NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR FISHERIES RESTORATION GRANT PROGRAM PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the FRGP Peer Review Committee (PRC). Pursuant to the Public Resources Code, Section 6217, members of the PRC are appointed by the Director of CDFW to provide advice, oversight and recommendations regarding grant funding …

Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead

03/08/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   Nearly a half million young steelhead recently started their journey to the ocean, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery nursed the young steelhead through several potentially devastating conditions, including drought-induced high water temperatures in the hatchery last summer and …

California anglers will now be allowed to retain Canary Rockfish for 2017

  Starting in 2017, anglers will be allowed to retain canary rockfish for the first time in more than a decade. Canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000, but the population rebuilt to healthy levels quicker than anticipated based on a combination of conservation efforts and restrictive management. “We are pleased to offer new opportunities …

California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon

02/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   Following recent heavy rains, workers at the Nimbus and American River hatcheries labored around the clock to prevent massive debris loads from clogging the main water supply for below Nimbus Dam. Their intense efforts to clean intake structures and adjust water flows during battering winds and rains …

Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30

  04/25/2016 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2015-2016 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2016 as required by law. The cards must be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. …

Anglers, Management Agencies Grapple with Poor 2016 Salmon Forecasts

03/02/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    At the annual salmon informational meeting held in Santa Rosa today, state and federal fishery scientists presented updates on the numbers of spawning salmon, and the expected abundance for the upcoming fishing season. Forecasts suggest there are 299,600 adult Sacramento River fall Chinook salmon in …

Quarantined Shasta County Hatchery to Reopen

  10/19/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News (SWFN)   Darrah Springs Hatchery, operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), was partially released from quarantine on Oct. 9 after being in quarantine since May because of whirling disease. Extensive DNA testing of the fish by a commercial sciences lab have …