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
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
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. Continue reading
Are 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
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