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

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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

Snapshot: Saltwater State Record Catches for 2017

In 2017, four saltwater anglers and three spear fishermen became new state record holders after hauling in some exceptional fish.  Continue reading

Public Input Requested to Guide the Future of the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program

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Juvenile White Seabass in a pen
HSWRI photo

California Sea Grant recently submitted a final independent scientific evaluation of the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The evaluation team concluded that the OREHP has made groundbreaking progress in developing hatchery-rearing and enhancement practices and systems for marine species. However, it has not substantially increased the abundance of White Seabass, with a less than one percent contribution to the wild White Seabass fishery over the last 30 years. Continue reading