CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Prospective Pacific Fishery Management Council Members

PFMC logoThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is soliciting recommendations to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). CDFW must receive recommendations by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2020.

The vacancies include California’s obligatory PFMC member and one At-Large member, both of which expire in August, 2021. Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Prospective Pacific Fishery Management Council Members”

New Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Regulations In Effect for 2020-2021 Season

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Commercial crab traps
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

New regulations that formally establish the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) (found under California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 132.8) go into effect on November 1, 2020. The program assesses and works to minimize the risk of marine life entanglement with fishing gear associated with the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. The focal species protected Continue reading “New Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Regulations In Effect for 2020-2021 Season”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area

From ancient trees to undersea kelp forests, fog-drenched coastlines to ice-carved granite peaks, the natural landscapes of California offer a diverse range of outdoor adventures. But have you ever wondered how these iconic surroundings were formed? Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area”

CDFW Seeks Nominees for Ocean Resources Enhancement Advisory Panel

white seabass
White seabass
photo courtesy HSWRI

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is soliciting nominations for the Ocean Resources Enhancement Advisory Panel (OREAP). The OREAP is a legislatively mandated advisory body that advises CDFW’s Director in establishing policy and direction, including the expenditure of fee revenue, for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program. The purpose of the program is to determine if hatchery-released Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Nominees for Ocean Resources Enhancement Advisory Panel”