Annual Status of the Fisheries Reports The Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) of 1998 mandated that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife review at least one quarter of state-managed marine fisheries annually with a focus on species that are the subject of a directed recreational or commercial fishery. The report contains a history of the fishery, status of biological knowledge, status of the population, management considerations, and references to more surfperch information. Status of the Fisheries Reports for 2003: Surfperches (PDF) Species Included in the Status of Fisheries Reports for 2003 (PDF) Status of the Fisheries Reports for 2011: Surfperches (PDF) How to Externally Sex Surfperch (PDF) Fish Bulletins The Barred Surfperch (Ampistichus argenteus Agassis) in Southern California (1960) California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Bulletin 109 This bulletin provides a snapshot of the Southern California surf fishery in the 1950s, and discusses the following: aging methods; using different structures; fecundity; length-at-age; tagging and movement. Photos are also included. It was produced by three CDFW biologists to fill data gaps in the popular surf-zone fishery for what is still the most often-caught species in the sandy surf. The Marine Recreational Fishery in Northern and Central California (pages 111-139) (1995) California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Bulletin 176 This bulletin provides an in-depth analysis of recreational fishing trends for a variety of species, with special attention given to the surfperches. It outlines how species composition has changed over time from 1958 to 1968. It includes a discussion of how changes in the California Current might affect fisheries. Surfperch: A Popular Sport Fish Under Investigation (PDF) by Ken Oda, Marine Management News, December 2007 (PDF) This article describes the SFMP's interest in learning more about the surfperch fishery through surveying recreational anglers in central and southern California.