Update – 12/18/2015 Results from the latest crab tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continue to show that some areas in the Santa Barbara fishing grounds contain crab that exceed the alert level (greater than 30 parts per million) for the neurotoxin, domoic acid. At this time, the commercial and recreational fisheries for Dungeness crab and rock crab north of the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line remain closed, as well as state waters around Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel islands in the northern Channel Islands archipelago.
This week, crab samples were collected between Santa Barbara and Crescent City. Continue reading →
After an active summer, the last day of recreational Pacific halibut fishing will be Wednesday, August 12, 2015. The season will be closed for the remainder of the year. Excellent weather during July and early August and a successful catch rate contributed to the early closure of the fishery by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service following consultation with CDFW.
This was the first year of a newly designed Pacific halibut season structure that provided for set open and closed periods of fishing. The short breaks between open periods were anticipated to spread fishing opportunity from May through October (the entirety of the previous season) without exceeding the quota. Continue reading →
At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading →
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 →
Male and female grunion perform an age-old dance on a dark, sandy beach
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 →