Department of Fish and Game

Marine Region

Marine Region Mission: To protect, maintain, enhance, and restore California's marine ecosystems for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public through good science and effective communication.

Going Ocean Fishing?

Record Ocean Sportfish
Sport Fishermen, check out our easy-to-use California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map. Simply click the portion of the California coast where you plan to fish, and you will access a summary of current Sport Fishing Regulations for that area.

Learn more about this 21 pound 5 ounce Pacific bonito and other California record ocean sportfish.


Shellfish and Finfish Health Advisories

potentially toxic species

For warnings about consuming local shellfish or finfish, view the Health Advisories for California Finfish, Shellfish and Crustaceans web page.


Marine Management News

Marine Management News is published by the Marine Region of the California Department of Fish and Game and is for everyone interested in the management and conservation of California's living marine resources.

California Fishing Passport

Marine Management News
A new fishing incentive and recognition program to highlight and promote fishing throughout the state. Pick up your free copy of the California Fishing Passport book listing 150 different popular fresh and saltwater finfish and shellfish that occur throughout the state. Try to catch one of every species listed, and you will receive stamps in your passport book documenting each achievement.


Report lost fishing gear

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA
Lost fishing gear - both commercial and recreational - sits on the seafloor, gets caught on rocks, and floats in the water column. Lost gear can remain in the marine environment for years, harming habitats and continuing to catch fish and invertebrates.

Please report sightings of lost recreational and commercial fishing gear. Anonymous reports are accepted.

1-888-491-GEAR or


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