Which grows faster – male or female kelp bass? What did California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Marine Region divers find last year during northern California red abalone surveys? Were any new state saltwater sport fishing records set in 2017? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region 2017 Year in Review, now available on the CDFW Marine Region website!
The 22-page Review summarizes Marine Region activities in 2017, from abalone surveys to warty sea cucumber research. Of particular interest in 2017 were milestones in marine protected area management, the rebuilding of rockfish stocks, and a dramatic increase in landings for a certain crustacean that isn’t often seen on California’s commercial docks.
The Marine Region Year in Review reports help to keep readers informed of the status of various fisheries and region activities on a year-by-year basis. With introductory messages from Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman, the reviews help to familiarize readers with all the region does to protect, maintain, enhance and restore California’s marine life and ecosystems. Reports dating back to 2014 are available on the CDFW website.
UPDATE: On July 3, 2018 the Marine Region 2017 By the Numbers report, a companion report to the Year in Review, was also published to the CDFW website. The By the Numbers report consists of tables summarizing the most significant commercial and recreational fish landings in the state, and other statistical information related to ocean fishing and Marine Region operations.
post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer
updated July 9, 2018