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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

April  |  May  |  June  |  July  |  August  |  September  |  October  |  November  |  December

Meeting and Event Resources

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

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
First day of April recreational ocean salmon season, Horse Mountain to the California-Mexico border

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

April 25
California's Artificial Reefs - Public Informational Meeting and Webinar

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
Last day of recreational ocean salmon season, Point Arena to Pigeon Point

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-June recreational Pacific halibut opener
(may close early if quota is filled)
First day of commercial coonstripe shrimp trap season

May 4
California's Artificial Reefs - Public Informational Meeting and Webinar

May 15
First day of recreational ocean salmon season, Point Arena to Pigeon Point

May 31
Last day of April-May recreational ocean salmon season, Horse Mountain to Point Arena
Last day of recreational ocean salmon season, Point Sur to the California-Mexico border
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 May-June recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
Last day of recreational ocean salmon season, Pigeon Point to Point Sur
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)
First day of the August-November recreational ocean salmon season, Horse Mountain to Point Arena

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 the May-October ocean salmon season, Point Arena to Pigeon Point

Last day of September-October recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
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 12
Last day of August-November recreational ocean salmon season, Horse Mountain to Point Arena

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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