California's Travel and Events Press Releases January 2008

Department of Fish and Game Announces Sport Fishing Regulation Changes for 2008

everal regulatory and legislative changes that affect
sport fishing license requirements for 2008 include:


Sport Fishing Report Card and Tagging Requirements Changes

New report card and tagging requirements apply for those fishing for,
or taking the following species, in the following areas:
(1) Salmon, in the Klamath-Trinity River System only.
(2) Steelhead trout, in all anadromous waters where take is
(3) Sturgeon, in all areas where take is authorized. Tagging of
retained white sturgeon is also required.
(4) Red abalone, in all areas where take is authorized. Tagging of
retained abalone is also required.
(5) California spiny lobster, in all areas where take is authorized.

Report Cards Required for All Fisherman, including Children, Pier
Fisherman, and Free Fishing Days, (effective in early spring)
Any person fishing for, or taking the five species listed above, is
required to have an appropriate report card in possession.
Specifically, this report card requirement is for all persons including

those exempt from license requirements, such as those under 16

years of age, those fishing from a public pier, or those fishing on

free fishing days. Report cards are also required for lifetime licensees.

Abalone Tagging Requirement (effective in early spring 2008)
Each abalone report card now includes 24 detachable tags, one of which
must be affixed to any abalone taken in the sport fishery. The date,
time, and location of each abalone taken must be recorded on both the
tag and the card. Every abalone must be tagged immediately after
exiting the water, and each tag must be securely fastened to the shell of the
abalone by passing a zip tie string, line or other suitable material through

a siphon hole in the shell.


Abalone taken and tagged by a cardholder may still be given to another person.

All abalone possessed must be tagged. This means that even
if the person checked with an abalone in possession is not the person
who actually caught the abalone, the tag must link to the record on the
cardholder's card that harvested the abalone. This regulation ensures

that all abalone are taken within daily bag and possession limits.

Refer to the new regulations for complete reporting and tagging requirements.

Spiny Lobster Reporting Requirements (effective in Fall 2008)
People fishing for, or taking spiny lobster, will need to have a
lobster report card in possession. The purpose of the new reporting
requirement helps to monitor recreational catch, effort and the gear
used in the recreational lobster fishery. Refer to the new regulations
for complete reporting requirements.

Changes to Salmon Reporting Requirements (effective in early spring)
Anglers fishing for salmon in ocean waters will no longer need a Salmon
Report Card. In early 2008, a Klamath-Trinity Salmon Report Card will
be required only for anglers fishing in the Klamath-Trinity watershed. The
format of the card has been changed to collect Chinook salmon retention
and release information, coho salmon release information, fishing
effort information, and fin clip information.


Second-Rod Stamp (effective Jan. 1, 2008)
The second-rod stamp will now be valid in inland waters except those
waters in which only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used.
sections 7.00 and 7.50 of the sport fishing regulations for the waters
where only artificial lures or barbless hooks may be used and Section
1.53 for the definition of inland waters.

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