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  • April 21, 2022

Wildlife officers have arrested eight men on suspicion of poaching white sturgeon from Sacramento Valley waterways, CDFW announced. The men face multiple charges, including intention to sell the fish and their products on the illegal market. At least two of the individuals are known repeat offenders. A ninth man was arrested on suspicion of selling Dungeness crab and red abalone on the illegal market.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Law Enforcement
  • April 21, 2022
Two 2021 deer tags rest on a tree stump along with assorted big game hunting gear.

Many California deer, elk and pronghorn hunters whose 2021 seasons were cut short or eliminated as a result of wildfires and public land closures are now able to seek a reinstatement of their preference points and receive refunds of their tag fees in some cases.

Categories: Big Game, Deer, Fire, Hunting
  • April 18, 2022
group of 8 environmental scientists and cannabis cultivators looking at a culvert on a large monitor

CDFW is holding a cannabis technical assistance workshop on May 12 in Nevada City. This pop-up technical workshop is ideal for new and legacy farmers as well as cannabis consultants.

Categories: Cannabis
  • April 15, 2022
Close-up of Chinook salmon heads

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces California recreational ocean salmon fishing season dates are now set for the remainder of 2022 and offer about the same number of open days as last year.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon
  • April 15, 2022
Five youth hunters kneeling in front of a CDFW Hunter Education van

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is bringing back in-person instruction as an option for prospective hunters to take the required hunter education course.

Categories: Education, Hunting, Licensing
  • April 13, 2022
closeup image of Dungeness crab

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and in accordance with regulations adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission for the recreational crab fishery.

Categories: Fisheries
  • April 13, 2022
Graphic of Cannabis Grant Program Funding Opportunities - URL wildlife.ca.gov/cannabisgrants

CDFW today announced two upcoming funding opportunities through the Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRGP).

Categories: Cannabis
  • April 11, 2022
Image of halibut

CDFW is pleased to announce the 2022 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will open Sunday, May 1 and remain open until November 15, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • April 8, 2022
A dog investigates a fish caught by anglers.

Dog owners in northern California are reminded to take precautions to protect their pets from Salmon Poisoning Disease. Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen only in dogs after they eat certain types of raw or cold smoked fish like trout and salmon that are infected with a bacteria-like organism, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which is transmitted by the parasitic flatworm (or “fluke”) Nanophyetes salmincola.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • April 6, 2022
hatchery worker in truck near water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that 21 of its 22 state fish hatcheries will reopen to the public on Thursday, April 7. The facilities have been closed to visitors for nearly two years during the Covid-19 pandemic, although hatchery operations and stocking efforts continued without significant interruption.

Categories: Education, Fisheries, Hatcheries

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