California Department of Fish and Wildlife News
The following are snippets/links from the DFW’s newletter emails
CDFW Invites Public Comment on Development of Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan
February 17, 2015
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking public input to inform the development of a red abalone fishery management plan (FMP). A new online survey to collect public opinions on red abalone management can be accessed on the CDFW website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Invertebrates/Abalone/Survey.
Those wishing to complete the survey by mail instead of through the website can write to CDFW, attn. Jerry Kashiwada, 32330 North Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, CA 95437 or call (707) 964-5791 to request the survey forms. The survey will run until March 6, so interested parties should complete the survey as soon as possible.
The red abalone FMP will build off current management of the northern California red abalone sport fishery as outlined in the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan, as well as meet requirements for fisheries management in the Marine Life Management Act.
The initial phase of FMP development included four public workshops in 2014 that identified key areas of interest. The current online survey is based on results from the workshops and is intended to reach a broader audience and help ensure the abalone management framework developed under the FMP addresses the interests and concerns of the public.
More details about abalone management and the FMP process can be found on the CDFW website at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/abalone.asp.
Jerry Kashiwada, CDFW Marine Region, (707) 964-5791
New Recreational Groundfish Regulations Now in Effect
March 11, 2015 kmacinty
Black and yellow groundfish
The California Fish and Game Commission adopted several changes to the current recreational groundfish regulations that apply to ocean fishing in state waters up to three miles from shore. The new regulations were adopted by the Commission at its Feb. 11 meeting, and became effective March 10.
The open season dates and allowable fishing depths for the recreational Groundfish Management Areas are as follows:
Northern – Open May 15 through Oct. 31, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less
Mendocino – Open May 15 through Oct. 31, in 20 fathoms (120 feet) or less
San Francisco – Open April 15 through Dec. 31, in 30 fathoms (180 feet) or less
Central – Open April 1 through Dec. 31, in 40 fathoms (240 feet) or less
Southern – Open March 1 through Dec. 31, in 60 fathoms (360 feet) or less
Staff from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) worked closely with recreational stakeholders to develop the regulations prior to submission to and approval by the Commission. “The changes are designed to allow as much fishing opportunity as possible while remaining within allowable catch limits,” said Marci Yaremko, CDFW’s State/Federal Fisheries Program Manager. “However, as we do each year, we will be closely monitoring catches up and down the state during the open season to ensure we don’t exceed any limits.”
Other changes include:
An increase in the lingcod bag limit from two to three fish
A sub-bag limit of five black rockfish within the 10-fish Rockfish, Cabezon, Greenling (RCG) complex bag limit
Statewide closure of the California scorpionfish fishery from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31
Take and possession of bronzespotted rockfish, canary rockfish, cowcod and yelloweye rockfish will remain prohibited statewide.
For more information about recreational groundfish regulations and to stay informed of in-season changes, please call the Recreational Groundfish Hotline at (831) 649-2801 or check CDFW’s Marine Region Groundfish Central website at www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/groundfishcentral/index.asp.
Anglers and Divers Can Now Report Harvest Results Online
Posted: 02 Jan 2013 12:53 PM PST
Reporting requirements for anglers and divers have not changed, but this online submission option makes the reporting faster and easier. By providing harvest details more quickly, fisheries managers can more promptly put the information to use.
Guide to Northern California Marine Protected Areas Now Available Online
Contact: Mary Patyten, DFW Marine Region, (707) 964-5026 Media Contact: Jordan Traverso, DFW Communications, (916) 654-9937 The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) has released the Guide to the Northern California Marine Protected Areas. This full-color guide includes maps with identifiable landmarks, shoreline boundary images and existing regulations for marine protected areas (MPAs) along the ...
Updated Guide to Central California Marine Protected Areas Now Available Online
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 01:01 PM PST
“The public has asked us for assistance in identifying local MPA boundaries on-site and that is just what this enhanced guide provides,” said Paul Hamdorf, Acting DFW Marine Region Manager.