Marine Region’s 2018 By the Numbers Report Now Available!

report coverWhich California port totaled up the most valuable commercial landings in 2018? How many saltwater sport fishing trips did anglers and divers undertake last year? How many ocean-based scientific collecting permits did the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) issue in 2018? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region: 2018 By the Numbers report, now available on the CDFW website!

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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 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”

Understanding Depth Limits in the Recreational Groundfish Fishery

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California Groundfish Management Areas  map by CDFW Marine Region GIS Lab

New recreational groundfish regulations went into effect in 2017, including changes to depth limits in some areas of the state. These changes provide more opportunity than before, opening areas that have been closed for many years.

With the regulation changes have come questions from the public asking for clarification regarding how depths are defined. We hope the explanation provided here will enable all California sportsmen and women to understand and follow the depth limit regulations.

Since 2002, Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) have been used to close waters of certain depths to fishing for groundfish. The RCAs were established to help protect and rebuild overfished stocks, by prohibiting groundfish fishing in places where these stocks are most frequently encountered. Continue reading “Understanding Depth Limits in the Recreational Groundfish Fishery”

New Groundfish Regulation Implementation Delayed

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Vermilion rockfish, one of more than 90 species of groundfish found in state waters.   CDFW photo by A. Maguire

UPDATE – Late on Feb 3, 2017 the federal government announced that 2017-2018 recreational and commercial groundfish regulations would go into effect on Feb. 7, 2017. View updated recreational groundfish regulation summaries here.

On Jan. 20, 2017, White House staff on behalf of President Trump implemented a regulatory freeze to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees had the opportunity to review any new or pending federal regulations. This freeze includes Continue reading “New Groundfish Regulation Implementation Delayed”