Just a reminder that all lobster report cards must be returned to CDFW by April 30th, even if the report card was not used or no lobster were taken. The card returns allow the Department to determine the total number of sport fishermen targeting lobster and how many they caught.
Data collected from the report cards documents changes in the fishery, whether it’s a gear change or an increasing or decreasing trend in catch. Since CDFW has a long record of commercial lobster catch and effort from logbooks and landing receipts, the recreational information is needed to determine the total take of lobster in southern California.
Lobster report cards can be reported online at: www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols
Online reporting for seasonal cards is available beginning at the end of lobster season, and only until the reporting deadline of April 30th. If you report online, you are not required to mail your report card to CDFW.
A lobster report card can be returned by mail to: CDFW Lobster Report Card 3883 Ruffin Road San Diego, CA 92123
Please note, report cards sent by mail and not received by CDFW will be assumed not returned, and the report cardholder will be required to report the card as lost.
Fishing is a sport enjoyed by many Californians, who also benefit from the outdoor exercise, nutritious food, intergenerational bonding, and the environmental awareness that fishing provides. Returning your lobster report card will help us more accurately estimate total catch and sustainably manage the fishery so that these benefits can continue to be realized for many generations and fishing seasons to come.