2021 “Year in Review” and “By the Numbers” Reports Now Available!

YIR and BTN covers

What did 2021 look like for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) Marine Region? It was not the year many of us hoped for, with continued challenges to research, data collection, and management activities as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on. Two overviews that outline the hurdles we faced as well as last year’s accomplishments are now available in the 2021 Year in Review and its companion document, 2021 By the Numbers. Continue reading “2021 “Year in Review” and “By the Numbers” Reports Now Available!”

Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!

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Fishing at Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

Where can you go to catch some tasty California ocean fish if you don’t have a recreational fishing license? Try one of the many free fishing piers, jetties, or breakwaters along the coast, where you can wet your line for fish such as perch, greenling, rockfish, and bass. A list of free fishing piers and a zoomable map of pier locations is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website to help you plan your pier fishing adventure. Continue reading “Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!”

Nominations Sought for California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

Point Bonita, Golden Gate Bridge
Point Bonita
CDFW photo by R. Bartling

The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group is seeking nominations for representatives to serve on the Working Group, beginning March 2022. Nominees would represent the commercial fishing sector for the San Francisco Bay area (Fishing Zone 3) and Fort Bragg area (Fishing Zone 2). Continue reading “Nominations Sought for California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group”

CDFW Releases Updated Draft Conservation Plan for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Dungeness crab boats in harbor
Crab boats docked in Bodega Bay harbor
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released an updated draft conservation plan for public review and comment that addresses protected species interactions in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

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CDFW to Lift Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Southern California Oil Spill

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Fishermen and scientists gathered samples of marine life along the coast to determine impacts from the Southern California oil spill.
photo by A. Cooney, U.S. Coast Guard

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that there is no further risk to public health related to seafood consumption in the Southern California area affected by an Oct. 2021 oil spill. As a result, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will lift the fisheries closure related to the Pipeline P00547 Incident at noon on Tuesday November 30, 2021.

To ensure a safe and orderly reopening, no attempt to take fish or invertebrates, including the placement of baited traps or hoop nets in the fishery closure zone, may be made prior to the noon opener.  More information will be posted on the response website (https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure/). In addition, Continue reading “CDFW to Lift Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Southern California Oil Spill”