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

scientific aid with lobster
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, 2015, or submitted by mail to the address below:

CDFW – Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123

Please Note: Any 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holder who fails to return their card by April 30, 2015 will be charged a non-return fee of $20 upon issuance of a report card in the subsequent fishing season, or they may choose to skip one fishing season and purchase a report card the following season at no extra cost.

Past lobster report card return rates have been too low to accurately estimate catch for the fishery, but the Automated License Data System has greatly increased CDFW’s ability to remind card purchasers of the need to return report cards. The Automated License Data System was used to mail reminder notices to all cardholders to return their report cards through the mail or submit their harvest data online. Cardholders may disregard any reminders received after submitting their card or reporting online. We appreciate your cooperation, thank you!

A brochure with more information about the spiny lobster report card program can be found online.

Post by Travis Buck, CDFW Environmental Scientist ♦ CDFW file photo