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Whale Entanglement Discussion Set for August 20

crab pot gearA California Whale Entanglement Discussion meeting hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Ocean Protection Council, and NOAA Fisheries will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Elihu M. Harris State Building in Oakland. The goal of the meeting is to begin an open dialogue with industry members of the commercial California Dungeness crab fishery and exchange information on the incidence of whale entanglements off the California coast, including possible short- and long-term strategies to reduce the risk of entanglements. Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Diving Record

Mark Mayeda and record bluefin tuna

New diving record holder Mark Mayeda

A new ocean diving record was set on June 11, 2015 when Mark Mayeda speared and landed a 178 lb. 1 oz. bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) at the 277 Spot off Southern California, smashing the previous state diving record for this species by 80 lb. 1 oz. The previous official state record, a 98 lb. bluefin tuna speared by Terry Maas while freediving in 1982, stood unbroken for 33 years. Congratulations go out to Mr. Mayeda, our latest state record holder, for his spectacular catch!

With the current warm water regime off the West Coast, more large, warm water pelagic species such as bluefin tuna have been seen not only off the California coastline, but up into Oregon, Washington, and some reports even indicate into Alaskan waters, according to Continue reading

Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Roland Takayama and his state record Pismo clam (in hand)

Two new ocean sportfishing records were logged into the books towards the end of 2014. On October 12, 2014 Greg Veach landed a 7 lb. 4 oz. olive rockfish (Sebastes serranoides) near Morro Bay to smash that species’ state record by a hefty one pound, six ounces. The previous record, set by Haady Forbes, had been unbeaten for 23 years. Continue reading

Dancing With Grunion: Not A Myth!

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Male and female grunion perform an age-old dance on a dark, sandy beach

Along Southern California’s sandy beaches, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the sea is once again in full swing: the California grunion have come ashore to spawn. Grunion runs have been enjoyed by Southern California residents for more than 100 years, but there are still those who are skeptical of their existence. To be invited out in the middle of the night to go “dancing with grunion” does sound a little ridiculous, but in reality it’s the only way to experience this natural phenomenon. Continue reading

From the Marine Region Manager

2014 Marine Region project summary

2014 Region Projects Summary (click image above)

As stated in our mission, science and communication are the cornerstones of everything we do in the Marine Region. On any given day, Marine Region staff can be found along California’s 1,100 mile coastline examining the ocean’s flora and fauna both under water and in the lab, engaging stakeholders through public meetings and informal discussions, and out on the docks surveying and distributing the myriad of outreach materials we produce. In 2014, we prepared a special marine issue in the 100th volume of California Fish and Game that highlighted the cutting-edge science performed by Marine Region staff. We also unveiled the new and Continue reading