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
A 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
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
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
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