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  • August 4, 2022
halibut on a boat with scientist standing over

CDFW has announced the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Sunday, Aug. 7 at 11:59 p.m. Based on the latest catch projections, CDFW expects the 2022 California recreational quota of 38,740 net pounds will be exceeded unless the fishery is closed.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Species
  • July 28, 2022
Close up of a copper rockfish on a boat deck

Significant changes to California’s groundfish sport fishing regulations are expected starting next year, in response to recent scientific information suggesting some nearshore groundfish species are in decline. To reduce pressure on these stocks, fishing seasons will be shorter in nearshore waters, but new opportunities in deeper water are anticipated.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • July 15, 2022
Southern California steelhead swimming

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).

Categories: FGC, Fisheries, Fishing, Rare Species, Trout
  • July 15, 2022
Two people in silhouette fishing in a river at day break with mountains in the background

CDFW is asking recreational anglers to begin “Hoot Owl” practices when fishing – voluntarily changing how, when and where they fish to minimize stress and mortality among fish populations suffering from drought conditions.

Categories: Drought, Fishing, Salmon, Trout, Wildlife Health
  • June 17, 2022
Small salmon smolts jump and squirm in a dip net hovering over water in a harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is nearing the completion of its efforts to transport 19.7 million hatchery-raised fall-run and 960,000 spring-run juvenile Chinook salmon (known as smolts) to the San Pablo Bay, San Francisco Bay and seaside net pens this spring and summer.

Categories: Drought, Fisheries, Fishing, Hatcheries, Salmon
  • 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
  • February 22, 2022
Panoramic view of a bridge and riverbed, part of the Roy’s Pools restoration project to benefit coho salmon.

CDFW today announced the award of funding to an initial 15 multi-benefit restoration and protection projects for North Coast coho salmon recovery under its Proposition 1 grant program.

Categories: Grants, Habitat Restoration, Salmon
  • December 22, 2021
swollen stream flowing between brushy banks

CDFW today announced the selection of 15 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

Categories: Fisheries, Habitat Restoration
  • November 29, 2021

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.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing
  • 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

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