Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

In December 2016 and February 2017, CDFW hosted two public conference calls to provide stakeholders with a general introduction to the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), and to discuss a draft approach to scaling management efforts and storing fisheries data on a web-based portal. These two public conference calls were the first in a series of discussions that have been planned to help inform and guide key components of the MLMA Master Plan amendment process.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the next discussion in this series, which will take place as an agenda item during the Fish and Game Commission’s upcoming Marine Resources Committee meeting. Continue reading

Join Us: “MLMA 101” Orientation Conference Call

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public to learn about the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. We hope you will join us for a conversation about the upcoming process:

“Marine Life Management Act 101” Orientation
Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Conference Number: (218) 339-7804 | Conference ID: 7927150

Agenda (PDF)

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Updating the MLMA Master Plan: Committed to Improving Fishery Management through Greater Efficiency and Transparency

Snowy egret keeps watch over bay shrimp commercial trawl gear on San Francisco Bay. CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), together with our partners including tribes and stakeholders, is preparing to amend the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan. The amended MLMA Master Plan will be designed to:

  • Enhance the sustainability of the state’s ocean fisheries;
  • Help promote more efficient, effective, and streamlined fisheries management;
  • Establish a clear pathway detailing the management approach for each fishery, and
  • Foster transparency and flexibility in fisheries management with tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public. Continue reading

Recreational Fishing Regulations Supplement, Commercial Fishing Digest Now Available Online

fishing supplementThe 2016-2017 California Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement is now available for download on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. The supplement contains the final ocean salmon sport fishing regulations and seasons, as well as a minor update to the Pacific halibut regulations. Freshwater regulations for salmon and trout are also included. Paper copies will soon be available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold Continue reading

Last Day of Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Season South of Mendocino County Approaching

Dungeness crab    photo by K. Joe

Delays in opening the Dungeness crab season due to the unprecedented high levels of domoic acid in the crab have resulted in much less time on the water this season for both recreational and commercial crabbers. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public that the last day of the recreational and commercial fishing seasons south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line Continue reading