Evaluating the Needs of the California Halibut Fishery: A Progress Report

Data collection at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Collecting halibut length, sex, and age data from a commercial trawl landing to inform the stock assessment, at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is committed to working with stakeholders to evaluate the needs of the California halibut fishery and community. Since holding two public webinars in summer/fall 2021, CDFW staff have made advances in several priority areas, as outlined below.

2020 Stock Assessment
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Fishery Scientists Share Salmon Abundance, Spawning Numbers at Virtual Information Meeting

chinook salmon on deck
Chinook salmon
photo by K. Morgenstern

At the virtual Salmon Information Meeting today, fishery scientists presented updates on the numbers of spawning salmon that returned to California’s rivers in 2021 and shared the expected abundance for the upcoming fishing season.

The 2022 ocean abundance projection for Sacramento River fall Chinook, a main salmon stock harvested in California waters, is estimated at 396,500 adult salmon, higher than the 2021 forecast. The Klamath River fall Chinook abundance forecast also came in slightly above the 2021 forecast, with 200,100 adult Klamath River fall Chinook salmon predicted to be in the ocean this year, a value that remains well below the stock’s historical levels. Continue reading “Fishery Scientists Share Salmon Abundance, Spawning Numbers at Virtual Information Meeting”

Nominations Sought for California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

Point Bonita, Golden Gate Bridge
Point Bonita
CDFW photo by R. Bartling

The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group is seeking nominations for representatives to serve on the Working Group, beginning March 2022. Nominees would represent the commercial fishing sector for the San Francisco Bay area (Fishing Zone 3) and Fort Bragg area (Fishing Zone 2). Continue reading “Nominations Sought for California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group”

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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One Week Left to Apply! CARES II Applications Due Nov. 17

herring boat
Commercial herring boat off Sausalito
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all eligible California commercial license/permit holders that applications for additional financial assistance for COVID-19 related impacts are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Fishery participants eligible to receive funding include commercial fishing businesses, Continue reading “One Week Left to Apply! CARES II Applications Due Nov. 17”