Due Date Rapidly Approaching for 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card

Media Contacts:
Kai Lampson, CDFW Marine Region Lobster, (805) 965-7216
Travis Buck, CDFW Marine Region Lobster, (858) 467-4214
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2014 as required by law. Only 34 percent of the 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Cards have been reported online or returned to CDFW, to date.

Please Note: 2013-2014 Full Season Spiny Lobster Report Card holders who fail to return their cards by April 30, 2014 will be charged a non-return fee of $20 upon issuance of a Spiny Lobster Report Card in the subsequent fishing season, or they may choose to skip one fishing season to be able to purchase a lobster card the following season at no extra cost.

The Automated License Data System (ALDS) has greatly increased the ability of CDFW to remind card holders of the need to return report cards with the ability to send out reminder notices through the mail. A reminder notice was mailed to all cardholders to return their report cards to CDFW or submit their harvest data online. If you receive a reminder notice and have already submitted your card or reported online, CDFW thanks you!

Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.

The cards need to be returned, even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobster. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting.  Report cards also can be submitted by mail to:

CDFW – Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123

Additional information and a list of frequently asked questions about this program can be found on CDFW’s Ocean Sport Fishing webpage, www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/lobster.asp .