Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2015-2016 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to return their cards by April 30, 2016 as required by law. The cards must be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters.

Card holders should review their report 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.

Any 2015-2016 Spiny Lobster Report Card holder who fails to return their card(s) by April 30, 2016 will be charged a non-return fee of $21.60 upon issuance of a Spiny Lobster Report Card in the subsequent fishing season. Otherwise they may choose to skip one fishing season to be able to purchase a spiny lobster report card the following season at no extra cost. If multiple spiny lobster report cards were purchased, please report all cards, including lost cards, to avoid the non-return fee when purchasing a spiny lobster report card next lobster fishing season.

Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted either online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/reportcards or by mail to:

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

For additional information and a list of frequently asked questions about this program, please visit CDFW’s  California Spiny Lobster webpage.

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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