2015-2016 Commercial Market Squid Season Opens April 1

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Market squid mating over an egg bed

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the 2015-2016 commercial fishing season for market squid will open coastwide in California on Wednesday April 1, 2015 for restricted access permit holders. The commercial market squid season runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year and has a seasonal catch limit of 118,000 short tons. Continue reading

CDFW Reminds Divers and Hoopnetters: Time to Submit Spiny Lobster Report Cards

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Scientific aid Jon Kurt holding a large spiny lobster during a 2007 lobster creel survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders that March 18 is the last day of the lobster fishing season and to return their report cards by April 30, 2015 as required by law. Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.

The cards need to be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online beginning March 20 Continue reading

New Kiosk at Pillar Point Harbor Provides Fishing Regulations, Information

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Kiosk with fishing information at Pillar Point Harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with the San Mateo Marine Protected Area (MPA) Community Collaborative, the San Mateo Harbor District, and others, recently installed a new informational kiosk adjacent to the boat launch at the Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County. The kiosk will provide up-to-date information to recreational anglers before they head out on the water. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Black Rockfish

Note: A new sub-bag limit of 5 black rockfish within the 10-fish RCG Complex bag limit is now in effect.

Black rockfish may be found north of Paradise Cove off southern California in a wide variety of habitats, including near the surface, on the bottom to depths of 1,200 ft., near rocky reefs, and in open water over deep banks or drop-offs. They frequently form loose schools 10 to 20 ft. above shallow (to 120 ft.) rocky reefs, in kelp beds, or in mid-water over deeper reefs (to 240 ft.), but individuals may also be found resting on rocky bottom. Continue reading

Updating the Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas

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California’s MPA network

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to update the 2008 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) this year. The updated 2015 Master Plan will be a guidance document that shifts the focus from designing and siting California’s MPA network to setting a statewide framework for MPA management. CDFW will welcome input on the updated 2015 Master Plan through a public process that starts at the Aug. 2015 meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission.

California is home to the largest scientifically designed network of MPAs in the United States. This accomplishment was the result of the State Legislature passing the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Continue reading