Reminder: Abalone Season Opens May 1 After Commission Approves Emergency Regulations for 2017

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Healthy red abalone on the move over crustose coralline algae-encrusted rock at Van Damme State Marine Conservation Area, August 27, 2015. CDFW photo by A. Maguire

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds divers and rock-pickers gearing up for the start of the red abalone season that the bag limit and season have changed for this popular fishery under emergency regulations for 2017.

The season has been shortened by two months, with an opening date of May 1 instead of April 1, and a closing date of October 31 instead of November 30.  In addition, the annual limit has been lowered to 12 abalone (from 18 abalone). The California Fish and Game Commission approved a shortened season Continue reading

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

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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

Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

Stakeholders are invited to participate in a series of discussions to help inform and guide key components of the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. The next discussion has been scheduled:

Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan Amendment
Discussion for Interested Stakeholders

Draft Approach to Scaled Management and a Web-based Fisheries Dashboard

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:30pm PT

Join the call: 424-228-8722 – No PIN needed
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Agenda (PDF)

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New Online Resource for Kelp and Other Marine Algae

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Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera   photo by R. Flores-Miller

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has produced a new web resource for kelp and other marine algae that provides information on commercial and recreational algae harvest, historical commercial harvest data Continue reading

Governor Brown Takes Action to Protect Oceans

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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