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What’s New for 2018?

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations California Saltwater Fishing

Ocean Salmon, Pacific Halibut (Effective January 1, 2018)

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted Section 1.95, Title 14, CCR, which describes a new process through which State recreational fishing regulations for ocean salmon and Pacific halibut will automatically conform to federal regulations for those species. This new process will be used beginning with the 2018 fishing season, and eliminates the need to adopt changes to regulations for these species through the Commission rulemaking process. Anglers who wish to participate in the federal regulation development process for these fisheries should visit the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s website (www.pcouncil.org) for more information on how to get involved.

For the most up-to-date information, anglers are advised to call the National Marine Fisheries Service hotline at (800) 662-9825 or visit the CDFW website for ocean salmon regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/oceansalmon and for Pacific halibut regulations at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/marine/pacific-halibut.

Red Abalone (Effective April 1, 2018)

Because poor environmental conditions have caused major reductions in northern California red abalone populations, the red abalone fishery is closed for 2018. In the coming year, the Fish and Game Commission may approve a new Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan and determine whether or not the closure should be extended beyond 2018.

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