Lobster, California Spiny – U.S. California
The California Spiny Lobster fishery is a small but locally important fishery in southern California.
Abundance of Spiny Lobsters off California varies with broad-scale changes in environmental conditions caused by El Nino and La Nina. Overall abundance appears stable and management of the fishery is moderately effective.
Fishermen use traps to catch Spiny Lobster. There is some concern about bycatch of seabirds, particularly cormorants. There is little information to determine whether the fishery is having an impact on cormorant populations but these populations are considered healthy.