Latest Information on California Crab Fishery Closures and Testing for Domoic Acid

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Dungeness crab

Update – January 29, 2015  Crab testing was scheduled to occur on a weekly basis beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as domoic acid levels have declined. However, testing for domoic acid in Dungeness crab has been sporadic due to winter weather and storms preventing fishing vessels from going out of their respective ports to collect crab for testing. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big Creek State Marine Reserve

As you drive south on Highway 1 from Carmel (or north from San Simeon) on the central California coast, you enter a majestic stretch of coastline called Big Sur. This rugged area, known for its breathtaking views and pristine coastline, is wild yet easy to view from the highway. Although access to the water’s edge is limited, a boat trip can provide a close-up view of this remarkable marine environment. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Striped Bass

striped bass

Striped bass were introduced to California in 1879, when 132 small fish from the Navesink River in New Jersey were released into San Francisco Bay near Martinez. In 1882, three hundred more fish were released into lower Suisun Bay. By 1892 a flourishing commercial fishery had developed, which was closed in 1935 in an effort to build a robust sport fishery. Continue reading

Update: California Crab Fishery Closures Continue

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2014 rock crab, Santa Barbara County

 

Update – 12/31/2015 Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab and Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open in Southern Portion of the State

Update – 12/18/2015  Results from the latest crab tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continue to show that some areas in the Santa Barbara fishing grounds contain crab that exceed the alert level (greater than 30 parts per million) for the neurotoxin, domoic acid. At this time, the commercial and recreational fisheries for Dungeness crab and rock crab north of the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line remain closed, as well as state waters around Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel islands in the northern Channel Islands archipelago.

This week, crab samples were collected between Santa Barbara and Crescent City. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Reyes State Marine Reserve

Point Reyes

Descend approximately 300 steps to the iconic Point Reyes Lighthouse to view Point Reyes State Marine Reserve.

Many recreational activities associated with marine protected areas (MPAs) require a visitor to at least get their feet wet, but Point Reyes State Marine Reserve (SMR) offers visitors the opportunity to view and enjoy a wide diversity of animals from shore, and a bathing suit isn’t even required! Continue reading