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Taking Game in California Waters?


Below you'll find information and Web sites that you'll want to check out when planning the taking of game in California waters on your dives.

NOTE: It's your responsibility to be aware of ALL NEW and EVER CHANGING California sport fishing regulations!


Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch: Seafood WATCH Pocket Guide
To help consumers - and spearfishing divers - make informed choices, carry the pocket guide thatŐs right for your region to help you choose ocean-friendly seafood wherever you live or travel. Site features wallet size cards you can download. Options include: Best Choices, Good Alternatives and Avoid.


California Department of Fish and Wildlife: CDFW Home Page
Questions on taking fish, lobster and abalone? They can be answered here. Fishing regulations and fees are subject to change. Be sure to visit the Fish & Wildlife's Web site for the latest rules and regulations.

Be sure to get a fishing license ($47.01) if your diving includes spearfishing, abalone diving, lobster trips, etc. Sport Fishing Licenses Fees (Subject to Change Without Notice): Fishing Licenses

NEW 2017 Abalone Regulations Report Card ($22.42): Harvesting abalone is ONLY during the months of: May, June, August and October. You're limited to 3 in possession and 12 a year. Of those 12, no more than 9 can be from Sonoma and Marin Counties; Each abalone report card will include 12 detachable tags, one of which must be affixed to any abalone taken with a 'zip tie.' The date, time, and location of each abalone taken must be recorded on both the tag and the card; You must have both with you if on a boat or dive kayak AND when diving from shore; You must mail it to CDFW or report on-line at end of the year. Refer to the new regulations for complete reporting requirements: Abalone Regulations & Information

For a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on abalone regulations visit the Dept of Fish & Wildlife's Web page: Abalone FAQs

Lobster diving requires an additional "Ocean Enhancement" stamp ($5.14). SPINY LOBSTER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS People fishing for, or taking spiny lobster, will need to have a lobster report card in possession ($9.46). Refer to the new regulations for complete reporting requirements: California Spiny Lobster Regulations

For a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on spiny lobster regulations are at the bottom the Dept of Fish & Wildlife's Web page: Invertebrates of Interest: California Spiny Lobster


California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations: Sport Fishing Regulations

Here you can find the rules and regulations, changes, announcements, fish identificartion guides and additional information for fishing in California ocean waters.


California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map Regulations Map

Here you can find the portion of the California coast where you plan to fish, and you will access a printer-friendly summary of current Sport Fishing Regulations for that area. The page for each area lists the months, fish species, size, and limits of fish you can take.

The information is supposed to be updated when any changes occur, but don't count on it!


California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) MLPA Information

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are separate geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. There are three types of MPAs designated (or recognized) in California: state marine reserve (SMR), state marine park (SMP) and state marine conservation area (SMCA). The state of California has been split into four "Management Areas" for recreational sportfishing. These California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations areas include:

  • North Management Area
    California-Oregon Border to near Cape Mendocino(40deg10' N. latitude)

  • Central Management Area: North-Central Section
    Near Cape Mendocino (40deg10' N. latitude) to Near Point Lopez (36deg00' N. latitude)

  • Central Management Area: South-Central Section
    Near Point Lopez (36deg00' N. latitude) to Point Conception (34deg27' N. latitude)

  • South Management Area
    Point Conception (34deg27' N. latitude) to the U.S.-Mexican Border

    REMEMBER: It's your responsibility to be aware of ALL NEW and EVER CHANGING regulations!


    The Coastside Fishing Club: Coastside Fishing Club
    This is a Non-Profit Corporation created to help the Central and Northern California Saltwater and San Francisco Bay Fisherman. This Web site is a good place for fishing information and the exchange of ideas, reports and a number of additional links. You'll find information on weather, ocean conditions, boats, discussion boards, classifieds, photos, fishing/crabbing tutorials, recipes and a host of other fishing-related information.


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