POSTPONED: Prioritizing State-Managed Fisheries: Informational Update and Discussion Set for July 30

meeting postponedThis post was updated on September 24, 2019

WEBINAR RESCHEDULED: Please see updated information for this webinar.

WEBINAR POSTPONED: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upcoming webinar on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 PM PST (see box, right) has been postponed. We appreciate your understanding regarding this last-minute change. We look forward to sharing details about the new webinar date and time as soon as possible.

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Updated Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Available for Public Comment

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The Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP), updated August 8, 2019, is available for public comment. Continue reading “Updated Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Available for Public Comment”

2019 Recreational and Commercial Fishing Regulations Available for Download

Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and Commercial Fishing Regulations Digest are now available on the CDFW website.

Ocean Sport Fishing
With the 2019 sport saltwater fishing season taking off, it’s a good time to grab the annual Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet and review ocean fishing regulations. There have been a few changes, so recreational anglers will want to take note.

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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. Continue reading “California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Close Statewide April 15, 2019”

California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019

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The Lingcod daily bag and possession limit changed in 2019.
CDFW photo by M. Parker

On December 12, 2018 the California Fish and Game Commission took action to modify regulations for groundfish fishing. The changes went into effect January 2, 2019.

While many of the changes are good news and reflect improvements in the status of several species, not all changes resulted in increased opportunities for the recreational groundfish fishery. For California Groundfish Management Areas south of 40°10’ N latitude (near Cape Mendocino in northern CaliforniaContinue reading “California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019”