Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation Area

Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) lies four miles offshore of the Monterey peninsula in central California. The SMCA was established following the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act in 1999, which mandated the redesign of California’s marine protected area (MPA) system into a cohesive network. Currently, only 14 of the 124 state MPAs protect deepwater, submarine canyon habitat; Portuguese Ledge SMCA was one of the first such MPAs to be established. Continue reading

Public Meetings, Webinar Set on Artificial Reefs in California

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

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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