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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

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 Gathering Information Regarding Shark Incident

white shark

White shark

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are gathering information regarding the shark incident at Manhattan Beach on July 5, 2014. The following is general information, not specific to this incident.

Fishing for most species of sharks, including large sharks such as mako and thresher, is a legal activity in most ocean waters of the state, including the area surrounding Manhattan Beach. Continue reading

From The Marine Region Manager

Craig Shuman

Craig Shuman

Welcome to the first posting of the reinvigorated and refreshed Marine Management News, your source for news and updates on marine resource management in California. You will notice that I used the term “posting” as opposed to “issue” as we have switched to a blog format to take advantage of the flexibility of this digital platform.

Rather than periodic distributions of discrete issues, the blog format will enable more frequent and timely updates. Please be assured that our new format will still give you all the information and interesting stories you have come to expect from the Marine Management News. Continue reading