Due Date Rapidly Approaching for 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card

California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein)
California spiny lobster (CDFW photo by Derek Stein)
Media Contacts:
Tom Mason, CDFW Marine Region, (562) 342-7107
Travis Buck, CDFW Marine Region, (858) 467-4214
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2015, as required by law.

Please Note: Any 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holder who fails to return their card by April 30, 2015 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 purchasers of the need to return report cards by sending 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 but have already submitted your card or reported online, CDFW thanks you!

Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that 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 lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/harvestreporting. Report cards also can be submitted by mail to:

CDFW – Lobster Report Card
3883 Ruffin Road
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, http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/invertebrate/lobster.asp.