North Coast Marine Protected Areas – State of the Region Report Now Available

reportThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the release of the State of the California North Coast report, now available on Oceanspaces.org.

This report contains key information about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation on California’s North Coast, a geographic region extending from the California-Oregon border south to Point Arena. From 2013 through 2017, 11 baseline projects across the North Coast collected data Continue reading

Now Available for Tribal and Stakeholder Review and Public Comment: Initial Draft of the Amended Master Plan (2018 Master Plan)

noticeOver the past 18 months, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked with tribes, stakeholders, and partners to amend the Marine Life Management Act Master Plan for Fisheries. This culmination of hard work, creative thinking, and valuable input has led to the development of an initial draft of the amended Master Plan (2018 Master Plan), now available to the public.

The initial draft and instructions for how to submit Continue reading

Coming Soon: Community Gatherings to Share Information on North Coast MPAs

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Event flier (click to read or download)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites members of the North Coast ocean community and any other interested citizens to attend a series of informal community gatherings held throughout the North Coast area (Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg) from November 1-3, 2017 to learn about marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. This baseline monitoring collected information on the ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural use conditions near the time MPAs went into effect on California’s North Coast (from Alder Creek near Point Arena north to the California-Oregon border). Continue reading

Gearing Up for Abalone Season

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Choppy water off the north coast. CDFW photo by L. Lopez

Every spring at the start of abalone season, thousands of people gear up and head out to their favorite spot on the north coast to rock-pick or dive for red abalone. Strong winds often accompany the spring months, which can make ocean waters rough. Between 1993 and 2012 more than 54 people lost their lives while trying to take abalone in a variety of circumstances including rough weather, and every year Continue reading

Public Meetings, Webinar Set on Artificial Reefs in California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host public meetings to provide information on CDFW’s role in the placement and management of artificial reefs in California, including laws and regulations; historical background; what the public should expect, and what CDFW needs to move forward with the potential placement of new artificial reefs in state waters. This meeting will be focused on the need for a baseline assessment of existing artificial reefs in California to inform a statewide scientifically based artificial reef plan. Additionally, the meetings will provide an opportunity for CDFW to gain a better understanding of Continue reading