Join Us: “MLMA 101” Orientation Conference Call

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public to learn about the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan amendment process. We hope you will join us for a conversation about the upcoming process:

“Marine Life Management Act 101” Orientation
Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:00pm-1:00pm PT

Conference Number: (218) 339-7804 | Conference ID: 7927150

Agenda (PDF)

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2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now available on CDFW’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas website.

Adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission at their August 24 meeting, the plan sets a statewide foundation for the MPA Management Program to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

For more information about California’s MPAs, please visit the California MPA website.


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Updating the MLMA Master Plan: Committed to Improving Fishery Management through Greater Efficiency and Transparency

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Snowy egret keeps watch over bay shrimp commercial trawl gear on San Francisco Bay. CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), together with our partners including tribes and stakeholders, is preparing to amend the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan. The amended MLMA Master Plan will be designed to:

  • Enhance the sustainability of the state’s ocean fisheries;
  • Help promote more efficient, effective, and streamlined fisheries management;
  • Establish a clear pathway detailing the management approach for each fishery, and
  • Foster transparency and flexibility in fisheries management with tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public. Continue reading

New Recreational Crab Regulations Aim to Reduce “Ghost Fishing” and More

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Measure Dungeness crab through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab must measure at least 5¾ inches across. CDFW illustration

This year, the recreational Dungeness crab season opens statewide on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The daily bag and possession limit for Dungeness crab remains ten crabs per day that are at least 5¾ inches across, measured by the shortest distance through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab can be taken in all ocean waters of the state where they occur, excluding San Francisco and San Pablo bays. 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