LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s recreational spiny lobster season opening Saturday is expected to see plentiful catches because of the El Nino ocean-warming event occurring in the eastern Pacific.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife marine scientist Travis Buck says lobster catches have historically been considerable during El Nino events.
The California spiny lobster is found from Point Conception, California, to Magdalena Bay on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico.
The Fish and Wildlife Department says a typical legal-size lobster will average over one pound in weight. Fishermen should familiarize themselves with licensing and limit regulations.
The Coast Guard also urges safety planning, noting there were five dive-related deaths and two injuries in Southern California during last year’s lobster season.
The season will run through March 16, 2016.