New Survey Solicits Public Input on Recreational Red Abalone Fishery

abalone and urchin
Abalone and urchin feed on sea palm washed into deeper water from the intertidal zone.   photo by K. Joe

An online survey soliciting public opinion about red abalone fishery management is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. Public input will inform the development of a red abalone fishery management plan, and help CDFW to address the interests and concerns of the public. To learn more about abalone management and the fishery management plan development process, please visit the CDFW website.

post by CDFW Research Writer Mary Patyten

Public Meetings on Artificial Reefs in California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host public meetings in April and May 2017 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 Continue reading

Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

In December 2016 and February 2017, CDFW hosted two public conference calls to provide stakeholders with a general introduction to the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), and to discuss a draft approach to scaling management efforts and storing fisheries data on a web-based portal. These two public conference calls were the first in a series of discussions that have been planned to help inform and guide key components of the MLMA Master Plan amendment process.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the next discussion in this series, which will take place as an agenda item during the Fish and Game Commission’s upcoming Marine Resources Committee meeting. Continue reading

CDFW and Partners to Share Key Findings From Southern California MPA Baseline Monitoring

Event flyer (click to read or download)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and Ocean Science Trust invite members of the South Coast ocean community to join a series of informal community gatherings from March 20-24 to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region.

Five community gatherings will take place in San Diego, San Pedro, Malibu, San Clemente, and Santa Barbara. Visit the Continue reading

Governor Brown Takes Action to Protect Oceans

California coastline
CDFW photo

Last week, Governor Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to renew and expand a joint commitment to develop more renewable power, including offshore clean energy. Under the agreement, California and the U.S. Department of the Interior will coordinate the environmental review of potential marine renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind and wave energy, continue to identify offshore areas for potential projects, and update permitting guidance for these projects. This MOU builds on the creation of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force launched earlier this year. Continue reading