California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Invertebrates of Interest: Abalone

Red abalone attached to boulder. CDFW photo by Derek Stein.

Red abalone attached to boulder. CDFW photo by Derek Stein.

Return your abalone report cards by Jan. 31 following the season closure to:

CDFW
Abalone Report Card
32330 N. Harbor Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

You can also submit harvest data online.

 

Marine Protected Areas

 

CDFW Abalone Videos

North Coast Abalone Management

Abalone lovers! Check out this exciting and informative video produced by one of CDFW's abalone researchers. You will see what is involved in assessing the status of this precious resource.

Abalone Report Card Instructions

View CDFW's entire collection of YouTube videos

 
California's coastal waters are home to a multitude of invertebrates (species lacking a bony skeleton). A small fraction of these, including abalone, are actually targeted by California's recreational fisheries. In the following links, visitors can learn more about abalone species identification, biology, habitat, geographic range, fishing methods, and more.