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  • March 15, 2022
Fishing poles on ocean salmon boat

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open April 2 in ocean waters from Point Arena south to the U.S./Mexico border, with a minimum size limit of 24 inches. Openings for north of Point Arena will be determined in mid-April.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon
  • February 18, 2022
Several Dungeness crab caught inside a net and being hauled aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a statewide fleet advisory for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery due to a recent humpback whale entanglement, approximately 5 miles west of Cypress Point near Monterey Bay (Fishing Zone 4).

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • February 8, 2022
scientist holding chinook salmon

CDFW will hold its annual Salmon Information Meeting via webinar on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public meeting will feature the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries, in addition to a review of last year’s salmon fisheries and spawning escapement.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon
  • February 1, 2022
scientist with Pacific halibut on vessel

California anglers who are interested in the recreational Pacific halibut fishery are invited to participate in an online survey that will help inform the CDFW about angler preferences for open fishing dates during the upcoming 2022 season.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • January 12, 2022
Image of CDFW law enforcement vessel Thresher

A San Diego County judge recently imposed a $5,000 fine on a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (CPFV) operating in a Marine Protected Area (MPA), CDFW announced.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, General, Law Enforcement, Marine
  • January 4, 2022
angler holding orange fish with sharp fin spines

CDFW announces multiple changes to recreational rockfish sub-bag limits which are expected to take effect Jan. 6, 2022. The emergency regulations were adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission in mid-December to align with federal regulations for these species.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 16, 2021
Image of razor clam in sand

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham has closed the recreational razor clam fishery in Del Norte County following a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which, in consultation with the California Department of Public Health, determined that the consumption of razor clams taken from Del Norte County poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • December 15, 2021
A close-up image of a single Dungeness crab.

Recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing in Fishing Zone 3 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Pigeon Point) will open under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 9, 2021
Dungeness crab on boat

Fishing Zone 4 (Pigeon Point to Lopez Point) will open for recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. The commercial fishery will open in Zone 4 under a Fleet Advisory and Depth Constraint at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2021, with a pre-soak period to begin at 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, General, Marine
  • December 8, 2021
Wildlife officers pulling lobster trap from a poacher's boat

A five-month-long investigation on a commercial lobster poaching suspect concluded with a conviction in Los Angeles County Superior Court, CDFW announced.

Categories: General, Law Enforcement, Marine

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