Lobster Work Products

Much of the research that the Invertebrate Management Team completes to aid in the management of important commercial and recreational marine invertebrate fisheries is documented in the form of technical reports, data summaries, and scientific publications including the Fish and Game Quarterly. Invertebrate Management Team staff also engage and educate the public through Outdoor California articles, flyers, educational brochures and other venues. The following links provide access to CDFW's spiny lobster work products and publications that fall within the realm of fishery-dependent and fishery-independent research, and also educational outreach.

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  • CDFW Cites Lobster Poachers in Southern California
    CDFW News, December 2015
  • Draft Lobster FMP to be Presented at December Commission Meeting (11/23/2015) 

    CDFW is pleased to announce that a Draft CA Lobster FMP will be delivered to the Commission at its December meeting.

    At the December Fish and Game Commission (Commission) meeting in San Diego, CDFW will be delivering the Draft CA Lobster FMP to the Commission, which will start the public comment period on the Draft FMP. During the meeting, CDFW will present an overview of the Draft FMP and next step, after which there will be an opportunity for public comment on the Draft FMP at the meeting. The Draft FMP will be made publicly available on the Commission's website on December 3 as part of the December meeting materials and will also be available on CDFW's Lobster FMP page. 

    CDFW will not be presenting information on proposed regulations at this meeting. The start of the regulatory process for the FMP, LAC, and CDFW proposed regulations are currently scheduled for the Commission's February 2016 meeting. 

    View the December Commission meeting agenda (PDF)

    Current Commission Process Timeline for the FMP and Regulatory Package
    • December: Deliver the FMP to the Commission starting the public comment period.
    • February: Discussion hearing for the FMP and request to go to notice with the proposed regulations starting the 45-day comment period on the regulations.
    • April: Possible adoption of the FMP and Discussion hearing for the proposed regulations.
    • June: Possible adoption of the regulations.
    In addition, the Commission has transitioned to an electronic mailing list for distribution of their meeting and committee agendas along with public notice and other regulatory announcements. The new system allows for easy revisions to your contact information. If you want to join the Commission’s electronic mailing list to keep informed on proposed regulation changes for the recreational and commercial lobster fisheries and other Commission meetings and actions, please visit the Commission's website.
  • Recreational Spiny Lobster Season to Open Oct. 3
    CDFW News, October 2015
  • Good to Know: Lobster Report Card Non-Return Fees
    Marine Management News blog, September 2015
  • 2014-2015 Recreational Spiny Lobster Effort and Catch Estimates Available
    Marine Management News blog, August 2015
  • Due Date Rapidly Approaching for 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card
    CDFW News, April 2015
  • CDFW Reminds Divers and Hoopnetters: Time to Submit Spiny Lobster Report Cards
    Marine Management News blog, March 2015


  • CDFW Releases Draft Lobster Fishery Management Plan (11/20/2014)The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has drafted a Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to guide future management of the fishery. It is crucial that management decisions be based upon a foundation of the best available science, and therefore CDFW has asked the California Ocean Science Trust (OST) to coordinate an external scientific and technical review of the harvest control rule threshold reference points prescribed in the draft Lobster FMP and supporting materials. Harvest control rules are plans of action that prescribe adjustments in harvest regulations (e.g. fishing effort, allowable catch, minimum legal size) and are activated ("triggered") when a defined catch or biological limit, also known as a threshold reference point, is reached. CDFW is seeking an independent assessment of whether the technical components and supporting documents that underpin the proposed threshold reference points prescribed in the draft Lobster FMP are scientifically sound and reasonable given CDFW's currently available data streams and analysis techniques. For more information on the review process of the Lobster FMP please visit the California Ocean Science Trust website. CDFW is releasing the preliminary draft of the Lobster FMP during the scientific review process as a courtesy to constituents. Public feedback is not being solicited on the preliminary draft, as sections of the FMP could be revised as a result of the scientific peer review. The Lobster FMP is scheduled to be introduced to the Fish and Game Commission during the first quarter of 2015. At that time the formal public review process will begin and public comment on the Lobster FMP will be sought. For further information, contact Kai Lampson, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist. View the preliminary draft of the Lobster Fishery Management Plan (PDF)
  • CDFW Completes 2013 Calendar Year and 2013-2014 Full Season Lobster Report Card Analyses
    Marine Management News blog, August 2014
  • Due Date Rapidly Approaching for 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card
    CDFW News, April 2014
  • 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30, 2014
    CDFW News, April 2014
  • 2013 Abalone and Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by Jan. 31, 2014
    CDFW News, January 2014



  • DFG Wardens Cite Lobster Stealing Suspect
    CDFW News, October 2012
  • DFG Expands Online Services to Include Harvest Reporting
    CDFW News, September 2012
  • First Pair of Public Meetings Held for Development of the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan (PDF) (May 2012)
  • April Public Meetings Summary Page Now Available (5/23/2012)The California Department of Fish and Wildlife held two public meetings to share information about the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan process in April, 2012 detail along with Public comments, questions and answers.The meetings, which were held in Oxnard and Carlsbad, provided the public and interested organizations with an opportunity to learn more about CDFW's plans to develop a comprehensive Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan.
  • Lobster Advisory Committee Application Deadline Extended (4/24/2012)The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the date to receive applications for the Lobster Advisory Committee to May 11, 2012. The decision to extend the application deadline comes in response to input shared at recent public meetings to introduce the Lobster Fishery Management Plan process. CDFW is especially seeking applicants interested in representing southern California’s non-consumptive recreational public. The Lobster Advisory Committee has a crucial role in the development of the fishery management plan. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages public feedback and comment, as this will aid in the success of the Lobster Fishery Management Plan.
  • DFG Seeks Applicants for the Lobster Advisory Committee (4/10/2012)CDFW will begin accepting applications for the Lobster Advisory Committee (LAC) on April 11, 2012. All applications must be received by April 30, 2012. Final appointment to the Committee will be made by the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in consultation with CDFW Marine Region staff. Appointments will be announced no later than May 31, 2012.For more information and an application, or to apply online, go to the Spiny Lobster Advisory Committee page or contact Ms. Rosalyn McFarland at (805) 568-1231.The purpose of the LAC is to involve appointed representatives of constituent groups with providing advice, feedback, and recommendations to CDFW regarding the issues and actions that need to be taken during the development of a Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan. The LAC will give guidance on FMP objectives and end products, as well as provide ideas for management options that address the key issues put forth by constituents and members of the public. The LAC will be made up of twelve members and five alternates. These are structured as follows: two marine science members and one alternate (biological and environmental); three recreational members and one alternate (hoop net anglers and divers); three commercial members and one alternate (harvesters and buyers); two non-consumptive recreational members and one alternate (cultural and wildlife); one environmental organization member and one alternate (NGO); and one federal agency member. An alternate member will not be appointed for the federal agency member. Alternates are only required to attend specific LAC meetings if requested to serve as a temporary replacement for a Committee member. Subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the Lobster FMP News Service by sending a request to lobsterfmp@wildlife.ca.gov.
  • April Lobster FMP Public Meeting Agenda Available (PDF) (04/10/2012)
  • DFG Holds Public Meetings on Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan Process
    CDFW News, March, 2012
  • Lobster Tales: San Diego Bay - Haven for California Spiny Lobster (PDF)
    Outdoor California, January/February 2012
  • DFG Marine Wardens Snare Poacher Inside New Marine Protected Area
    CDFW News, January 2012