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Lobster Fishers: We Need Your Data!

Several lobsters crowded together in rock crevice underwater next to sea urchin
The April 30 deadline to turn in California spiny lobster report cards is fast approaching – and CDFW needs your catch data! The information collected from these is enormously helpful to CDFW scientists who monitor the harvest, amount of fishing effort and the gear used in the recreational fishery

Identifying the Oily “Fingerprint” at CDFW’s Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory

Man wearing white lab coat, clear safety goggles, and green gloves holding graduated cylinder with clear fluid in laboratory setting
You've seen television forensic dramas where sleuths use science to help find a killer. What many don’t know is these same types of similar techniques like fingerprinting can help investigators track down the source of an oil spill.

Biologists Work to Restore Kirman Lake’s Trophy Trout Fishery

Small green and brown spotted fish held in hands
It’s a question that has been asked by more than a few eastern Sierra trout anglers: What happened to the fishing at Kirman Lake?

New Issue of CDFW’s Scientific Journal Dives Deep into Marine Studies

Book cover with photo of orange fish and text that reads California Fish and Game Conservation of Wildlife Through Education Volume 105 Winter 2019 Number 1 Published Quarterly by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The latest issue of California Fish and Game, Vol. 105, Issue 1, focuses on marine species, bringing new insights and understanding of several fish species found off the California coast.