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”

New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California

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New trap buoy configuration
CDFW photo by P. Ward

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted new regulations for the recreational crab fishery in late 2020. The revised regulations include the following new requirements when fishing with crab traps: Continue reading “New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California”

Additional Relief for the California Fishing Industry: Consolidated Appropriations Act (CARES II) Update

commercial purse seiner
Commercial purse seiner at the dock.
CDFW photo by T. Nguyen

On March 29, 2021, NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working on a revised spend plan for California funds that will be submitted to NOAA Fisheries for approval. Fishery participants eligible to receive funding include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, and processors and dealers participating in marine and anadromous fisheries.

Continue reading “Additional Relief for the California Fishing Industry: Consolidated Appropriations Act (CARES II) Update”

CDFW Seeks Applicants for 2021 Trap Gear Retrieval Program

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking applicants for the 2021 Lost or Abandoned Commercial Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Program. Removal of lost or abandoned trap gear reduces marine life entanglement risk during the summer months when large numbers of whales are present off California. Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Applicants for 2021 Trap Gear Retrieval Program”