MPA Regulation Updates Effective October 1, 2014

Southern California coastline

Southern California coastline

Attention marine resource users! There will be some changes to marine protected area (MPA) regulations starting October 1, 2014. Changes will be posted to the CDFW Marine Protected Areas website and updated in CDFW online publications. If you’d like to see the changes now, before they go in effect, they are currently posted on the Fish and Game Commission website. Changes include:

  • Adding Pacific bonito to the “pelagic finfish” group
  • Providing for transit of MPAs with spearfishing gear Continue reading

Snapshot: CDFW and Moss Landing Student Work Together to Estimate California Halibut Age-at-Length

halibut otolith section

12-year-old California halibut otolith section

This summer, staff from CDFW’s Northern and Central California Finfish Research and Management Project assisted Moss Landing Marine Laboratories graduate student Cheryl Barnes in the preparation and age determination of 452 California halibut otoliths (ear bones). The age determinations from this collaborative work provide valuable information to fishery managers by greatly expanding the Project’s long-term, ongoing age-length database for California halibut. Continue reading

CDFW Kicks Off its Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan Development Process

red abalone

Red abalone

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is initiating a planning process to begin development of a Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The planning process will further refine and implement the long term management objectives of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan, which guides the management of the existing red abalone fishery Continue reading

2014-2015 Commercial Fishing Digest Now Available 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