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Calendar of Marine Events

The Marine Region Calendar of Events contains information about events of interest to the public. Each listing includes a link to additional information.

2017 Events

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Meeting and Event Resources

CDFW Public Meetings  |  link opens in new windowCalifornia Fish and Game Commission  |  link opens in new windowPacific Fishery Management Council

March 2017

March 1
Ocean Salmon Information Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sonoma County Water Agency
404 Aviation Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA   95403

First day of recreational groundfish season, Point Conception to the Mexico border

March 1-5
link opens in new windowFred Hall Outdoor Recreation Show, Long Beach
Join CDFW and hundreds of fishing, hunting, and travel companies for this iconic southern California outdoor recreation show. 2017 sport hunting and fishing licenses will be available for purchase, and CDFW biologists and wardens will be there to answer your questions.

March 10-12
link opens in new windowFred Hall Outdoor Recreation Show, Bakersfield
Join CDFW and a good selection of fishing, hunting, and travel companies for this southern San Joaquin Valley outdoor recreation show. 2017 sport hunting and fishing licenses will be available for purchase, and CDFW biologists and wardens will be there to answer your questions.

March 14
Last day of commercial California halibut trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds)
Last day of commercial white seabass season
Last day of commercial sea cucumber trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds)

March 15
Recreational white seabass daily bag limit reduced to one fish (through July 15) south of Point Conception

March 20
State of the California South Coast MPAs Meeting, San Diego
An informal community gathering to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. All are welcome, including those interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

March 21
State of the California South Coast MPAs Meeting, San Pedro
An informal community gathering to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. All are welcome, including those interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M White Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90731

March 22
Last day of commercial and recreational California spiny lobster season
link opens in new windowLast day of commercial and recreational Kellet's whelk season
State of the California South Coast MPAs Meeting, Malibu
An informal community gathering to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. All are welcome, including those interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wishtoyo Chumash Village
33904 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

March 23
State of the California South Coast MPAs Meeting, San Clemente
An informal community gathering to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. All are welcome, including those interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express
35 Via Pico Plaza
San Clemente, CA 92672

March 23-26
link opens in new windowFred Hall Outdoor Recreation Show, Del Mar
Join CDFW and hundreds of fishing, hunting, and travel companies for this iconic southern California outdoor recreation show. 2017 sport hunting and fishing licenses will be available for purchase, and CDFW biologists and wardens will be there to answer your questions.

March 24
State of the California South Coast MPAs Meeting, Santa Barbara
An informal community gathering to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. All are welcome, including those interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Marine Center Classroom
125 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

March 31
Last day of recreational and commercial grunion season
Last day of recreational surfperch season in San Francisco Bay (shiner perch excluded)

April 2017

April 1
First day of commercial pink shrimp trawl season (federal waters only)
First day of recreational groundfish season, Pigeon Point to Point Conception

April 15
First day of recreational groundfish season, Point Arena to Pigeon Point

April 30
Last day of recreational Pismo clam season in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties
Last day of commercial surfperch season (shiner perch exempted)
Last day of commercial spot prawn trap season north of Pt. Arguello

May 2017

May 1
First day of recreational red abalone season
First day of recreational groundfish season, Oregon border to Point Arena
First day of May recreational Pacific halibut opener
(may close early if quota is filled)
First day of commercial coonstripe shrimp trap season

May 15
Last day of May recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)

May 31
Last day of commercial ridgeback prawn trawl season

June 2017

June 1
First day of June recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
First day of recreational California grunion season

June 15
Last day of June recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
White seabass recreational daily bag and possession limit increases to 3 fish south of Pt. Conception

June 16
First day of commercial white seabass season
First day of commercial California halibut trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds)
First day of commercial sea cucumber trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds)

June 30
Last day of recreational red abalone season (closed for the month of July)
Last day of recreational and commercial Dungeness crab season south of Mendocino County

July 2017

July 1
First day of July recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
link opens in new windowFirst day of commercial and recreational Kellet's whelk season

July 15
Last day of July recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
Last day of commercial Dungeness crab season north of Sonoma County

July 30
Last day of recreational Dungeness crab season north of Sonoma County

August 2017

August 1
First day of August recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
First day of recreational red abalone season (after July closure)
First day of recreational surfperch season in San Francisco Bay
First day of commercial spot prawn trap season north of Pt. Arguello
First day of commercial surfperch season
(shiner perch exempted)

August 15
Last day of August recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close earlier if quota is filled)

August 31
Last day of recreational California scorpionfish (sculpin) season, statewide

September 2017

September 1
First day of September-October recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
First day of recreational Pismo clam season, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

September 30
First day of recreational California spiny lobster season

October 2017

October 1
First day of commercial ridgeback prawn trawl season (Southern California)

October 4
First day of commercial California spiny lobster season

October 28
First day of recreational crab trap ban in all ocean waters
Crab traps may not be used or deployed until November 4.

October 31
Last day of recreational red abalone season
Last day of commercial pink shrimp trawl season (federal waters only)
Last day of commercial spot prawn and coonstripe shrimp trap seasons south of Pt. Arguello

November 2017

November 3
Last day of recreational crab trap ban in all ocean waters

November 4
First day of recreational Dungeness crab season

November 15
First day of commercial Dungeness crab season, south of Mendocino County (scheduled)

December 2017

December 1
First day of commercial Dungeness crab season, north of Sonoma County (scheduled)

December 31
Last day of recreational boat-based groundfish season, statewide


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