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

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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”

Enhanced Status Reports on California Ocean Species Now Available

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Enhanced Status Report on barred sand bass

Editor’s Note: On July 10, 2020 the interim web page described here was removed from the CDFW website and replaced by the Marine Species Portal.

A selection of new Enhanced Status Reports (ESRs) for marine fish and invertebrates is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Marine Species Information web page.

The goal of ESRs is to provide an overview of the species, fishery, Continue reading “Enhanced Status Reports on California Ocean Species Now Available”

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California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan

At its October 10, 2019 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP). The Herring FMP establishes a cohesive strategy to guide the sustainable management of California’s commercial and recreational Pacific herring fisheries, as required by the Marine Life Management Act. Continue reading “California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan”

Final Draft of California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Submitted to Fish and Game Commission

herring FMP coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife reached an important milestone on September 24, 2019 with the submission of the Final Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan to the California Fish and Game Commission. The Commission will consider adopting the fishery management plan and regulations that implement the plan at their October 9-10, 2019 meeting in Valley Center, California.


post by Thomas Greiner, CDFW Environmental Scientist

Webinar Invitation: Prioritizing California’s Fisheries for Management Efforts

This post was updated on October 17, 2019.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Tribes and Tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to join an informational webinar to learn about the state’s efforts to develop a list of priority fisheries as directed Continue reading “Webinar Invitation: Prioritizing California’s Fisheries for Management Efforts”