New Recreational Crab Regulations Aim to Reduce “Ghost Fishing” and More

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Measure Dungeness crab through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab must measure at least 5¾ inches across. CDFW illustration

This year, the recreational Dungeness crab season opens statewide on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The daily bag and possession limit for Dungeness crab remains ten crabs per day that are at least 5¾ inches across, measured by the shortest distance through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab can be taken in all ocean waters of the state where they occur, excluding San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Continue reading

CDFW Reminds Divers and Hoopnetters: Time to Submit Spiny Lobster Report Cards

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Scientific aid Jon Kurt holding a large spiny lobster during a 2007 lobster creel survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders that March 18 is the last day of the lobster fishing season and to return their report cards by April 30, 2015 as required by law. Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.

The cards need to be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online beginning March 20 Continue reading

CDFW Completes 2013 Calendar Year and 2013-2014 Full Season Lobster Report Card Analyses

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Hoopnetting for lobster

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed analyzing the most recent lobster report card data submitted by recreational lobster fishermen. In 2013, CDFW changed the timing of the lobster report cards to match the fishing season. Prior to the transition, lobster report cards were issued per calendar year and were valid for two halves of different fishing seasons. Now the report cards are valid from the last weekend of September through mid-March of the following year. The new program is designed to make it easier for lobster fishermen to report their activity in a more timely and efficient manner. Continue reading