Category Archives: Fishes

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

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

Reminder: Recreational Pacific Halibut Season Closed in August

technician with Pacific halibut
Technician holding Pacific halibut.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind anglers that recreational fishing for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) is closed for the month of August. The season will reopen on Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 31.

Pacific halibut management is a complex, multi-tiered process involving CDFW, other state agencies, and federal and international partners.  The closure was recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council following increased harvest of recreational Pacific halibut in California over the last few years, and is intended to insure the total coastwide harvest remains within the overall harvest limit for the management area (Washington, Oregon and California).   For more details regarding Pacific halibut management, please visit the CDFW website.


post by Caroline Mcknight, CDFW Environmental Scientist  ♦ CDFW photo by Ed Roberts III

 

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