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  • November 19, 2021
crab pot (trap) aboard commercial crab boat

Humpback whales have migrated out of Fishing Zones 1 and 2 and crabs there have passed quality testing, which means that the commercial fishery north of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the Oregon state line will open on Dec. 1, giving commercial crabbers the opportunity to get crab on tables and menus before the year is out.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • November 5, 2021
pile of Dungeness crab

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps, hoop nets and snares is allowed starting tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) and in Fishing Zones 5 and 6 (the area south of Lopez Point, Monterey County).

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • November 1, 2021
Image of Dungeness crab on fishing vessel

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps in Fishing Zones 3 and 4, (from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point) will be temporarily restricted when the season opens on Nov. 6 due to presence of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles and the potential for entanglement from trap gear.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • October 27, 2021
Image of Dungeness crab

New regulations adopted by the Fish and Game Commission authorize the CDFW Director to restrict the use of crab traps in the beginning and end of the recreational Dungeness crab season due to marine life entanglement risk

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • October 15, 2021

At its October meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few items of interest from yesterday’s meeting.

Categories: Deer, FGC, Fisheries, Hunting, Marine
  • October 13, 2021
A sea otter swims on its back with its belly up.

Extended tax filers are nearing the final 2020 filing deadline with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Friday, Oct. 15 is the last day to pay state taxes – and there’s a simple way for extended filers to have a positive impact on our native threatened and endangered species on their California Income Tax Form 540.

Categories: Marine, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • October 4, 2021
A hatchery worker shows off an adult spring-run Chinook salmon.

CDFW and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have announced a joint effort at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Butte County to aid in offsetting impacts to spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon resulting from this year’s extreme drought conditions.

Categories: Fisheries, Hatcheries, Marine, Salmon
  • October 4, 2021

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • September 23, 2021
California spiny lobster in water

California’s recreational spiny lobster season is set to kick off Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at 6 a.m., continuing through March 16, 2022. Last year’s season was particularly active, likely driven by residents looking for opportunities for outdoor activities during COVID-19 lockdowns.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine

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