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Delayed Recreational and Commercial Spiny Lobster Fisheries to Open in Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • October 12, 2023
A close-up, underwater image of a spiny lobster on the sea floor.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a declaration (PDF) to rescind the delay and open the recreational and commercial spiny lobster fisheries off Los Angeles and Orange counties following a recommendation (PDF) from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Based on samples examined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), OEHHA determined that the consumption of spiny lobster in these areas no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure. In addition, CDPH has lifted a health advisory for spiny lobster that was in place for neighboring areas.

The recreational spiny lobster fishery will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 in the previously delayed area between the Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area and the westernmost point of the Long Beach Breakwater. After this date, recreational lobster fishing will be open without advisories in all portions of the state regularly open to divers and hoop netters. The commercial spiny lobster fishery will open one hour prior to sunrise on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the previously delayed area. Commercial traps are allowed to be deployed wired open in this area, but they may not be baited until one hour prior to sunrise on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Samples of spiny lobster collected on Oct. 2 and 9 indicated that all domoic acid levels were below the federal action level of ≥20 parts per million.

More information on recreational spiny lobster fishing regulations can be found on CDFW’s recreational lobster fishing web page including FAQs.


Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 212-7352

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing

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