Management of Commercial Invertebrate Fisheries

Note: Links with an asterisk (*) lead to pages outside the CDFW Marine Region website.

The CDFW is primarily responsible for management of fishery resources within state waters. The CDFW formulates general state programs and policies concerning management and conservation of fish and invertebrate resources and establishes seasons, methods and limits for harvest. In California, this is done in concert with the governor-appointed California Fish and Game Commission and in cooperation with the State legislature for those species not managed exclusively by the Commission.

The following links lead to California commercial fishery management information for marine invertebrates:



California Spiny Lobster - Including Information On New Trap Limit And Other New Regulations

Crab - General

Dungeness Crab Trap Limit Program

The following links provide all the notices associated with the rulemaking file for state regulations to implement the Dungeness Crab Trap Limit Program as well supplemental information pertaining to the meeting summaries for the two link opens in new windowDungeness Crab Task Force meetings that were held in Spring 2012 to approve initial State regulations and Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife Administrative rules on which the replacement buoy tag procedures are based.

Dungeness Crab Task Force Meetings

Official Notices

Annual CDFW Accounting for Trap Limit Program

Supplemental Information

Sea Urchin

Shrimp and Prawn