Innovative Distance Learning Program Helps Students Discover the California MPA Network

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PORTS interpreter, Crystal Cove State Park

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks have teamed up to teach California students about the state’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Through the power of live videoconferencing and online interactive lessons, thousands of students are now learning about California’s MPAs. The lessons showcase the important role that individual MPAs, and the MPA network as a whole, play in safeguarding California’s marine resources. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

A biological hotspot resides off California’s southern coast at La Jolla, characterized by dense kelp forests, surfgrass beds, hard- and soft-bottom deep water habitats, and both sandy beaches and rocky shores. To protect this ecologically diverse area, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve (SMR) as a marine protected area (MPA) in January 2012. Continue reading

2014-2015 Recreational Spiny Lobster Effort and Catch Estimates Available

Estimates Possible Thanks to Lobster Report Card Returns

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California spiny lobsters

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has generated estimates of recreational spiny lobster catch and effort for the most recent lobster fishing season, based on data collected from lobster report cards.  CDFW thanks everyone who returned their lobster report card(s) on time this year, as required by law.

Over 36,000 lobster report cards were sold for the 2014-2015 lobster fishing season, of which approximately 54 percent were either reported online or mailed to the San Diego office. Continue reading

Whale Entanglement Discussion Set for August 20

crab pot gearA California Whale Entanglement Discussion meeting hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Ocean Protection Council, and NOAA Fisheries will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Elihu M. Harris State Building in Oakland. The goal of the meeting is to begin an open dialogue with industry members of the commercial California Dungeness crab fishery and exchange information on the incidence of whale entanglements off the California coast, including possible short- and long-term strategies to reduce the risk of entanglements. Continue reading

Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Closes Thursday August 13, 2015

CDFW staff measures Pacific halibut

CDFW staff collects data from Pacific halibut

After an active summer, the last day of recreational Pacific halibut fishing will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The season will be closed for the remainder of the year. Excellent weather during July and early August and a successful catch rate contributed to the early closure of the fishery by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service following consultation with CDFW.

This was the first year of a newly designed Pacific halibut season structure that provided for set open and closed periods of fishing. The short breaks between open periods were anticipated to spread fishing opportunity from May through October (the entirety of the previous season) without exceeding the quota. Continue reading