The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reviewing the regulations that govern the commercial harvest of marine algae along the California coast, primarily to improve clarity of the regulations and management policies.
Marine algae are important to nearshore ecosystems. They provide food and habitat for many marine animals, and biological services such as carbon dioxide absorption (during photosynthesis). In addition to their ecological importance, humans collect marine algae for a variety of uses. Native Americans historically and currently use marine algae Continue reading
Adult male grunion next to female grunion (her tail hidden in the sand) during a nighttime spawning run
Along Southern California’s sandy beaches, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the sea is once again in full swing: the California grunion have come ashore to spawn. Grunion runs have been enjoyed by Southern California residents for more than 100 years, but there are still those who are skeptical of their existence. To be invited out in the middle of the night to go “dancing with grunion” does sound a little ridiculous, but in reality it’s the only way to experience this natural phenomenon. Continue reading
Scientific aid Jon Kurt holding a large spiny lobster during a 2007 lobster creel survey
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2014-2015 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders that March 18 is the last day of the lobster fishing season and to return their report cards by April 30, 2015 as required by law. Cardholders should review their cards carefully and check that the information recorded is complete and accurate. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery.
The cards need to be returned even if no lobsters were taken or no attempts were made to take lobsters. Spiny Lobster Report Card data can be submitted online beginning March 20 Continue reading
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is in the process of developing a red abalone fishery management plan to update sections of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan. Members of the public are invited to provide guidance for the plan by participating in an online survey concerning their preferences in the management of red abalone. The survey can be accessed on the CDFW website. The survey will run until Continue reading
Trapping Dungeness crab is a northern California tradition
California’s Dungeness crab sport fishery opens statewide on Saturday, Nov. 1. Every year at this time, recreational crabbers set out in boats or go to public piers and jetties in pursuit of one of northern California’s most popular types of seafood. Continue reading