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
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
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
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
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