Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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Venture onto the 400-ft. walkway to view the Bolsa Chica Wetlands from the south entrance.  CDFW photo by S. Hubbard

One of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands form the largest saltwater marsh south of Point Conception, Santa Barbara County. Approximately 1,300 acres in size with an intricate five-mile trail system, the wetlands are home to more than 65 species of fish, birds, invertebrates, and mammals, Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Kevin Scully and his record-breaking bluefin tuna    CDFW file photo

Not one, not two, but three new ocean sport fishing records were logged into the books for tuna last year, along with a new record catch for surfperch!

On June 22, 2016 Kevin Scully speared a 269 lb. 11 oz. bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in Mission Bay to smash that species’ state diving record. This new record beats Mr. Scully’s previous bluefin tuna record by 84 lb. (yes, he beat his own record, which he set earlier that same year!).

Then, on August 14, 2016 John Correia landed a 245 lb. 0 oz. bluefin tuna on rod and reel to capture the state angling record for that species. Mr. Correia’s fish, which he hooked at 43 Fathom Bank, Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Año Nuevo State Marine Reserve

All throughout elementary school, junior high, and high school, one of my favorite activities was the class field trip. No matter where we were going, I was excited to visit somewhere new. On the central California coast, students often visit the sandy beaches of Año Nuevo – a field trip location I wasn’t fortunate enough to visit until I had grown up, but it was worth the wait. Continue reading

Governor Brown Takes Action to Protect Oceans

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CDFW photo

Last week, Governor Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to renew and expand a joint commitment to develop more renewable power, including offshore clean energy. Under the agreement, California and the U.S. Department of the Interior will coordinate the environmental review of potential marine renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind and wave energy, continue to identify offshore areas for potential projects, and update permitting guidance for these projects. This MOU builds on the creation of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force launched earlier this year. Continue reading