Marine Region’s 2019 Year in Review Now Available!

2019 Year in Review and By the NumbersThe 2019 Year in Review is now available for your reading pleasure along with its companion document By the Numbers. The Year in Review is a condensed one-stop shop of the entire year’s accomplishments and our By the Numbers summarizes some of the most important commercial and recreational fishing numbers for your easy review. In other words, if you only read two documents from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Region this year, these are them! Continue reading “Marine Region’s 2019 Year in Review Now Available!”

Rockfish, Salmon, and More: The Most Popular Marine Management News Blog Posts of 2019

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has shared important developments in ocean resource management through the Marine Management News, CDFW’s Marine Region blog, since the turn of the century. The top five blog posts for 2019, listed below, reflect some of the topics Continue reading “Rockfish, Salmon, and More: The Most Popular Marine Management News Blog Posts of 2019”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Submarine Canyon Habitats

Deep and mysterious waters lie just off California’s coast, sometimes within a stone’s throw of the beach. A millennium of tectonic forces, and more recent geologic forces like ice ages and erosion have brought these present-day deep ocean habitats, called submarine canyons, to our coastal doorstep. Exotic ocean life and biological diversity abound in these deep canyons. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Submarine Canyon Habitats”

Rare 7-year-old Chinook Salmon Caught in California Ocean Salmon Fishery

Chinook salmon
Large Chinook salmon sampled at Moss Landing, California in 2019 (not the 7-year-old salmon).
CDFW photo

In July of this year, a commercial salmon troller caught a 7-year-old Central Valley fall-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) near Bodega Bay that measured 36 inches long. Continue reading “Rare 7-year-old Chinook Salmon Caught in California Ocean Salmon Fishery”

Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has monitored northern California kelp forest ecosystems and red abalone populations for the past 20 years. Surveys completed in the summer of 2018 continued to document mass abalone starvation and population collapse. Continue reading “Environmental Disaster Continues to Decimate Bull Kelp Forests and Red Abalone Populations in Northern California”