Clipping the Mermaid’s Locks: Observing Bull Kelp Harvest in Del Norte County

kelp harvesters
photo by G. Contolini, California Sea Grant

The harvesters donned their wetsuits, grabbed their scissors, and launched their yellow kayaks into the ocean from the pebbled beach. We followed close behind, excited for our first observation of this kind of commercial harvest. Continue reading “Clipping the Mermaid’s Locks: Observing Bull Kelp Harvest in Del Norte County”

Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

fishing boats at San Francisco
Commercial fishing vessels tied up in San Francisco
CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

Commercial fishery participants and other commercial fishing-related businesses can now apply for additional financial assistance for COVID-19 related impacts. The Secretary of Commerce announced the allocation of an additional $255 million in fisheries assistance funding earlier this year, with California receiving $15,315,740 under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Applications for these recovery funds are now available through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for eligible and qualified individuals and businesses. Continue reading “Additional Funds Available for Commercial Fisheries Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill

Oil spill clean-up efforts under way
Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. A unified command has been established to respond to and clean up the oil spill off the California coast. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo

Notification from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. Continue reading “Southern California Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Oil Spill”

Call for Candidates to Serve on Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Body

PFMC logoThe Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on a number of advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received via the Council’s online Advisory Body Nomination Form no later than 5 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021. Continue reading “Call for Candidates to Serve on Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Body”

New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California

crab buoy
New trap buoy configuration
CDFW photo by P. Ward

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted new regulations for the recreational crab fishery in late 2020. The revised regulations include the following new requirements when fishing with crab traps: Continue reading “New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California”