Management of Recreational 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 recreational fishery management information for marine invertebrates:


California Spiny Lobster


News Releases


Red Abalone

Magazine and Newsletter Articles

News Releases


Return your lobster report cards by April 30 following the season closure to:

Our online harvest reporting system

If you do not have readily available access to internet, you may also submit the report card to:

Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123