Creature Feature: Vermilion Rockfish

vermilion rockfish illustration by Amadeo BacharNote: Recreational fishing regulations for this species include depth constraints, seasonal closures, gear restrictions, and beginning January 1, 2021 a new sub-bag limit of five fish. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions flyer for more information about the sub-bag limit. As regulations can change in-season, anglers are encouraged to check the Marine Region website or call the Recreational Groundfish hotline at (831) 649-2801 prior to fishing for current regulations.  Continue reading “Creature Feature: Vermilion Rockfish”

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

Vermilion rockfish
photo © katastrophe1 CC BY-NC 2.0

If you are a recreational angler or spearfisher and plan on fishing for rockfish, lingcod, California scorpionfish (sculpin), and other species of “groundfish” in 2021, continue reading to learn about important regulation changes that will take effect in the new year. Anglers and spearfishers should check CDFW’s website for the current regulations before fishing for groundfish, and are advised that some groundfish regulations printed in the 2020-21 ocean sport fishing regulations book will be out of date starting January 1, 2021.

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cambria State Marine Conservation Area

Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
CDFW photo by L. Slatoff

Along Highway 1 nestled between the cities of San Simeon and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County is a 5.8 mile stretch of beautiful coastline and the Cambria State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA).

Map of Cambria State Marine Conservation Area/State Marine Park
Cambria State Marine Conservation Area/State Marine Park* (click to enlarge)
CDFW map by Marine Region GIS Lab

Regulations for Cambria SMCA, and its neighbor to the south, White Rock SMCA, were adopted by the Fish and Game Commission in 2006 and went into effect in 2007 as part of the first regional implementation phase of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). Passed in 1999, the MLPA mandated California create a science-based ecologically connected network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cambria State Marine Conservation Area”

California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019

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”