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Crab Season is Here

For many Californians, the Dungeness crab is as much a part of a holiday meal as turkey or sweet potatoes. November is the time to go crabbing in California. Get out there and bring home a limit to share with your friends and family.

 

New Regulations

Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opens Nov. 5
The recreational Dungeness crab season opens statewide on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. However, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning to recreational anglers not to consume the viscera (internal organs) of Dungeness crab caught in coastal waters north of Point Reyes due to the sporadic detection of elevated levels of domoic acid in the viscera of Dungeness crabs caught off the northern California coast. Recreational crabbers should consult the CDPH biotoxin information line at (800) 553-4133 or CDPH’s Domoic Acid health information webpage for more information. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 crabs per day with the minimum size limit of 5¾ inches measured by the shortest distance through the body from the edges of the shell directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). CDFW would like to remind crabbers of the new regulations and procedures for crab traps that became effective on Aug. 1, 2016.
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Last Month of Abalone Season
Nov. 30 is the last day of the 2016 recreational red abalone season. November is your last chance this season at the largest abalone in the world! In addition to a fishing license, an abalone report card is required. Abalone may only be taken from 8 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset. Three red abalone may be taken per day. All red abalone must be seven inches or greater measured along the longest shell diameter. No other species of abalone may be taken or possessed. Remember to return report cards or log your catch on our website after the season closes. See other important regulations at the link below.
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Abalone  Fishing License

2017 Fishing Licenses Available Nov. 15
2017 California sportfishing licenses will be available for purchase starting Nov. 15. Don’t wait, renew your license or buy one as a gift for friends and family.
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No Cash Policy at CDFW License Counters
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, cash will no longer be accepted at CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch and regional license counters. Individuals who want to make payments at CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch or a regional license counter can use checks, money orders or any debit/credit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo. Cash transactions will still be available for all items sold at authorized local sales agents.
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By purchasing a fishing license in California, you are providing a dedicated source of funding for management and protection of the state’s fisheries and for fish hatchery operation. Purchasing a sport fishing license also helps support California’s long-standing fishing heritage for today and future generations.

Thank you for fishing in California!

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