Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

In December 2016 and February 2017, CDFW hosted two public conference calls to provide stakeholders with a general introduction to the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), and to discuss a draft approach to scaling management efforts and storing fisheries data on a web-based portal. These two public conference calls were the first in a series of discussions that have been planned to help inform and guide key components of the MLMA Master Plan amendment process.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the next discussion in this series, which will take place as an agenda item during the Fish and Game Commission’s upcoming Marine Resources Committee meeting. Continue reading

New Groundfish Regulation Implementation Delayed

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Vermilion rockfish, one of more than 90 species of groundfish found in state waters.   CDFW photo by A. Maguire

UPDATE – Late on Feb 3, 2017 the federal government announced that 2017-2018 recreational and commercial groundfish regulations would go into effect on Feb. 7, 2017. View updated recreational groundfish regulation summaries here.

On Jan. 20, 2017, White House staff on behalf of President Trump implemented a regulatory freeze to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending federal regulations. This freeze includes 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

Agencies Mull Options to Prepare for Future Domoic Acid Events

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CDPH staff collects viscera from cooked crabs during domoic acid testing in 2015.   photo courtesy CDPH

In 2015 and 2016, there was an unprecedented bloom of a single-celled plant called Pseudo-nitzschia in ocean waters, which resulted in  elevated levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and rock crab. The elevated levels of domoic acid in crab along the West Coast impacted California fisheries from Santa Barbara to the Oregon Border.

The conditions that support the growth of Pseudo-nitzschia are impossible to predict, but tend to be more common in the warmer months Continue reading