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

scientist with fish
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”

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens Dec. 1 in Northern California

Fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
Commercial fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

Quality test results from Nov. 15 indicate that the commercial Dungeness crab fishery can open on schedule on Dec. 1 in northern California. Dungeness crab collected from Crescent City, Trinidad, and Eureka showed that crab exceeded the meat recovery criteria established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee. Following a call with Tri-State managers from Oregon and Washington on Nov. 19, the entire Tri-State area will open Dec. 1. Please refer to Oregon’s and Washington’s respective industry notices for more information.

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New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes 

Dungeness Crab Fishing Zone map
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Recreational crabbers can use crab traps, hoop nets, and snares (loop traps) to take Dungeness crab in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) and in Fishing Zones 5 and 6 (the area south of Lopez Point, Monterey County) when the season opens tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021. Continue reading “New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes “

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”