ocean habitats

Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges

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The Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council has recognized the Northern Channel Islands marine protected areas (MPAs) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as an outstanding MPA with a Blue Park designation. Continue reading “Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges”

Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has monitored northern California kelp forest ecosystems and red abalone populations for the past 20 years. Surveys completed in the summer of 2018 continued to document mass abalone starvation and population collapse. Continue reading “Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California”

Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries

Dungeness crab
Dungeness crab
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is developing several important regulation changes that will affect the commercial Dungeness crab fleet and other trap fisheries in 2020 and beyond. Continue reading “Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries”

Reducing the Risk of Marine Life Entanglement

whale
Humpback whale
CDFW photo by P. Serpa

The Dungeness crab fishery has undergone significant changes due to new legislation, changing ocean conditions, and more recently risk of marine life entanglement, specifically with whales and sea turtles. The following update provides important information on several items affecting the commercial fleet. Continue reading “Reducing the Risk of Marine Life Entanglement”

Webinar Invitation: Prioritizing California’s Fisheries for Management Efforts

This post was updated on October 17, 2019.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Tribes and Tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to join an informational webinar to learn about the state’s efforts to develop a list of priority fisheries as directed Continue reading “Webinar Invitation: Prioritizing California’s Fisheries for Management Efforts”