Webinar: Discussion of Proposed Draft Commercial Kelp and Other Marine Algae Regulatory Changes

Macrocystis pyriferal
Top view of Macrocystis pyrifera
CDFW photo by R. Flores Miller

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a webinar to discuss the commercial harvest of wild kelp and other marine algae, including proposed draft regulatory changes, supporting data, and results from a commercial harvester survey. All interested parties are invited to join.

The webinar will be on June 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Use the following link and call-in information to participate in the webinar:

Porphyra Pyropia
Porphyra/ Pyropia species
CDFW photo by R. Flores Miller

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 916-535-0984   United States, Sacramento (Toll)

Conference ID: 949 545 937#

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Flores Miller, Environmental Scientist, by email Rebecca.FloresMiller@wildlife.ca.gov.  Please email any comments or feedback to kelp@wildlife.ca.gov.


post by Rebecca Flores Miller, CDFW Environmental Scientist

Domoic Acid and the Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery: A brief history of monitoring and current recreational fishery information

Freshly cooked Dungeness Crab
photo by E.W. Roberts III

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH’s) biotoxin monitoring program began in 1927 in response to a massive poisoning event that occurred after people ate mussels containing high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin. Several deaths and over 100 illnesses were attributed to the event, according to CDPH.

Domoic acid, which causes amnesic shellfish poisoning, is another potentially deadly and naturally occurring toxin that may be produced after a “bloom” of a single-celled plant called Pseudo-nitzschia. Blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia do not always produce domoic acid, and there is currently no reliable way to predict where or when a bloom will produce the toxin. Continue reading “Domoic Acid and the Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery: A brief history of monitoring and current recreational fishery information”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area and Ten Mile State Marine Reserve

Winding along Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg takes you through coastal plains, patches of forest, and hidden dunes, with a glimpse of the ocean from time to time. As you approach the bridge that crosses Ten Mile River, the scenery suddenly opens up to a panoramic view of ocean and estuary in an area known simply as Ten Mile.

Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area and Ten Mile State Marine Reserve”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve

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A foggy summer morning at Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve, one of the many pocket coves on the Sonoma coastline.
photo by Sara Worden

The northward path across the Golden Gate Bridge leads away from the bustle of the Bay Area, past the headlands and rolling hills of Marin, to the windy, wild coastline of Sonoma County. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve”

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