Category Archives: Fishes

Remotely Operated Vehicle Provides a Deep Water Window into California’s MPAs

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Copper rockfish and red gorgonian coral

Throughout 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) engaged in deep-water habitat surveys off the California coast using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).  MARE’s ROV Beagle was deployed twice in Southern California and once in northern California, kicking off an unprecedented three-year, statewide survey of marine protected areas (MPAs) and nearby, comparable rocky habitats. Continue reading

What’s Happening with Pacific Sardine?

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Pacific sardine

Last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service closed the large-volume commercial Pacific sardine fishery in state and federal waters off California, Oregon, and Washington until at least July 2016. This lucrative fishery brought in over $40 million to California only eight years ago. Pacific sardine biomass has decreased since then and is now too low to support large volume fishing, forcing fishery managers to close the fishery to protect the population. What happened to the Pacific sardine, and how are the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) fishery managers helping to protect this small pelagic fish, which plays an integral role in the Pacific Ocean’s food web and in fishing communities coastwide? Continue reading

Dancing With Grunion: Not A Myth!

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Adult male grunion next to female grunion (her tail hidden in the sand) during a nighttime spawning run

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

Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens South of Horse Mountain

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CDFW Environmental Scientist James Phillips with a nice Chinook salmon

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the recreational salmon season is now open in ocean waters through April 30, 2015 from Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude) south to the U.S.-Mexico border. Recreational ocean salmon regulations in effect on or after May 1 have not yet been finalized.

The daily bag limit is two Chinook salmon per day and no more than two daily bag limits may be possessed when on land. When on a vessel Continue reading