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Good To Know: Lobster Report Card Non-Return Fees

lobster report cardWith the upcoming 2015-2016 recreational lobster fishing season fast approaching, many are rushing out to purchase their required spiny lobster report cards. If you step up to the cash register to find that you need to pay a non-return fee, that can only be because one or more of your lobster report cards from last season was not reported or received by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) by the due date. Over 6,500 lobster report cards were received at CDFW’s San Diego office by the April 30 deadline this year, and all of those cards have been entered into the Automated License Data System.

The non-return fee was adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission in 2013 to improve report card return rates. CDFW staff do not have the authority to exempt or refund the non-return fee for cards that were not received by the April 30 deadline. Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, cards that were submitted by mail and not received by CDFW are considered not returned, including those that are lost in the mail. Per California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 1.74(e)(3):

If a report card is submitted by mail and not received by the Department, it is considered not returned unless the individual reports his card as lost pursuant to subsection 1.74(f).

To ensure that you do not have to pay a fee in the future, remember to report every card that you purchased, including lost cards, by April 30 following the end of the lobster season, as specified on the card and as required by California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 1.74(d)(3). CDFW recommends reporting online and saving your confirmation number, which Continue reading

2014-2015 Recreational Spiny Lobster Effort and Catch Estimates Available

Estimates Possible Thanks to Lobster Report Card Returns


California spiny lobsters

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has generated estimates of recreational spiny lobster catch and effort for the most recent lobster fishing season, based on data collected from lobster report cards.  CDFW thanks everyone who returned their lobster report card(s) on time this year, as required by law.

Over 36,000 lobster report cards were sold for the 2014-2015 lobster fishing season, of which approximately 54 percent were either reported online or mailed to the San Diego office. Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Public Survey to Guide Red Abalone Fishery Management Now Available

red abalone

Red abalone

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is in the process of developing a red abalone fishery management plan to update sections of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan. Members of the public are invited to provide guidance for the plan by participating in an online survey concerning their preferences in the management of red abalone. The survey can be accessed on the CDFW website. The survey will run until Continue reading

Dungeness Crab: The Undisputed King of Northern California Crustaceans

people holding crab

Trapping Dungeness crab is a northern California tradition

California’s Dungeness crab sport fishery opens statewide on Saturday, Nov. 1. Every year at this time, recreational crabbers set out in boats or go to public piers and jetties in pursuit of one of northern California’s most popular types of seafood. Continue reading