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 Seeks Recommendations for Pacific Fishery Management Council Member

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California commercial salmon troller
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking for recommendations to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The Member At-Large seat expires Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Pacific Fishery Management Council Member”

Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill

Oil spill clean-up efforts under way
Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. A unified command has been established to respond to and clean up the oil spill off the California coast. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo

Notification from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. Continue reading “Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill”

Additional Relief for the California Fishing Industry: Consolidated Appropriations Act (CARES II) Update

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Commercial purse seiner at the dock.
CDFW photo by T. Nguyen

On March 29, 2021, NOAA Fisheries announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working on a revised spend plan for California funds that will be submitted to NOAA Fisheries for approval. Fishery participants eligible to receive funding include commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, and processors and dealers participating in marine and anadromous fisheries.

Continue reading “Additional Relief for the California Fishing Industry: Consolidated Appropriations Act (CARES II) Update”

Watch Out for Coho Salmon in California’s Ocean Fisheries

A photo showing how to identify coho salmon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds ocean sport anglers to be vigilant about properly identifying their salmon before landing them.

The ocean salmon fishing season in the Monterey management area is well under way and areas to the north will open in late June. Coho (or silver) salmon, a protected species, are most likely to be encountered during late spring and early summer. Proper identification is critical for their survival. Continue reading “Watch Out for Coho Salmon in California’s Ocean Fisheries”