Education, Technology, and Stewardship: The Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative

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Golden Gate MPA Collaborative members at a remotely operated vehicle training
photo by C. Allison

Although San Francisco is a major city and a global center for technological innovation, it is also known for having easy access to nature and strong environmental leadership. You can get lost in Golden Gate Park, go surfing at Ocean Beach, or go sailing in San Francisco Bay. Continue reading “Education, Technology, and Stewardship: The Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative”

New CDFW Marine Species Portal Provides Easy Access to Wide Variety of Information

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The Marine Species Portal home page
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Region is proud to announce the new Marine Species Portal! The new Portal replaces the temporary Marine Species Information web page and is another step towards making our website even more user friendly.

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area

The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its scenic views and amazing wildlife. Along the coastline, in the city of Pacific Grove is a beautiful place that exemplifies these features called the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA). Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area”

CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California

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Commercial crabber hauls in a crab pot.
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has created a web page dedicated to CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. On May 7, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding provided by the CARES Act to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The State of California was Continue reading “CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California”

Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative

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SeaLife Stewards are docents that work on the water along with State Parks in the Morro Bay MPAs
photo by C. O’Brien

Diverse marine habitats are a hallmark of California’s central coast region, from sandy beaches and dune landscapes, to expansive estuaries and dense kelp forests. Many are safeguarded by state marine protected areas (MPAs), which aim to protect the abundance of marine life Continue reading “Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative”