Rockfish, Salmon, and More: The Most Popular Marine Management News Blog Posts of 2019

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has shared important developments in ocean resource management through the Marine Management News, CDFW’s Marine Region blog, since the turn of the century. The top five blog posts for 2019, listed below, reflect some of the topics Continue reading “Rockfish, Salmon, and More: The Most Popular Marine Management News Blog Posts of 2019”

Rare 7-year-old Chinook Salmon Caught in California Ocean Salmon Fishery

Chinook salmon
Large Chinook salmon sampled at Moss Landing, California in 2019 (not the 7-year-old salmon).
CDFW photo

In July of this year, a commercial salmon troller caught a 7-year-old Central Valley fall-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) near Bodega Bay that measured 36 inches long. Continue reading “Rare 7-year-old Chinook Salmon Caught in California Ocean Salmon Fishery”

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California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan

At its October 10, 2019 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP). The Herring FMP establishes a cohesive strategy to guide the sustainable management of California’s commercial and recreational Pacific herring fisheries, as required by the Marine Life Management Act. Continue reading “California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan”

Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has monitored northern California kelp forest ecosystems and red abalone populations for the past 20 years. Surveys completed in the summer of 2018 continued to document mass abalone starvation and population collapse. Continue reading “Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California”

Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries

Dungeness crab
Dungeness crab
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is developing several important regulation changes that will affect the commercial Dungeness crab fleet and other trap fisheries in 2020 and beyond. Continue reading “Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries”