Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!

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Fishing at Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego

Where can you go to catch some tasty California ocean fish if you don’t have a recreational fishing license? Try one of the many free fishing piers, jetties, or breakwaters along the coast, where you can wet your line for fish such as perch, greenling, rockfish, and bass. A list of free fishing piers and a zoomable map of pier locations is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website to help you plan your pier fishing adventure. Continue reading “Want to Fish for Free? Come On Down to Your Local Public Pier!”

CDFW Releases Updated Draft Conservation Plan for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

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Crab boats docked in Bodega Bay harbor
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released an updated draft conservation plan for public review and comment that addresses protected species interactions in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

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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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New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California

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New trap buoy configuration
CDFW photo by P. Ward

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted new regulations for the recreational crab fishery in late 2020. The revised regulations include the following new requirements when fishing with crab traps: Continue reading “New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California”

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”