California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Recreational Regulations: Focus on Invertebrates

Note: Links with an asterisk (*) lead to pages outside the CDFW Marine Region website.

The CDFW is primarily responsible for management of fishery resources within state waters. The CDFW formulates general state programs and policies concerning management and conservation of fish and invertebrate resources and establishes seasons, methods and limits for harvest. In California, this is done in concert with the governor-appointed California Fish and Game Commission and in cooperation with the State legislature for those species not managed exclusively by the Commission.

The following links lead to California recreational fishing regulation information that applies to marine invertebrates:

General

California Spiny Lobster

Return your lobster report cards by April 30 following the season closure to:

CDFW
Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123

You can also submit harvest data online.

 

Kellet's Whelk

Red Abalone

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.