Grunion Dance: By the Light of the Moon

grunion and poem
photo by Kelly Scofield

There has been much interest in the full moon lately because of recent headlines about the ‘super blood wolf moon’ in January (coincident with a lunar eclipse) and the ‘super snow moon’ in February. However, California Grunion don’t care what we call the various full moons or the unnamed new moons in the early spring through fall months. It’s the combined gravitational pull of Continue reading

Marine Region’s 2018 Year in Review Now Available!

report coverWhich fisheries were affected by domoic acid in 2018? What huge upgrade was kicked off last year for commercial landings reporting? What new fishery management plans were under development in 2018? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the Marine Region 2018 Year in Review, now available on the CDFW Marine Region website!

The 28-page Review summarizes Marine Region activities in 2018, from abalone surveys to white seabass management. Over the last year, region staff worked to maintain and advance California fisheries management, monitoring, Continue reading

Outlook for 2019 Ocean Salmon Fisheries to be Presented at Meeting

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Chinook salmon
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented along with the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa.

A list of additional meetings and opportunities for public comment is available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s ocean salmon web page. Please email Chenchen Shen or call (707) 576-2885 for more information.


post by Kandice Morgenstern, CDFW Environmental Scientist

California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019

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Beginning in 2019, the Lingcod daily bag and possession limit is one fish south of Cape Mendocino.
CDFW photo by M. Parker

On December 12, 2018 the California Fish and Game Commission took action to modify regulations for groundfish fishing. The changes went into effect January 2, 2019.

While many of the changes are good news and reflect improvements in the status of several species, not all changes resulted in increased opportunities for the recreational groundfish fishery. For California Groundfish Management Areas south of 40°10’ N latitude (near Cape Mendocino in northern CaliforniaContinue reading

Don’t Eat That Razor Clam!

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Razor clam
CDFW photo by J. Ray

The sport razor clam fishery closed more than two years ago in Humboldt and Del Norte counties due to harmful levels of a naturally occurring marine biotoxin, domoic acid. The state Department of Public Health (CDPH) has documented varying levels of toxin in the clams since the closure, but levels have not fallen low enough to reopen the sport season.

In fact, recently skyrocketing levels of domoic acid in northern California razor clams have renewed concerns among Continue reading