California Department of Fish and Wildlife

In-Season Ocean Fishing Regulation Changes for 2014-2015

Cover of the 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Booklet

This page contains information about unscheduled, in-season regulation changes for recreational and commercial ocean fishing in 2014-2015.

CDFW is required to notify the public of in-season regulation changes for groundfish at least 10 days before the new regulations becomes effective, via news release.

"The department shall give the public and the National Marine Fisheries Service no less than 10 days notice of any fishery closure or rule change implemented pursuant to this Section via a department news release." - Section 27.20(f) of Title 14, California Code of Regulations

Further information may be obtained by calling your local Department office. You may also sign up for the Marine Region mailing list to receive automatic notification of in-season regulation changes.

News Releases, Updates and Informational Notices

November 5, 2014

California Scorpionfish Fishery to Close Nov. 15

October 1, 2014

MPA Regulation Updates Effective October 1, 2014

July 21, 2014

Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery is Closed for the Month of August

July 1, 2014

Commercial Market Squid Fishing Regulations

Summary of Regulation Changes

November 5, 2014: Recreational and Commercial Scorpionfish Fishery Closed

Recreational and commercial fishing for scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata) ends on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 12:01 a.m. The fishery will remain closed statewide through the end of the year. Based on recent catch estimates from the sport fishery and landing receipt totals from the commercial fishery, CDFW projects that the 2014 annual catch limit for California scorpionfish will be exceeded unless the fishery is closed. The annual catch limit specified in federal regulation for 2014 is 117 metric tons.

October 1, 2014: MPA Regulation Updates

California marine protected area (MPA) regulation changes went into effect Oct. 1, 2014 to improve compliance, clarity, and enforceability of the rules. The changes include:

  • Adding Pacific bonito to the "pelagic finfish" group
  • Providing for transit of MPAs with spearfishing gear. Spearfishermen with or without catch shall be allowed to transit through marine protected areas and marine managed areas. While transiting areas that prohibit spearfishing or while in possession of species not identified as allowed for take in the area being transited, spearfishing gear shall be in an unloaded condition, not carried in hand, and the diver shall remain at the surface.
  • Clarification that the Department of Fish and Wildlife, not the Fish and Game Commission, issues scientific collecting permits (see CCR Title 14, Section 632(a)(1))
  • Three MPA name changes: Lovers Point State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) to Lovers Point-Julia Platt SMCA, Bird Rock SMCA to Blue Cavern Offshore SMCA, Blue Cavern SMCA to Blue Cavern Onshore SMCA
  • Amending the commercial take regulations for coastal pelagic species consistent with commercial fishing practices. Affects incidental take of commercial species in the following State Marine Conservation Areas: Bodega Head, Pillar Point, Greyhound Rock, Soquel Canyon, Portuguese Ledge, Point Dume, Abalone Cove, Farnsworth Offshore, Farnsworth Onshore, Dana Point, and Tijuana River Mouth.
  • Adjusting a boundary at Lover's Cove SMCA on Catalina Island.

The updated regulations are available online at, and in the online Commercial Digest and Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

July 21, 2014: Recreational Pacific Halibut fishing closed for August, 2014

No recreational fishing for Pacific halibut is permitted during August, 2014. The recreational season will reopen on Sept. 1 and run through Oct. 31. Bag, possession, and size limits remain unchanged.

July 1, 2014: Changes to Commercial Market Squid Fishing Regulations

Changes were made to California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 149 and 149.1 that broaden the scope of the regulation. Changes include forfeiture of market squid to CDFW when in violation of fishing laws, modifications to the criteria regarding incidental take of market squid, and other improvements related to organization, clarity, and consistency. Also, repeal of the requirement that fishermen or buyers sign a release of property form is proposed.

Department Offices

Sacramento Office

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-6281
FAX (916) 653-4645

Belmont Field Office and Laboratory
350 Harbor Blvd.
Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: No general line
FAX: No general FAX

Eureka Office and Laboratory
619 - 2nd St.
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-6493
FAX (707) 445-6664

Fort Bragg Field Office and Laboratory
32330 N. Harbor Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-9078
FAX (707) 964-0642

Los Alamitos Field Office and Laboratory
4665 Lampson Ave., Suite C
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 342-7100
FAX (562) 342-7139

Monterey Field Office and Laboratory
20 Lower Ragsdale Dr., Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-2870
FAX (831) 649-2894

Sacramento Field Office
1812 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: No general line
FAX: No general FAX

San Diego Field Office and Laboratory
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: No general line
FAX: No general FAX

San Luis Obispo Field Office and Laboratory
3196 South Higuera St., Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: No general line
FAX: (805) 542-4609

Santa Barbara Field Office and Laboratory
1933 Cliff Dr., Suite 9
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 568-1231
FAX (805) 568-1235

Santa Rosa Field Office
5355 Skylane Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 576-2882
FAX (707) 576-7132

Marine Region Mailing List

The Marine Region of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is compiling a mailing list of individuals and organizations interested in the management of California's living marine resources. You may add yourself to this list to receive information regarding in-season fishing regulation changes.