Get Hooked on the CDFW Website!

For 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 we have created. For those who have already visited the site, be sure to check back regularly, since new features, updates, and news releases are added every week. Here are some recent, noteworthy updates:

  • Guide to the California Marine Protected Areas – Distribution Locations: Looking to MPA guidepick up a handy reference for marine protected areas? This page lists businesses, CDFW offices, and other locations that distribute CDFW’s Guide to the Marine Protected Areas, which include maps, coordinates, shoreline boundary images, and regulations for marine protected areas. Four versions of the guide are available (Northern California, North Central California, Central California, Southern California).
  • Pacific Halibut Information: Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) are large flatfish that sampler with halibutcan be found from the Bering Sea in Alaska to northern California. They can reach a maximum length of nine feet and maximum weight of 500 lbs! This page contains information about Pacific halibut regulations and the California fishery. Of note, CDFW is currently exploring management alternatives for the 2015 recreational season that could be considered in September by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. This page contains a survey that the public may complete and submit to provide input.


Here are some of our most popular pages:

  • California Grunion Facts and Runs: Grunion, famous for their spawning behavior, are the grunionobject of a unique recreational fishery. This page contains facts about grunion and a list of expected grunion runs on the California coast through August 2014. Links to more expansive information and printable resources are also available.
  • California Marine Protected Areas: California’s network of marine protected areas was MPA mapestablished to protect marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural heritage, as well as improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems subject to reduced human disturbance. These web pages contain comprehensive information about marine protected areas, including regulations, maps, news and historical information.
  • 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet: This is the 2014-2015 Ocean Sport regulation bookletFishing regulations booklet (in PDF format) that was distributed in March 2014. The bookmarked PDF file features red bookmark headings which denote sections that have changed or are new for 2014. This page also contains the recently released 2014-2015 Freshwater and Ocean Sport Fishing regulations supplement.
  • California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map: Going ocean fishing? This should be fishing reg mapyour first stop. Simply click the marine location where you plan to fish and you will access a compact list of sport fishing regulations for that area. The pages are printer-friendly, so you can print the regulations and take them with you on your next fishing trip. These pages are updated frequently, so you can be assured that they contain the most up-to-date information.
  • Invertebrate Management Project: The Invertebrate Management Project monitors and diver with crabmanages important commercial and recreational marine invertebrate fisheries occurring primarily in the nearshore environment of California’s marine waters. These web pages contain expansive information about abalone, crabs, sea urchin, California spiny lobster and other marine invertebrates.

Have you noticed anything different about the CDFW website?

CDFW’s new home page can be found at The home page and many pages within the CDFW website may look a little different to you. These redesigned pages offer some great features:

  • They look and work great on mobile devices, including your smartphone or tablet.
  • It’s even easier to find what you are looking for thanks to simplified navigation.
  • The improved look and feel makes the site more attractive and user-friendly.

Although the home page and many pages are using the new design, most pages (including Marine Region pages) currently continue to be found under the domain and use the old design. Moving content from the old site to the new will take some time. We appreciate your understanding during this transition.

Would you like to share your experience with the new CDFW website design? We would love to learn what is working well for you, and how we could improve your experience on the site. If you would like to provide some feedback, please use the link on the CDFW home page,

post by Aaron Del Monte, CDFW Website Developer

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