World Oceans Day

CDFW MPA Banner underwater at the Blue Cavern Onshore SMCA
CDFW MPA banner in Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area giant kelp forest
CDFW photo by A. Van Diggelen

Many people know that we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. But did you know there is an international day that celebrates our world’s oceans? Officially recognized by the United Nations and celebrated every June 8 since 2008, World Oceans Day encourages us to come together to acknowledge the beauty and resources the oceans contribute to our everyday lives, as well as the importance of taking care of our global ocean.

For Californians, the spirit of World Oceans Day is already a big part of our state identity! Whether you want to hang ten while surfing in southern California Continue reading “World Oceans Day”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cabrillo State Marine Reserve

Cabrillo SMR Coast
Cabrillo State Marine Reserve at low tide
photo by C. Shen

If you’ve never been tidepooling, the Point Loma tidepools in San Diego are a good place to start. These tidepools lie within Cabrillo State Marine Reserve (SMR) and Cabrillo National Monument, just a short drive down the hill from the national monument’s main entrance and visitor center. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cabrillo State Marine Reserve”

Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea

Traveling Tidepool of the Sonoma MPA collaborative
The Sonoma MPA Collaborative and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods bring tidepools to the redwood forest with their Mobile Marine Van. Volunteers teach visitors about the important connections between land and sea 
photo by M. Luna

Sonoma County offers some of California’s most iconic landscapes, from towering redwood trees to rolling hills blanketed by vineyards. The Sonoma coast is no exception, with sweeping views of crashing waves that shape the offshore, rocky sea stacks and mossy forests that extend nearly down to the water’s edge. Continue reading “Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea”

Webinar: Discussion of Proposed Draft Commercial Kelp and Other Marine Algae Regulatory Changes

Macrocystis pyriferal
Top view of Macrocystis pyrifera
CDFW photo by R. Flores Miller

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a webinar to discuss the commercial harvest of wild kelp and other marine algae, including proposed draft regulatory changes, supporting data, and results from a commercial harvester survey. Continue reading “Webinar: Discussion of Proposed Draft Commercial Kelp and Other Marine Algae Regulatory Changes”

Teacher Toolkits and Tribal Traditions: The Humboldt Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Kids participating in beach clean up
Humboldt students participating in the Kid’s Ocean Day beach cleanup
photo by P. Cudahy

Humboldt County is home to some of the most remote marine protected areas (MPAs) in California. The county’s eight MPAs and two special closures are a part of the larger statewide network of 124 MPAs, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Continue reading “Teacher Toolkits and Tribal Traditions: The Humboldt Marine Protected Area Collaborative”