Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Roland Takayama and his state record Pismo clam (in hand)

Two new ocean sportfishing records were logged into the books towards the end of 2014. On October 12, 2014 Greg Veach landed a 7 lb. 4 oz. olive rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) near Morro Bay to smash that species’ state record by a hefty one pound, six ounces. The previous record, set by Haady Forbes, had been unbeaten for 23 years. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Gaper Clams

gaperclamBoth the Pacific gaper clam and the fat gaper clam may be found on California beaches statewide. They prefer fine sand or firm, sandy-mud bottoms, especially in bays, estuaries, and more sheltered outer coastal areas.  Humboldt Bay, Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay, Drakes Estero, Elkhorn Slough, and Morro Bay are popular digging areas. Continue reading

Maps — Essential Tools for Understanding the Boundaries of California’s Marine Protected Areas

CDFW maps, guidebooks, brochures, and web applicationsWith the creation or revision of over 100 marine protected areas (MPAs) in California since 2007, determining where MPA boundaries begin or end can be a challenge for the casual, infrequent angler and the seasoned mariner alike. Fortunately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) produces a multitude of products to help everyone find their way while enjoying the State’s bounty of natural marine resources. Continue reading

Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015

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School of Pacific bluefin tuna

At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading

CDFW Celebrates More Than 10 Years of Improvements to the California Recreational Fisheries Survey

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California Recreational Fisheries Survey sampler Bonnie Brown measures fish and records data

For over ten years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked to improve the California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS) to provide the best possible estimates for management of California’s marine recreational fisheries.

CRFS was implemented in 2004 and was built upon its predecessor, the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), which was conducted from 1980 to 2003. MRFSS was a groundbreaking survey of saltwater recreational fishing effort and catch in its time, but it did not always meet the needs of managing California’s dynamic fisheries. Continue reading