Available Now: Southern California Marine Protected Area Baseline Technical Reports

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Treefish cruises a rocky reef off Catalina Island

Baseline monitoring of Southern California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) concluded in the summer of 2014. Following an extensive review process involving all key partners (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Ocean Science Trust, California Ocean Protection Council, and California Sea Grant) the final technical reports detailing these baseline conditions are now available through California Sea Grant.

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From the Marine Region Manager

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2014 Region Projects Summary (click image above)

As stated in our mission, science and communication are the cornerstones of everything we do in the Marine Region. On any given day, Marine Region staff can be found along California’s 1,100 mile coastline examining the ocean’s flora and fauna both under water and in the lab, engaging stakeholders through public meetings and informal discussions, and out on the docks surveying and distributing the myriad of outreach materials we produce. In 2014, we prepared a special marine issue in the 100th volume of California Fish and Game that highlighted the cutting-edge science performed by Marine Region staff. We also unveiled the new and Continue reading

Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens South of Horse Mountain

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CDFW Environmental Scientist James Phillips with a nice Chinook salmon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the recreational salmon season is now open in ocean waters through April 30, 2015 from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border. Recreational ocean salmon regulations in effect on or after May 1 have not yet been finalized.

The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. When on a vessel Continue reading

2015-2016 Commercial Market Squid Season Opens April 1

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Market squid mating over an egg bed

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the 2015-2016 commercial fishing season for market squid will open coastwide in California on Wednesday April 1, 2015 for restricted access permit holders. The commercial market squid season runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year and has a seasonal catch limit of 118,000 short tons. Continue reading

CDFW Reminds Divers and Hoopnetters: Time to Submit Spiny Lobster Report Cards

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Scientific aid Jon Kurt holding a large spiny lobster during a 2007 lobster creel survey

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders that March 18 is the last day of the lobster fishing season and to return their report cards by April 30, 2015 as required by law. Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.

The cards need to be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online beginning March 20 Continue reading