New Hoop Net Regulations in Effect

hoop nets
Type A hoop nets, set (R) and being pulled to the surface (L).
CDFW illustration

Hoop net users statewide will want to review new hoop net regulations that went into effect on October 31, 2022, especially since the recreational Dungeness crab season opened during a trap restriction this past Saturday.

Hoop nets may be used for Dungeness crab instead of traps during a trap restriction. Crabbers may also use crab snares Continue reading “New Hoop Net Regulations in Effect”

New CDFW Squid Fishery Advisory Committee Seeks Members

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is soliciting nominations for a new Squid Fishery Advisory Committee (SFAC), which will review and provide input on potential changes to market squid fishery management. Continue reading “New CDFW Squid Fishery Advisory Committee Seeks Members”

2021 “Year in Review” and “By the Numbers” Reports Now Available!

YIR and BTN covers

What did 2021 look like for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) Marine Region? It was not the year many of us hoped for, with continued challenges to research, data collection, and management activities as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on. Two overviews that outline the hurdles we faced as well as last year’s accomplishments are now available in the 2021 Year in Review and its companion document, 2021 By the Numbers. Continue reading “2021 “Year in Review” and “By the Numbers” Reports Now Available!”

CDFW Releases Updated Draft Conservation Plan for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Dungeness crab boats in harbor
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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