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  • May 20, 2022

California’s recreational ocean salmon season is underway, and so is the CDFW ocean salmon monitoring program. Anglers are encouraged to assist CDFW employees or agents who ask about their trip or request to examine the catch, as the information collected is essential to the science needed to support continued ocean salmon fishing opportunities in future years.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon, Scientific Study, Species
  • May 16, 2022
Grunion on the beach at night

Earlier this year, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulatory changes to increase the length of the seasonal closure and create a bag and possession limit for grunion, an iconic species found in California and Baja California.

Categories: Education, Fisheries, Marine
  • April 15, 2022
Close-up of Chinook salmon heads

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces California recreational ocean salmon fishing season dates are now set for the remainder of 2022 and offer about the same number of open days as last year.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine, Salmon
  • 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
  • March 1, 2022
Dungeness crabs on fishing vessel

Wildlife officers from the CDFW Marine Enforcement Division have noticed an uptick in the number of commercial Dungeness crab cases in North Coast waters since December 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, General
  • February 18, 2022

At its February 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 this week’s meeting.

Categories: FGC
  • 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
  • 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
  • August 31, 2021
woman measuring Pacific halibut on fishing vessel

CDFW has announced that the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will reopen on Friday, Sept. 3 at 12 a.m. and remain open until Nov. 15 or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier.

Categories: Fisheries, Species

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