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 2020.

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

August 7, 2020

Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery to End Aug. 11

Summary of Regulation Changes

August 7, 2020

During the last week of July and beginning of August, CDFW field staff recorded a record high number of Pacific halibut being caught, which quickly filled the remainder of the annual California recreational Pacific halibut quota. Formal authority to close the fishery resides with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which took action to close the fishery following consultation with CDFW. The fishery closed at 11:59 p.m., August 11, 2020.