- Ocean Fishing
- Laws & Regulations
- Marine Protected Areas
- Fish Identification
- Permits & Licenses
- FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
- Marine Life Management & Research
- Marine Region Projects
Main Office: 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Information: (831) 649-2870, AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov
Abalone Report Card Data and Information
A report card for the California recreational red abalone fishery was established in 2000, requiring pickers to record catch and effort, including date and location of catches. Beginning with the 2002 abalone season, Department biologists determined that a combination of returned cards and a random telephone survey would be the best way to estimate catch and effort, given that only a portion of the cards purchased are returned to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A report describing the method for estimating catch and effort was published in the Department of Fish and Wildlife's peer-reviewed journal, California Fish and Game, and is included below. Catch estimates for abalone report card sites from 2002-2009 and a graph showing estimated catch for the top five sites are also included.
- Estimated Sport Abalone Catch, 2002-2012
- Abalone Catch from Top Five Report Card Sites, 2002-2009
- California Recreational Abalone Fishery Catch and Effort Estimates for 2002 from a Combined Report Card and Telephone Survey
from California Fish and Wildlife 92(4): 157-171 2006
Video: Abalone Report Card Instructions
- Return your abalone report cards by Jan. 31 following the season closure to:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
32330 N. Harbor Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
- You can also submit harvest data online.