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CDFW Moves Quickly to Close the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Statewide in Response to Humpback Whale Entanglements

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has assessed entanglement risk under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP) and announced the closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the Oregon state line) effective at noon on April 20, 2022. This closure […]

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Help Save California’s Native Wildlife and Plant Species When Filing Your Taxes

Would you like to help the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recover and rehabilitate animals after they’ve been injured or orphaned by wildfires? What about supporting CDFW’s research into why the California sea otter population is unable to flourish in its native coastal waters? Or how drought and climate change affect California’s native […]

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Bobcat photo takes 2021 California Wildlife Photograph of the Year Honors

Livermore native Su­­e Crow Griffin’s image of affection displayed by a mother bobcat to her offspring along an Alameda County walking path has earned the 2021 grand prize in the 10th annual California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest. In a virtual celebration, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham named […]

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Oil spill response underway in Huntington Beach, Orange County

SAN PEDRO, Calif – A unified command has been established to respond to an oil sheen reported a half-mile off Bolsa Chica State Beach. The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), and Orange County. Divers confirmed this afternoon […]

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CDFW Saves More Than 2 Million Chinook Salmon From Drought

November 19, 2021 – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has begun releasing juvenile fall-run Chinook salmon into the Klamath River now that river conditions have improved with cooler temperatures and increased flows that give the young salmon their best chance at survival and reaching the Pacific Ocean. More than 2 million baby […]

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Bears Seeking Food For Winter: Keep Bears Wild!

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. November 10, 2021 – Fall is officially here, which usually means the Fall Fish Festival in South Lake Tahoe, and very hungry bears in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Bears Prepare for Hibernation This year, due to extraordinary circumstances involving wildfire, COVID-19, and staffing, the Fall Fish Festival was not held at Taylor […]

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Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that a threat to public health is likely by fishing in the affected […]

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Drought Forces Closure of Shasta Valley Wildlife Area to Waterfowl Hunting

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for the entirety of the 2021-22 season as a result of lost wetlands and waterfowl habitat due to drought conditions. The Northeastern Zone waterfowl season runs from Oct. 2, 2021, […]

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CDFW Closes Lands Through Sept. 17 Due to Wildfires

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has closed 33 properties that lie within or immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) boundaries due to extreme fire conditions. Effective immediately, these properties are closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 17. All closures are CDFW wildlife areas or ecological reserves, and they cover many parts […]

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CDFW Launches New Funding Opportunity For Cannabis Cultivators

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRGP) today announced a call for concept proposals in preparation for the qualified cultivator funding opportunity. The Qualified Cultivator Funding Opportunity, Proposal Solicitation Notice is scheduled for release in fall of 2021 and will be open for applying until spring of 2023. Applications will be […]

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Disease Outbreak Strikes California Deer Herds – July 2021

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed outbreaks of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease in deer in several northern California counties and is asking California residents to help curb the spread by not feeding wild animals, and report potential cases to the department. “Providing attractants for deer – food, salt licks or even water […]

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CDFW Awards $39 Million for Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration, Protection and Scientific Study Projects Statewide

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 28 projects to receive funding for projects to restore and protect multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its Proposition 1 grant programs. The awards, totaling $39 million, were made under CDFW’s 2021 Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant & Delta Water Quality […]

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Shorter 2021 Recreational Ocean Salmon Seasons Opening in June

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces ocean salmon season openers for additional management areas along the California coast. Although the Monterey management area opened in early April, the rest of the coast remained closed. Beginning in late June, recreational anglers will be able to drop their lines for salmon in the San […]

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The Recreational Red Abalone Fishery to Remain Closed Until 2026

March 19, 2021 – While the spring season typically signals the start of the recreational red abalone season, CDFW reminds anglers that the northern California recreational red abalone fishery will remain closed until April 1, 2026. Red abalone stocks continue to be impacted by large scale die offs in this area due to the collapse […]

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