California Recreational Fisheries Survey

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Established 2004
PSMFC RecFIN
Senior Program Manager
Chris Wheaton
CDFW CRFS
Coordinator
Mike Brown
PSMFC RecFIN
Program Analyst
Jason Edwards
CRFS Northern District
Environmental Scientists
CDFW CRFS
Senior Environmental Scientist
Marc Heisdorf
Redwood/Wine Districts
Environmental Scientist
Ed Roberts III
Wine/Bay Districts
Environmental Scientist
Jared Worland
Central District
Environmental Scientist
Jayna Da Silva
CRFS Southern District
Environmental Scientists
CDFW CRFS
Senior Environmental Scientist
Toby Carpenter
Channel District
Environmental Scientist
Ryan Denton
Southern District
Environmental Scientist
Otis Horning

The California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS) is the method for estimating total marine recreational fin fish catch and effort in California. The CRFS is a coordinated sampling survey designed to gather catch and effort data from anglers in all modes of marine recreational finfish fishing. This program incorporates and updates the comprehensive sampling methodologies of the former Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Ocean Salmon Project.



Goal And Objectives

The primary goal of the CRFS is to produce in a timely manner, marine recreational, fishery-based data needed to sustainably manage California’s marine recreational fishery resources. This goal is realized by the survey of California’s marine recreational fisheries using the following standards and criteria:

  • Sampling period – monthly
  • Reporting time unit – preliminary estimates within one month of the end of the sampling period
  • Geographic unit – six districts split on county lines, as described below
  • Fishing area - within all marine waters (differentiating between inside and outside 3 miles and inside bays)
  • Modes - all fishing modes:PR, PC, MM, and BB
  • Species – creel information collected on all finfish species
  • Data elements include, but are not limited to:
  • Date and time of sample
  • Port / landing
  • Fishing location – point (latitude/longitude); if not available, by one nautical mile blocks
  • Bottom depth
  • Fishing method/gear (including spear)
  • Number of anglers
  • Type and number of fish kept and discarded
  • Fish size
  • For CPFVs only, marine mammal interaction information - presence/absence and number of interactions
  • Precision – for catch estimates, strive for proportional standard errors that are ≤ 0.20 (20%).

The secondary goal for the CRFS is to maintain a minimum 20% sampling of PRs and CPFVs targeting salmon at primary sites during the salmon season to collect coded wire tags. Produce the biweekly catch-effort estimates by species, fishery, and PFMC major port area needed to meet the biological and recovery goals for west coast salmon populations.


Description of Sampling Methodology

Effort and catch information is collected for the four major recreational fishery modes in California:

1) Private and Rental boats (PR)
2) CPFV (PC)
3) Man Made Structures (MM)
4) Beach and Banks (BB)

Methods Applicable to All Modes

The sampling methodology for all modes includes the following:

1. California is divided into six survey, or Districts, areas using county lines with two exceptions as described below. Districts have two naming conventions, a number and a CRFS name. They may be used interchangeably:
District 6 or REDWOOD: Del Norte and Humboldt counties
District 5 or WINE: Mendocino and Sonoma counties
District 4 or BAY: San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay counties plus Marin and San Mateo County
District 3 or CENTRAL: Santa Cruz County south through San Luis Obispo County
District 2 or CHANNEL: Santa Barbara and Ventura counties
District 1 or SOUTH: Los Angeles County south through San Diego County.
2. Estimates of catch and effort are made monthly for each survey area for non-salmon species and biweekly by PFMC major port area for salmon. Estimates are made for each mode and will include estimates for private access and night fisheries. Each estimate of catch, effort, or catch rate(that is, CPUE: catch per unit effort) are accompanied by an estimated variance for the estimate.
3. A California angler license database (ALD) is maintained and a telephone survey conducted to estimate effort for all modes. These effort estimates will include both public and private access and day and night fishing. They are used for either production estimates or for comparison to the CRFS production on-site effort estimates (for more details, see Private Access and Night PR Survey section).

Districts

Redwood (District 6)

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This district is comprised of Del Norte and Humboldt counties. The Redwood District has approximately 150 miles of coastline. Coastal habitat ranges from rocky headlands to sandy beaches. In the Redwood District, the CRFS samples 31 beach and bank sites, sixteen boat launch sites, seventeen man-made structures, and three active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2020) 22 boats active in the fishery.
015 - CRFS Redwood District Sample Sites: Del Norte County
023 - CRFS Redwood District Sample Sites: Humboldt County

Wine (District 5)

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This district is comprised of Mendocino County and the Shelter Cove section of Humboldt County. The Wine District has approximately 140 miles of coastline. Coastal habitat ranges from rocky headlands to sandy beaches. In the Wine District, the CRFS samples fourteen beach and bank sites, seven boat launch sites, three man made structures, and two active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2020) 13 boats active in the fishery.
045 - CRFS Wine District Sample Sites: Mendocino County

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Bay Area (District 4)

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This district is comprised of San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and the San Francisco Bay portion of Sonoma and Solano counties. The Bay District has approximately 123 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline and 230 miles of SF Bay coastline. Coastal habitat in this District ranges from sandy ocean beaches to sandstone/rocky headlands to the ecologically diverse San Francisco Bay. In the Bay District, the CRFS samples 127 beach and bank sites, 26 boat launch sites, 51 man made structures, and seven active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2011) over 66 boats active in the fishery.
  • CRFS Bay Area District Sample Sites (Overview):
001 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Alameda County
013 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Contra Costa County
041 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Marin County
075 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: San Francisco County
081 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: San Mateo County
085 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Santa Clara County
095 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Solano County
097 - CRFS Bay District Sample Sites: Sonoma County
CRFS Bay District MM Clusters
CRFS Bay District BB Clusters
CRFS Bay District BEC Clusters

Central (District 3)

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This district is comprised of Santa Cruz, Monterey,and San Luis Obispo counties. Coastal habitat ranges from sandy beaches to rocky/sandstone headlands.The Central District has approximately 225 miles of coastline. In the Central District, CRFS samples 39 beach and bank sites, eleven boat launch sites, sixteen man-made structures,and six active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2011), with 19 boats active in the fishery.
087 - CRFS Central District Sample Sites: Santa Cruz County
053 - CRFS Central District Sample Sites: Monterey County
079 - CRFS Central District Sample Sites: San Luis Obispo County

Channel (District 2)

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This district is comprised of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including the islands of Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel. The Channel District has approximately 140 miles of coastline. Coastal habitat ranges from sandy beaches to sandstone headlands. In the Channel District, the CRFS samples 26 beach and bank sites, thirteen man-made structures, three boat ramps and two boat hoists, and four active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2011) 23 boats participating in the fishery.
083 - CRFS Channel District Sample Sites: Santa Barbara County
111 - CRFS Channel District Sample Sites: Ventura County

South (District 1)

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This district is comprised of Los Angeles, Orange,and San Diego counties,including the islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicholas, Santa Catalina, and San Clemente.The South District has approximately 190 miles of coastline. Coastal habitat ranges from sandy beaches to sandstone headlands. In the South District, the CRFS samples 46 beach and bank sites, 36 public launch ramps, 39 man-made structures, and 17 active party/charter (commercial passenger fishing vessel) sites, with (as of 2011) over 160 CPFVs participating in the fishery.
037 - CRFS South District Sample Sites: Los Angeles County
059 - CRFS South District Sample Sites: Orange County
073 - CRFS South District Sample Sites: San Diego County

Sample Modes

CRFS Survey Design and Plans

The CRFS survey design, plans, and goals are found in the following links. The documentation provided is detailed and to understand all elements of CRFS, the whole unaltered plan should be viewed. This is done to avoid any paraphrasing and/or incorrect summarization conclusions.

CRFS Related Links

External Links