster fishermen to report their activity in a more timely and efficient manner. Continue reading