The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with the San Mateo Marine Protected Area (MPA) Community Collaborative, the San Mateo Harbor District, and others, recently installed a new informational kiosk adjacent to the boat launch at the Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County. The kiosk will provide up-to-date information to recreational anglers before they head out on the water. Continue reading
This year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is updating the 2008 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The updated 2015 Master Plan will be a guidance document that shifts the focus from designing and siting California’s MPA network to setting a statewide framework for MPA management. CDFW will welcome input on the updated 2015 Master Plan through a public process which starts at the Aug. 2015 meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission.
California is home to the largest scientifically designed network of MPAs in the United States. This accomplishment was the result of the State Legislature passing the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Continue reading
In the summer of 2014, researchers wrapped up their projects determining the baseline conditions of southern California’s collection of marine protected areas (MPAs). With initial scientific baseline monitoring studies now completed, CDFW staff and partners plan to release baseline data and reports for the south coast MPAs in spring 2015. The baseline monitoring reports will be available to the public on the OceanSpaces website.
Baseline monitoring establishes a benchmark, or starting point, for both the ecological and socioeconomic conditions Continue reading
In 1999, the California Legislature passed the Marine Life Protection Act mandating the redesign of California’s system of marine protected areas (MPAs). From 2004 to 2012, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) successfully implemented 119 new or redesigned MPAs, as well as five state marine recreational management areas and 15 special closures. To aid in the planning process, the state was split into five distinct regions that were each completed in turn. Because of this incremental approach, each region is now in a different phase of MPA monitoring. Continue reading
Are you looking for an engaging read to help alleviate the stress of the holidays? If your interests include the care and conservation of California’s ocean resources, you might want to take a look at the special marine issue of California Fish and Game, California’s longest-running, continuously published scientific journal. The Spring 2014 issue contains reviews and study results focusing on the plants and animals that live in California’s marine environments.
This special issue covers a broad selection of topics, from aerial sardine surveys, to hagfish trap gear, to an overview of California’s marine protected area network and more, in papers authored by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) marine scientists, past and present. Continue reading