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

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

Marine Region’s 2018 Year in Review Now Available!

report coverWhich fisheries were affected by domoic acid in 2018? What huge upgrade was kicked off last year for commercial landings reporting? What new fishery management plans were under development in 2018? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region 2018 Year in Review, now available on the CDFW Marine Region website!

The 28-page Review summarizes Marine Region activities in 2018, from abalone surveys to white seabass management. Over the last year, region staff worked to maintain and advance California fisheries management, monitoring, Continue reading

Pacific Herring FMP Peer Review Webinar to be Held on October 9

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently developing a Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan. California Ocean Science Trust, with support from the Ocean Protection Council, and at the request of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission, coordinated an external, independent peer review of the scientific and technical merits of the proposed management strategy within the draft fishery management plan.

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Final 2017 Commercial Landings Reports Now Available

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Commercial gillnetter with a deck full of Pacific Herring.
CDFW photo

The Final California Commercial Landings report for 2017 has been posted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. The report consists of summary tables that provide landings information by month, by port, and by area of California.

2017 commercial passenger fishing vessel (party/charter boat) landings have also been posted in summary table form. Continue reading