CDFW Reminds Divers and Hoopnetters: Time to Submit 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Cards

Scuba diver with a nice lobster.  CDFW photo by D. Stein

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit their report card data online or return their report cards by April 30, 2017 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 here or submitted by mail to the address below:

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

Please Note: Any 2016-2017 Spiny Lobster Report Card holder who fails to return their card by April 30, 2017 will be charged a non-return fee of $21.60 upon issuance of a report card in the subsequent fishing season, or they may choose to skip the 2017-2018 fishing season and purchase a report card a 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 email reminder notices to all cardholders with emails on file 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