Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

fishing boats at San Francisco
Commercial fishing vessels tied up in San Francisco
CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

Commercial fishery participants and other commercial fishing-related businesses can now apply for additional financial assistance for COVID-19 related impacts. The Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding earlier this year, with California receiving $15,315,740 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Applications for these recovery funds are now available through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for eligible and qualified individuals and businesses. Continue reading “Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill

Oil spill clean-up efforts under way
Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. A unified command has been established to respond to and clean up the oil spill off the California coast. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo

Notification from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. Continue reading “Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill”

CDFW Requests Nominees for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee

white seabass
White seabass. photo courtesy PIER

Update – The deadline for submitting a letter of interest and CV for a position on the OREHP Scientific Advisory Committee has been extended to Nov. 30, 2021.

The The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is requesting nominations for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC is mandated by the California Legislature to advise CDFW’s Director and the Ocean Resources Enhancement Advisory Panel regarding program activities. The SAC’s goal is to help ensure scientific integrity and transparency in science-based decision making. Continue reading “CDFW Requests Nominees for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee”

Upcoming California Halibut Scaled Management Stakeholder Webinar Series Announced

In 2019, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) completed a prioritization process for all of California’s fisheries in accordance with the 2018 Master Plan for Fisheries: A Guide for Implementation of the Marine Life Management Act. California halibut was identified as a high-priority fishery for management attention. Continue reading “Upcoming California Halibut Scaled Management Stakeholder Webinar Series Announced”