Upcoming Changes to Commercial Harvest Regulations for Kelp and Other Marine Algae

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Bull kelp canopy at the ocean’s surface
photo by K. Elsmore

The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted regulation amendments and new regulations for commercial harvest of kelp and other marine algae that will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

The amended regulations include temporary changes that expire on Jan. 1, 2026. Continue reading “Upcoming Changes to Commercial Harvest Regulations for Kelp and Other Marine Algae”

New Hoop Net Regulations in Effect

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Type A hoop nets, set (R) and being pulled to the surface (L).
CDFW illustration

Hoop net users statewide will want to review new hoop net regulations that went into effect on October 31, 2022, especially since the recreational Dungeness crab season opened during a trap restriction this past Saturday.

Hoop nets may be used for Dungeness crab instead of traps during a trap restriction. Crabbers may also use crab snares Continue reading “New Hoop Net Regulations in Effect”

New CDFW Squid Fishery Advisory Committee Seeks Members

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is soliciting nominations for a new Squid Fishery Advisory Committee (SFAC), which will review and provide input on potential changes to market squid fishery management. Continue reading “New CDFW Squid Fishery Advisory Committee Seeks Members”

‘Tis the Season for Saltwater “Bugs” – California Spiny Lobster Season Opens Soon

Happy Autumn! For many of us, that means apple picking and pumpkin spice… everything! For both recreational and commercial fishermen along California’s southern coast, it signifies the start of spiny lobster fishing season. Continue reading “‘Tis the Season for Saltwater “Bugs” – California Spiny Lobster Season Opens Soon”

Celebrate World Oceans Day with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife!

It’s that time of year again, when people around the world celebrate the beauty, resources, and enjoyment the ocean gives us. That’s right, today, June 8th is World Oceans Day! Continue reading “Celebrate World Oceans Day with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife!”