Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30, 2019

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California spiny lobster
illustration by J. Hofmeister

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2018-2019 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit their harvest report online or return their cards by April 30, 2019, as required by law. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery. CDFW generates estimates of recreational spiny lobster catch and effort based on data collected from lobster report cards each season.

CDFW is making a focused effort to improve estimates of recreational lobster effort and catch by taking action to increase the number of report cards returned each year. It is extremely important for Continue reading

2019 Ocean Salmon Seasons Finalized for the California Coast

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King salmon caught off the San Francisco coastline.
CDFW photo

Ocean salmon anglers across the California coast will be able to spend more time on the water this year chasing after King Salmon (also known as Chinook Salmon). At its meeting this week in Rohnert Park, the Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized and adopted ocean salmon seasons beginning on or after May 1 through the remainder of the year.

Sport fisheries in the Klamath Management Zone will open from late May through early September. Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas are currently open; they will close for the first half of May, then reopen and continue through the end of October. The Monterey management area is open now and remains open through late August.

Despite an increase in fishing opportunity this year, ocean salmon season Continue reading

2019 Recreational and Commercial Fishing Regulations Available for Download

Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and Commercial Fishing Regulations Digest are now available on the CDFW website.

Ocean Sport Fishing
With the 2019 sport saltwater fishing season taking off, it’s a good time to grab the annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and review ocean fishing regulations. There have been a few changes, so recreational anglers will want to take note.

Last December the California Fish and Game Commission closed the recreational Continue reading

New California Sheephead Fillet-at-Sea Regulation Now in Effect

Southern and Central California anglers will want to be aware that regulations have changed for California Sheephead. At its February 2019 meeting in Sacramento, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulatory changes Continue reading

California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Close Statewide April 15, 2019

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Commercial crabber hauls in a crab pot.
CDFW photo

The California commercial Dungeness crab fishery will close statewide on April 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a Declaration today to close the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in all commercial fishery management zones. The closure is needed due to a greater risk of whales becoming entangled in commercial Dungeness crab pots, lines, and buoys during the spring and summer months.

All commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear must be removed from ocean waters and landings must be completed by April 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

This closure only applies to the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. Recreational Dungeness crab and rock crab seasons (including commercial passenger fishing vessels) are not affected by the closure. Please visit the CDFW website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and further information on the closure.


post by Ryan Bartling, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist