CCFRP Volunteer Information


Volunteer anglers are essential to the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP)!  CCFRP volunteers aide science crew in the collection of valuable data on economically important marine species by fishing onboard party boats out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Morro Bay.  Once caught, each fish is identified, measured, tagged and released at their respective marine protected area (MPA) or reference site.  With help of the community, we have been able to successfully complete nine years of data collection regarding the species compositions, sizes and catch rates of nearshore fishes in and around our local MPAs…and, with your help, we will embark upon yet another.  We’ve got the boat, the gear and the plan…all we need is you!

Note: Volunteer anglers should have a fair amount of experience fishing in the marine environment. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and able to spend extended periods of time (8-10 hours per day) on a recreational fishing boat, in potentially rough waters. Please also note that there is no individual take permitted on these cruises, in accordance with scientific collecting permits.


Angler Updates
From over the nine years of data collection, CCFRP’s volunteer anglers have collectively spent 9,243 hours catching 64,163 fishes from 51 different species.  These committed individuals have put in long hours through a myriad of conditions in order to successfully collect data for this project.  We would like to recognize those individuals who have volunteered for the most trips, caught the highest number of fishes, and brought in the highest average number of fishes per trip.

Click here to see who measures up!

Don’t see your name in our top totals?  Find out how your stats compare.  Fish on!

Volunteer Resources

Participant Handbook
Volunteer Forms and Waivers
Point Lobos Magazine Article (2011)
2015 Volunteer Angler Newsletter

Want to get involved?
Let us know! Just send in completed CCFRP Volunteer Forms and Waivers and we’ll get back to you with trip information.

Contact Us

Fisheries & Conservation Biology / CA Sea Grant
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
8272 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
p: (831) 771-4443   f: (831) 632-4403
Click here to view the CCFRP Photo Gallery.
Click here for an entertaining and educational video about releasing rockfishes.