Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Russian River State Marine Recreational Management Area, and Russian River State Marine Conservation Area

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Russian River Estuary. “Goat Rock and the Russian River” by W. Hsieh, CC BY  2.0

You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading

Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz

Welcome to the Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz for November 2016! Here’s your chance to show off your fish identification knowledge and win a “Release At Depth” rockfish barotrauma cap. To qualify for the drawing, simply send the correct information to AskMarine@wildlife.ca.gov by December 30, 2016 identifying:

Be sure to enter “November 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 December 30,2016.

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CDFW photo by E.W. Roberts III

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Following the Halibut: CDFW Tracks 2016 Recreational Pacific Halibut Catches to Keep Within Quota

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Sport fisherman and California Recreational Fishery Survey staff with Pacific halibut. CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has monitored the recreational Pacific halibut catch to ensure it does not exceed the federally set annual quota since 2015. Active catch tracking during the season allows CDFW to manage the fishery in a timely and responsive way, and keep the catch within the quota.

The process for 2016 is the same one CDFW used to successfully track the fishery in 2015. CDFW tracks the catch using a combination of catch projections and catch estimates, and coordinates weekly with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regarding progress towards the quota. If catch projections indicate the quota may be exceeded, NMFS has the authority to close the fishery early. Continue reading