Agencies Mull Options to Prepare for Future Domoic Acid Events

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CDPH staff collects viscera from cooked crabs during domoic acid testing in 2015.   photo courtesy CDPH

In 2015 and 2016, there was an unprecedented bloom of a single-celled plant called Pseudo-nitzschia in ocean waters, which resulted in  elevated levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and rock crab. The elevated levels of domoic acid in crab along the West Coast impacted California fisheries from Santa Barbara to the Oregon Border.

The conditions that support the growth of Pseudo-nitzschia are impossible to predict, but tend to be more common in the warmer months Continue reading

Reminder: New Tuna Fillet-at-Sea Regulations, Bluefin Tuna Bag Limit In Effect

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Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis

Historically, Pacific bluefin tuna show up in California and Baja California waters each year during the late summer months. Last year, however, these sought-after tuna arrived in good numbers and never left, with 2016 catches occurring in pulses since February. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that new recreational regulations for Pacific bluefin Continue reading

Last Day of Northern California Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Approaches; New Crab Regulations to Take Effect Aug. 1

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Dungeness crab   photo by K. Joe

Although the Dungeness crab season was delayed in some parts of California until May this year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public that  the last day of the recreational Dungeness crab season is already nearly here. This Saturday, July 30, will be the last day of the season from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the California-Oregon border. The commercial fishing season for this area ended last Friday, July 15. Continue reading

Recreational Fishing Regulations Supplement, Commercial Fishing Digest Now Available Online

fishing supplementThe 2016-2017 California Sport Fishing Regulations Supplement is now available for download on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. The supplement contains the final ocean salmon sport fishing regulations and seasons, as well as a minor update to the Pacific halibut regulations. Freshwater regulations for salmon and trout are also included. Paper copies will soon be available wherever sport fishing licenses are sold Continue reading

Last Day of Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Season South of Mendocino County Approaching

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Dungeness crab    photo by K. Joe

Delays in opening the Dungeness crab season due to the unprecedented high levels of domoic acid in the crab have resulted in much less time on the water this season for both recreational and commercial crabbers. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public that the last day of the recreational and commercial fishing seasons south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line Continue reading