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:
- California Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): Marine protected areas are named, discrete geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. Some regulation changes to California’s network of MPAs went into effect October 1, 2014. This collection of pages contains updated maps, regulation summaries and other helpful information.
- Marine Management News Blog: The recently launched Marine Management News blog is a continuation of the Marine Management News newsletter that has been published for years. Informative articles in a variety of categories allow you to get the latest marine news in a matter of minutes. We encourage you to make the blog a key resource to help you stay informed.
- Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan: CDFW is developing a red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) fishery management plan for the purpose of refining and implementing the long term management objectives in the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan. Recent workshops gave the public the opportunity to learn about the process and provide input.
Here are some of our most popular pages:
- Fish and Shellfish Identification: Would you like to learn about a specific California marine species? Did you recently see a marine fish or shellfish and couldn’t identify it? This page provides a variety of resources, including life history information, large collections of images, and even interactive quizzes.
- Marine Region Calendar of Events: This page contains information about events of interest to the public, including meetings and workshops, as well as opening and closing dates for popular fisheries. Each listing includes a link to additional information.
- 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet: This is the 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing 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 2014-2015 Freshwater and Ocean Sport Fishing regulations supplement.
- California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map: Going ocean fishing? This should be your 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 manages 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 www.wildlife.ca.gov. The home page and many pages within the CDFW website may look a little different to you. The redesigned pages offer some great features:
- They look and work great on mobile devices, including your smartphone or tablet.
- Simplified navigation makes it even easier to find what you are looking for.
- An 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 dfg.ca.gov 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, www.wildlife.ca.gov.
post by Aaron Del Monte, CDFW Website Developer ♦ CDFW photos and graphics