CDFW stalls abalone season for another five years
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on March 19 that the North Coast abalone season would remain closed until April 1, 2026. The moratorium — which began in 2017 — was expected to lift on April 1, 2021. At its peak, the abalone industry was worth approximately $55 million to California’s economy. The North Coast fishery, which is recreational only, and extends from San Francisco in the south to the Oregon border in the north, has been closed for nearly four years due to the reduction of abalone stock, caused by the decline of the kelp forest and sea urchin barrens.