ocean habitats

The Santa Cruz Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Partnering with Parks and More

Natural Bridges SMR
Natural Bridges State Beach and State Marine Reserve. UC Santa Cruz’s marine science campus is located on the far point, bordering the reserve.
CDFW photo by C. Shen

The laid back, beachy vibe of the colorful coastal town of Santa Cruz conjures images of surfers gracefully riding the waves at Steamer Lane or locals leisurely navigating an oceanside bike trail on beach cruisers. Continue reading “The Santa Cruz Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Partnering with Parks and More”

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

Vermilion rockfish
photo © katastrophe1 CC BY-NC 2.0

If you are a recreational angler or spearfisher and plan on fishing for rockfish, lingcod, California scorpionfish (sculpin), and other species of “groundfish” in 2021, continue reading to learn about important regulation changes that will take effect in the new year. Anglers and spearfishers should check CDFW’s website for the current regulations before fishing for groundfish, and are advised that some groundfish regulations printed in the 2020-21 ocean sport fishing regulations book will be out of date starting January 1, 2021.

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian Gulch State Marine Conservation Area

Russian Gulch SMCA
Russian Gulch SMCA
photo by C. Shen

Imagine a place along the California coast where redwood trees and ferns stand peacefully, securely rooted in the soil. Beneath the adjacent turquoise waters, kelp and other seaweeds are firmly attached to the rocky seabed, swaying and swirling with the churning of the ocean. A visit to Russian Gulch State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) and Russian Gulch State Park, located just two miles north of the charming coastal town of Mendocino, brings this vision to life.

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The Mendocino Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Engaging Partners to Fill Local Needs

Mendocino MPA Collaborative members at a state historic park
Mendocino Marine Protected Area Collaborative members pose for a photo at Point Cabrillo Light Station
State Historic Park
Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network photo

Mendocino County is well known for its stunning coast and towering redwoods. These natural features are protected by an abundance of marine protected areas (MPAs) and state parks throughout the county. MPAs and state parks are often found side by side here, with nine of the 14 state-managed MPAs lying adjacent to a state park. About 25 percent of California’s MPA-state park pairs are located in Mendocino County.

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CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Prospective Pacific Fishery Management Council Members

PFMC logoThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is soliciting recommendations to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). CDFW must receive recommendations by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2020.

The vacancies include California’s obligatory PFMC member and one At-Large member, both of which expire in August, 2021. Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Prospective Pacific Fishery Management Council Members”