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  • May 21, 2021
two men, each holding a large silver fish on a boat

CDFW announces ocean salmon season openers for additional management areas along the California coast.

Categories: Fishing
  • May 18, 2021
large crab trap emptying on to boat

CDFW has been working with a diverse coalition of commercial fishing representatives, environmental organizations, scientists and agency partners to reduce the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in commercial fishing gear used by the Dungeness crab fleet

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species
  • May 3, 2021

CDFW completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Recent survey data indicate Humpback whales have begun to return from their winter breeding grounds to northern California fishing grounds.

Categories: Fishing, Wildlife
  • April 30, 2021
long, yellow clam in sand

After a five-year closure, the CDFW Director has re-opened the recreational razor clam fishery in Del Norte County following a recommendation from state health agencies that the consumption of razor clams in the area no longer poses a significant threat for domoic acid exposure.

Categories: Fishing
  • April 27, 2021
woman measuring large flat fish

CDFW is pleased to announce the 2021 recreational Pacific halibut fishery will open Saturday, May 1 and remain open until Nov. 15, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.

Categories: Fishing
  • March 19, 2021
abalone on ocean reef

While the spring season typically signals the start of the recreational red abalone season, CDFW reminds anglers that the northern California recreational red abalone fishery will remain closed until April 1, 2026

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species
  • March 18, 2021

CDFW just completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Recent survey data indicate most Humpback and Blue whales remain outside of the California fishing grounds, however a few Humpback whales have begun to return to Monterey Bay and the Gulf of the Farallones.

Categories: Fishing, Rare Species, Wildlife
  • March 11, 2021

California’s recreational salmon fishery will open in ocean waters on Saturday, April 3 in the Monterey management area, from Pigeon Point (37° 11’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S./Mexico border, with a minimum size limit of 24 inches.

Categories: Fishing
  • March 1, 2021

New freshwater sport fishing regulations which take effect on March 1, 2021, aim to simplify and streamline the laws regulating inland fishing while maintaining and protecting California’s fisheries.

Categories: Fishing
  • February 26, 2021

CDFW is pleased to announce new map-based flyers and an updated online web map will soon be available to assist recreational anglers with Rockfish Conservation Area waypoints and boundaries on the CDFW website.

Categories: Fishing

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