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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.

2018 Events

January  |  February  |  March  |  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

January 2018

January 1
First day of recreational California scorpionfish (sculpin) season, Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border

January 6
CDFW Commercial Pacific Herring Fishery Town Hall Meeting
Sausalito City Hall
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

January 17
link opens in new windowOcean Protection Council Prop. 1 Grant Public Workshops
Culver City
11:30 a.m.

January 18-21
link opens in new windowInternational Sportsmans Exposition, Sacramento
Join CDFW and more than 600 fishing, hunting, and travel companies for this iconic northern California sports show. Pick up your 2018 sport fishing license, and talk to a warden or marine biologist.

January 19
link opens in new windowOcean Protection Council Prop. 1 Grant Public Workshops
Oakland
1:00 p.m.

January 20
CDFW Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Informational Meeting
Bay Model Visitor's Center, Sausalito
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

January 22
link opens in new windowOcean Protection Council Prop. 1 Grant Public Workshops
San Diego
10:00 a.m.

January 24
link opens in new windowOcean Protection Council Prop. 1 Grant Public Workshops
San Luis Obispo
10:00 a.m.

February 2018

February 1
First day of commercial spot prawn trap season south of Pt. Arguello

February 8
link opens in new windowOcean Protection Council Prop. 1 Grant Public Workshops
Bayside (North Coast)
12:30 p.m.

March 2018

March 1
First day of recreational groundfish season, Point Conception to the Mexico border

March 7-11
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. 2018 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 21
link opens in new windowLast day of commercial and recreational Kellet's whelk season
Last day of commercial and recreational California spiny lobster season

March 22-25
Fred Hall Outdoor Recreation Show, Del Mar
Join CDFW and hundreds of fishing, hunting, and travel companies for this iconic southern California outdoor recreation show. 2018 sport hunting and fishing licenses will be available for purchase, and CDFW biologists and wardens will be there to answer your questions.

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

April 2018

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 2018

May 1
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 31
Last day of commercial ridgeback prawn trawl season

June 2018

June 1
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)
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 and commercial Dungeness crab season south of Mendocino County line

July 2018

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 line

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

August 2018

August 1
First day of August recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled)
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 2018

September 1
First day of September-October recreational Pacific halibut opener
First day of recreational Pismo clam season, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

September 29
First day of recreational California spiny lobster season

October 2018

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

October 3
First day of commercial California spiny lobster season

October 27
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 commercial pink shrimp trawl season (federal waters only)
Last day of commercial spot prawn and coonstripe shrimp trap seasons south of Pt. Arguello

November 2018

November 2
Last day of recreational crab trap ban in all ocean waters

November 3
First day of recreational Dungeness crab season, statewide

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

December 2018

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

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



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