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In-Season Ocean Fishing Regulation Changes

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This page contains information about unscheduled, in-season regulation changes for recreational and commercial ocean fishing in 2017.

CDFW is required to notify the public of in-season regulation changes for groundfish at least 10 days before the new regulations becomes effective, via news release.

"The department shall give the public and the National Marine Fisheries Service no less than 10 days notice of any fishery closure or rule change implemented pursuant to this Section via a department news release." - Section 27.20(f) of Title 14, link opens in new windowCalifornia Code of Regulations

Further information may be obtained by calling your local CDFW office. You may also sign up for the Marine Region News Service to receive automatic notification of in-season regulation changes.


News Releases, Updates and Informational Notices

January 25, 2018

Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closure Lifted Near Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands

January 16, 2018

Open Area of Commercial Rock Crab Fishery to be Extended to Salt Point, Sonoma County

January 10, 2018

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season to Open in Northern California


Summary of Regulation Changes

January 25, 2018

The October 24, 2017 commercial spiny lobster fishery closure area has been reopened effective January 25, 2018. State health agencies determined that consumption of spiny lobster taken from this area no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure. The recreational fishery for spiny lobster remains open statewide, and the warning from the California Department of Public Health regarding avoid consuming the viscera (internal organs, or tomalley) of spiny lobster from the commercial fishery's closed areas has been lifted.

January 16, 2018

The commercial rock crab fishery area has been extended to Salt Point in Sonoma County, following a recommendation from state health agencies.

January 10, 2018

The northern California Dungeness crab fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties is set to open at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, January 15.



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