Fisheries Biologists Present California’s Ocean Salmon Forecast for 2021

Chinook salmon from the commercial fishery
Measuring an adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon taken in the commercial fishery.
CDFW photo by G. Ghrist

At the annual Salmon Information Meeting held virtually today, state and federal fishery scientists presented estimates of catch in 2020 fisheries and spawner returns to rivers and hatcheries, as well as the expected salmon abundance for the upcoming fishing season. Continue reading “Fisheries Biologists Present California’s Ocean Salmon Forecast for 2021”

2021 Schedule of Expected California Grunion Runs Available, Input on Grunion Fishing Sought

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Southern California grunion run
photo by K. Walker

The 2021 schedule of expected California grunion runs is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. If attending a grunion run, please follow current Covid-19 health guidelines and check with city or county authorities for information about potential beach closures. Continue reading “2021 Schedule of Expected California Grunion Runs Available, Input on Grunion Fishing Sought”

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

Vermilion rockfish
photo © katastrophe1 CC BY-NC 2.0

If you are a recreational angler or spearfisher and plan on fishing for rockfish, lingcod, California scorpionfish (sculpin), and other species of “groundfish” in 2021, continue reading to learn about important regulation changes that will take effect in the new year. Anglers and spearfishers should check CDFW’s website for the current regulations before fishing for groundfish, and are advised that some groundfish regulations printed in the 2020-21 ocean sport fishing regulations book will be out of date starting January 1, 2021.

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New Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Regulations In Effect for 2020-2021 Season

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Commercial crab traps
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

New regulations that formally establish the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) (found under California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 132.8) go into effect on November 1, 2020. The program assesses and works to minimize the risk of marine life entanglement with fishing gear associated with the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. The focal species protected Continue reading “New Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Regulations In Effect for 2020-2021 Season”

Upcoming Webinar to Introduce California Halibut Stock Assessment and Review Panel Findings

California halibut
California halibut
photo by M. Haggerty

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and California Ocean Science Trust invite interested members of the public, Tribes and Tribal communities, and stakeholders to an informational webinar about the California halibut stock assessment. The webinar will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, PST. Continue reading “Upcoming Webinar to Introduce California Halibut Stock Assessment and Review Panel Findings”