Category Archives: Fishes

Snapshot: New State Diving Record

grassRFrecord14A new sport diving record was set on August 1, 2014 when Marco A. Mazza (left) speared a 6 lb. 3 oz. grass rockfish (Sebastes rastrelliger) while freediving off Marin County in northern California. This fish beats the previous state diving record, which stood for over a decade, by 3 oz. Congratulations Marco!

In the sport diving category, the starry flounder record is still open (min. weight 8 lb.) and awaiting its first qualifying fish. For more information about state recreational fishing and diving records, see the CDFW Record Ocean Sport Fish webpage. Continue reading

Get Hooked on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Website!

MRwebsiteFor the latest information on fishing regulations, marine resources, and news affecting our California coastline, your first stop should be the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. This comprehensive information source contains well over 2,000 marine-related web pages and documents readily available to the public. If you are new to this website, we invite you to explore the valuable resources Continue reading

A Bird’s Eye View: Aerial Surveys of Nearshore Waters Provide Important Information for Managing Coastal Pelagic Fishes

aerial view of sardine school

An unretouched aerial photo of a sardine school off Southern California

Since August 2012, CDFW’s Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Project and the California Wetfish Producers Association have been working together to develop a nearshore aerial survey program for southern California waters. The valuable data collected by the program may be used to set sustainable harvest limits and prevent overfishing of CPS, including Pacific sardine, Pacific mackerel, and northern anchovy. 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