North Coast Salmon Season Dates Proposed

Earlier this week, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (“PFMC”) adopted recreational and commercial ocean salmon season recommendations for the West Coast, including the North Coast of California. The proposed recreational salmon season on the north coast, from the Oregon/California border south to Horse Mountain, runs from June 1 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. The proposed commercial season is more … Read More

Abalone Fishery Closed for 2018

The California Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted earlier this week to close the sport abalone fishery statewide for the entirety of 2018. The decision follows several years of increased restrictions on the fishery including reduced season length, bag limits, and other measures aimed at lowering the number of abalone harvested. Despite these measures, scientific surveys show declining abalone populations … Read More

Abalone Sport Season Opens May 1

California’s 2017 red abalone sport fishing season is set to open on May 1st. The 2017 season opener is delayed from the traditional opening date of April 1st, and will close one month earlier as well, on October 31st. Additionally, the annual bag limit is reduced from 18 abalone to 12. Other abalone sport fishing regulations remain unchanged. The California … Read More

Federal Assistance for North Coast Crab Fishermen

Humboldt County is famous for its Dungeness crab fishery, and crab fishing is vital to its local economy and the many crab fishermen who harvest the tasty crustaceans.  Unfortunately, this year’s season was canceled due to health concerns from an unacceptable level of a neurotoxin detected in tests. It was today announced that Federal assistance for affected fisherman may be … Read More

Transferring a Salmon Permit from a Lost Vessel

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates and facilitates the issuance, maintenance, and transfers of California commercial salmon permits. In general, permits can be transferred between vessels in certain circumstances, including upon the loss, theft, or destruction of the permitted vessel. Transfers following one of these events, however, are subject to strict restrictions and time limits. Applications to transfer … Read More