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
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
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
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
Hoopnetting for lobster
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed analyzing the most recent lobster report card data submitted by recreational lobster fishermen. In 2013, CDFW changed the timing of the lobster report cards to match the fishing season. Prior to the transition, lobster report cards were issued per calendar year and were valid for two halves of different fishing seasons. Now the report cards are valid from the last weekend of September through mid-March of the following year. The new program is designed to make it easier for lobster fishermen to report their activity in a more timely and efficient manner. Continue reading