The 2016-2017 California Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement is now available for download on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. The supplement contains the final ocean salmon sport fishing regulations and seasons, as well as a minor update to the Pacific halibut regulations. Freshwater regulations for salmon and trout are also included. Paper copies will soon be available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold, and at your local CDFW office. For more information about ocean sport fishing regulations, please visit the CDFW Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations web page.
The 2016-2017 California Commercial Digest of Fishing Regulations has also been posted to the CDFW website. This year’s Digest contains an announcement that certain commercial fishing items may now be purchased online or through select license agents. First time applicants for a commercial fishing license or vessel owners registering a new boat with CDFW must contact the License and Revenue Branch at (916) 928-5822 for initial setup. Visit the CDFW website to renew commercial items online, or to find a license agent near you that sells commercial licenses.
Other commercial regulatory changes include use of revised market squid logbook forms, and mandatory U.S. Coast Guard fishing vessel exams. For more information about commercial fishing regulations, please visit the CDFW Commercial Fishing web page.
post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer