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Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for February 2015! We’re stretching the definition of “fish” to the legal limit with this quiz, by selecting a crustacean for identification!  (The legal definition of “fish” in California Fish and Game Code (§45) includes not only wild fish but also crustaceans, mollusks, invertebrates, and amphibians, and any “part, spawn, or ova thereof.”)

We felt it was only fair to include these multi-legged critters in at least one identification quiz, given their popularity. So, here’s your chance to show off your shellfish identification knowledge and win an official Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fish tagging cap! To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov by March 31, 2015 identifying:

  • The species of crab pictured below (scientific name) and an accepted common name, and
  • The daily bag limit, as found in the current Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet

Be sure to enter “February 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 March 31, 2015. fish ID 01.15 Continue reading

Centennial Issue of Journal Celebrates California’s Ocean Resources

CA Fish and Wildlife Marine IssueAre you looking for an engaging read to help alleviate the stress of the holidays? If your interests include the care and conservation of California’s ocean resources, you might want to take a look at the special marine issue of California Fish and Game, California’s longest-running, continuously published scientific journal. The Spring 2014 issue contains reviews and study results focusing on the plants and animals that live in California’s marine environments.

This special issue covers a broad selection of topics, from aerial sardine surveys, to hagfish trap gear, to an overview of California’s marine protected area network and more, in papers authored by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) marine scientists, past and present. Continue reading

2014 CalCOFI Symposium: Modeling the California Current Ecosystem

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CalCOFI scientists deploy equipment to sample seawater

What will the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) off our coast be like in the coming decades and beyond? Scientists are exploring how to accurately forecast future conditions in the CCE on a scale of days to seasons. The latest scientific information on predicting fluctuations and long term changes in the CCE will be showcased at the upcoming annual CalCOFI Symposium.

This year, the symposium will take place Dec. 8-10 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Angling Record

A new state angling record was set on September 17, 2014 when Matthew Franco (left) reeled in a 3 lb. 4 oz. kelp greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus) while fishing near Carmel in central California. This fish beats the previous state angling record by 1 oz. Congratulations Matthew!

In the state angling record category, current open species include Humboldt squid (min. weight 40 lb.), rainbow surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.), and walleye surfperch (min. weight 1 lb.). For more information about state recreational fishing and diving records, see the CDFW Record Ocean Sport Fish webpage. Continue reading

Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for October 2014! Here’s your chance to show off your fish identification knowledge and win an official Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) fish tagging cap. To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov by December 15, 2014 identifying:

  • The species of the fish pictured below (scientific name) and an accepted common name, and
  • The daily bag limit, as found in the 2014-2015 Ocean Sport Fishing regulations booklet

Be sure to enter “October 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 15, 2014. See the correct answer to the quiz.

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