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2022-2024 News Releases

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  • February 14, 2024
person measuring caught halibut

California stakeholders are invited to submit angler preferences for open fishing dates for the 2024 recreational Pacific halibut season via an online survey.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • January 11, 2024
Map of crab fishing zones off of the California coastline.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the U.S./Mexico border (Central Management Area: Fishing Zones 3-6) under a 50 percent trap reduction beginning Jan. 18, 2024, at 12:01 a.m. with a 64-hour pre-soak to begin on Jan. 15, 2024, at 8 a.m.

Categories: Dungeness Crab, Environment, Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 20, 2023
Map shows California crab zones

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line (Fishing Zones 1 and 2) under a Fleet Advisory beginning Jan. 5, 2024 at 12:01 a.m. with a 64-hour pre-soak to begin on Jan. 2, 2024 at 8:01 a.m.

Categories: Dungeness Crab, Fisheries, Marine
  • December 12, 2023
Photo shows fish passage structure to be replaced

CDFW today announced the selection of 26 projects that will receive a collective $14 million to protect, restore and enhance the freshwater habitats of salmon and steelhead in northern California.

Categories: Fisheries, Grants, Salmon
  • December 7, 2023
A map of California fishing zones.

CDFW is continuing the temporary recreational crab trap restriction from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point, Monterey County, (Fishing Zones 3 and 4) due to the presence of humpback whales and the potential for entanglement of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles with trap gear.

Categories: Dungeness Crab, Fisheries, Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife

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