Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Egg (Devil’s Slide) Rock to Devil’s Slide Special Closure

view of Egg Rock from the mainland
View of Egg Rock from the mainland
photo by P. Gonzales

In 1986, a devastating oil spill wiped out an entire population of more than 3,000 common murres nesting on Egg Rock off the coast of San Mateo County. But this restoration story has a happy ending – over the last quarter century, the common murre population here has rebounded to more than 2,000 birds. Read on to find out how state and federal interventions assisted in this comeback… Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Egg (Devil’s Slide) Rock to Devil’s Slide Special Closure”

CDFW Releases Updated Draft Conservation Plan for Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Dungeness crab boats in harbor
Crab boats docked in Bodega Bay harbor
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released an updated draft conservation plan for public review and comment that addresses protected species interactions in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

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CDFW to Lift Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Southern California Oil Spill

scientist with fish
Fishermen and scientists gathered samples of marine life along the coast to determine impacts from the Southern California oil spill.
photo by A. Cooney, U.S. Coast Guard

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that there is no further risk to public health related to seafood consumption in the Southern California area affected by an Oct. 2021 oil spill. As a result, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will lift the fisheries closure related to the Pipeline P00547 Incident at noon on Tuesday November 30, 2021.

To ensure a safe and orderly reopening, no attempt to take fish or invertebrates, including the placement of baited traps or hoop nets in the fishery closure zone, may be made prior to the noon opener.  More information will be posted on the response website (https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure/). In addition, Continue reading “CDFW to Lift Fisheries Closure Implemented Due to Southern California Oil Spill”

CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Pacific Fishery Management Council Member

commercial salmon troller
California commercial salmon troller
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking for recommendations to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The Member At-Large seat expires Continue reading “CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Pacific Fishery Management Council Member”

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens Dec. 1 in Northern California

Fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
Commercial fishermen servicing a Dungeness crab trap
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

Quality test results from Nov. 15 indicate that the commercial Dungeness crab fishery can open on schedule on Dec. 1 in northern California. Dungeness crab collected from Crescent City, Trinidad, and Eureka showed that crab exceeded the meat recovery criteria established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee. Following a call with Tri-State managers from Oregon and Washington on Nov. 19, the entire Tri-State area will open Dec. 1. Please refer to Oregon’s and Washington’s respective industry notices for more information.

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