Category Archives: Management

Dungeness Crab: The Undisputed King of Northern California Crustaceans

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Trapping Dungeness crab is a northern California tradition

California’s Dungeness crab sport fishery opens statewide on Saturday, Nov. 1. Every year at this time, recreational crabbers set out in boats or go to public piers and jetties in pursuit of one of northern California’s most popular types of seafood. Continue reading

Get Your Commercial Fishing Permits Online!

commercial herring vessel

Commercial herring vessel

As of October 10, 2014, commercial fishing permits may be purchased online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s online license sales and services website. Available permits for 2014 include non-restrictive permits (limited entry permits are not available), commercial boat registrations, and fish business retailer licenses. 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

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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

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