Grunion Dance: By the Light of the Moon

grunion and poem
photo by Kelly Scofield

There has been much interest in the full moon lately because of recent headlines about the ‘super blood wolf moon’ in January (coincident with a lunar eclipse) and the ‘super snow moon’ in February. However, California Grunion don’t care what we call the various full moons or the unnamed new moons in the early spring through fall months. It’s the combined gravitational pull of Continue reading

Marine Region’s 2018 Year in Review Now Available!

report coverWhich fisheries were affected by domoic acid in 2018? What huge upgrade was kicked off last year for commercial landings reporting? What new fishery management plans were under development in 2018? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region 2018 Year in Review, now available on the CDFW Marine Region website!

The 28-page Review summarizes Marine Region activities in 2018, from abalone surveys to white seabass management. Over the last year, region staff worked to maintain and advance California fisheries management, monitoring, Continue reading

Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

Morro Bay
White pelicans, with Morro Rock in the background
photo by T. Heitzenrater

As you drive on Highway 1 into Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, a towering rock comes into view marking the edge of the Pacific Ocean. More than 575 feet tall, Morro Rock is evidence of the area’s volcanically active past. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Dume State Marine Reserve and Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

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Point Dume SMR and Point Dume SMCA
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Just over 30 miles due west of downtown Los Angeles, one of the world’s most popular coastal destinations — Malibu — attracts millions of visitors each year. Famous for expansive beaches, sprawling estates, and majestic mountains, Malibu averages over 280 sunny days a year, and is an outdoor haven for locals and tourists alike.

Encompassing more than 25 miles of coastline, Malibu is home to beaches, beaches, and surprise…more beaches! While many of these Continue reading

Draft Marine Protected Area Monitoring Action Plan Available for Public Review

action plan coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce that the draft Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Action Plan (Action Plan) is now available online. Public comments can be submitted on the Action Plan and Action Plan appendices by email at R7MPA@wildlife.ca.gov until August 16, 2018.

Quantitative and expert informed approaches to long-term monitoring have been under development since the start of baseline monitoring to describe conditions inside and outside MPAs. The draft Action Plan, developed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Continue reading