Bull kelp canopy at the ocean’s surface photo by K. Elsmore
The California Fish and Game Commission has adopted regulation amendments and new regulations for commercial harvest of kelp and other marine algae that will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
The amended regulations include temporary changes that expire on Jan. 1, 2026.
Continue reading “Upcoming Changes to Commercial Harvest Regulations for Kelp and Other Marine Algae”
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”
Spiny lobster den surrounded by sea urchins. CDFW photo by D. Stein
Hoop nets may be used by those fishing for lobster recreationally. CDFW photo by D. Stein
Measuring a spiny lobster carapace to determine whether it meets the minimum recreational size requirement. CDFW photo by D. Stein
Happy Autumn! For many of us, that means apple picking and pumpkin spice… everything! For both recreational and commercial fishermen along California’s southern coast, it signifies the start of spiny lobster fishing season.
Continue reading “‘Tis the Season for Saltwater “Bugs” – California Spiny Lobster Season Opens Soon”
Grunion run. CDFW photo
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to inform all who fish for or collect California grunion (
Leuresthes tenuis) that the California Fish and Game Commission has recently adopted new grunion sport fishing regulations. Continue reading “New Recreational Grunion Regulations Starting June 1”
Collecting halibut length, sex, and age data from a commercial trawl landing to inform the stock assessment, at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. CDFW photo by K. Lesyna
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is committed to working with stakeholders to evaluate the needs of the California halibut fishery and community. Since holding
two public webinars in summer/fall 2021, CDFW staff have made advances in several priority areas, as outlined below.
To improve the performance and accuracy of the California halibut 2020 Stock Assessment
Continue reading “Evaluating the Needs of the California Halibut Fishery: A Progress Report”