Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30

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California spiny lobster and red sea urchins
CDFW photo by D. Stein

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2020-2021 spiny lobster report card holders to mail their cards or submit them online by April 30, 2021, as required by regulations.

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Bull Kelp Working Group Launched

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Bull kelp washed up on beach
photo by R. Flores-Miller

In December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hosted the first Bull Kelp Working Group (BKWG) meeting. The BKWG process is part of the ongoing effort by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission to review and consider changes for the commercial harvest of marine algae. The aim of the BKWG is to collaboratively develop potential regulatory changes to manage commercial bull kelp harvest that will consider a regional approach and specific harvest methods and data needs. Continue reading “Bull Kelp Working Group Launched”

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”

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”

CDFW Questionnaire to Gather Grunion Hunter Knowledge

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California grunion spawning on a sandy Southern California beach

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to hear from California grunion hunters! A new questionnaire is available on the CDFW website to capture grunion hunters’ input. Your participation can help CDFW to better understand the recreational fishery. Continue reading “CDFW Questionnaire to Gather Grunion Hunter Knowledge”