Recent News Releases Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill 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. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that a threat to public health is likely by fishing in the affected area or consuming fish or shellfish that may have been affected by the spill. OEHHA recommended this fishery closure to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) Administrator, Thomas Cullen, signed the closure on behalf of CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. The closure is in effect until lifted. This closure document includes a detailed map of the initially closed areas. The extent of the closure will change as conditions and factors in the area change. Media Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 212-7352 Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine Tagged: Oil SpillSouthern CaliforniaFishing Closure Related Articles Southern California Fisheries Closure Lifted At 11:59 a.m. tomorrow the fisheries closure that was implemented following the Southern California oil spill will be lifted. Fishing can resume midday tomorrow. Public Invited to Comment on Petition to List Southern California Steelhead as Endangered CDFW has initiated a status review for Southern California steelhead and invites data or comments on a petition to list Southern California steelhead as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). September 2021 California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar September 2021 CDFW Calendar Wildlife Rehabbers Get Support from California’s Taxpayers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Many of California’s wildlife rehabilitators have received much-needed financial assistance through the new Native Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Program. Of the 84 permitted wildlife rehab facilities in California, 47 applied for and will receive funding totaling $547,000 in the 2022 grant cycle. CDFW Announces Closure of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Off Central California to Protect Humpback Whales CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and announced the closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the U.S./Mexico border) effective at noon on April 8, 2022. New Surcharge on Bird Hunting Validations to Provide Nesting Habitat for Waterfowl, Upland Game Birds in California State legislation to incentivize the creation of upland nesting habitat for ducks and other ground-nesting game birds in California will result in a $10 surcharge on the price of both the California Duck Validation and the Upland Game Bird Validation next hunting season. Comments are closed.