Join Us: “MLMA 101” Orientation Conference Call

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public to learn about the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. We hope you will join us for a conversation about the upcoming process:

“Marine Life Management Act 101” Orientation
Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Conference Number: (218) 339-7804 | Conference ID: 7927150

Agenda (PDF)

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area, and Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

View of the Pacific Ocean from the Russian River Estuary. “Goat Rock and the Russian River” by W. Hsieh, CC BY  2.0

You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading

Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for November 2016! Here’s your chance to show off your fish identification knowledge and win a “Release At Depth” rockfish barotrauma cap. To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to by December 30, 2016 identifying:

Be sure to enter “November MMN Fish Quiz” as the “Subject” of your e-mail. The winner will be selected during a random drawing from all correct answers received by December 30,2016.

CDFW photo by E.W. Roberts III

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (Part Two)

staghorn sculpins
Pacific staghorn sculpins (Leptocottus armatus). The species name armatus is Greek for “armed,” referring to the antler-like spines on the fish’s gill covers. photo by F. Shaughnessy

This is Part Two of a special installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One of the installment investigated what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections that are in place to safeguard it. This final installment takes an inside look at recent research documenting the current state of the marine recreational management area. Continue reading