Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area, and Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Russian River Estuary. “Goat Rock and the Russian River” by W. Hsieh, CC BY  2.0

You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading

Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for November 2016! Here’s your chance to show off your fish identification knowledge and win a “Release At Depth” rockfish barotrauma cap. To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov by December 30, 2016 identifying:

Be sure to enter “November MMN Fish Quiz” as the “Subject” of your e-mail. The winner will be selected during a random drawing from all correct answers received by December 30,2016.

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CDFW photo by E.W. Roberts III

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (Part Two)

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Pacific staghorn sculpins (Leptocottus armatus). The species name armatus is Greek for “armed,” referring to the antler-like spines on the fish’s gill covers. photo by F. Shaughnessy

This is Part Two of a special installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One of the installment investigated what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections that are in place to safeguard it. This final installment takes an inside look at recent research documenting the current state of the marine recreational management area. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area (Part One)

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View of South Humboldt Bay SMRMA from atop a coastal bluff. CDFW photo by A. Frimodig

This is a special, two-part installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One investigates what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections in place to safeguard it, while Part Two will take an inside look at research under way in the bay.

Situated along the rugged coastline of northern California and adjacent to the coastal towns of Eureka and Arcata, Humboldt Bay is the Golden State’s second largest estuary. Out of approximately 116 estuaries statewide, it encompasses about 28 square miles, and is second in size only to San Francisco Bay. Continue reading

2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now available on CDFW’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas website.

Adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission at their August 24 meeting, the plan sets a statewide foundation for the MPA Management Program to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

For more information about California’s MPAs, please visit the California MPA website.


post by CDFW Marine Region staff