Along Highway 1 nestled between the cities of San Simeon and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County is a 5.8 mile stretch of beautiful coastline and the
Cambria State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA).
Cambria State Marine Conservation Area/State Marine Park* (click to enlarge) CDFW map by Marine Region GIS Lab
Regulations for Cambria SMCA, and its neighbor to the south,
White Rock SMCA, were adopted by the Fish and Game Commission in 2006 and went into effect in 2007 as part of the first regional implementation phase of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). Passed in 1999, the MLPA mandated California create a science-based ecologically connected network of marine protected areas (MPAs). While recreational take is allowed, commercial take is prohibited in this MPA. Cambria SMCA is also nestled within the larger federally managed Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which was implemented in 1992. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cambria State Marine Conservation Area”
Quillback rockfish are found from Point Sur northward off California, but they are most common off northern California. This fish may be found in subtidal areas to Continue reading “Creature Feature: Quillback Rockfish”
The Lingcod daily bag and possession limit changed in 2019. 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 California) Continue reading “California Recreational Groundfish and Lingcod Fishing Regulation Changes for 2019”
Jeffrey Yuan and his state angling record calico surfperch – CDFW file photo
Daniel Silveira and his state diving record bocaccio – CDFW file photo
Yu Fukushima and his state diving record shortfin mako shark – CDFW file photo
In 2017, four saltwater anglers and three spear fishermen became new state record holders after hauling in some exceptional fish.
Continue reading “Snapshot: Saltwater State Record Catches for 2017”
The Bocaccio is a member of the rockfish family, and found statewide to depths of around 1,050 ft. Juveniles can be found schooling around kelp beds or central California piers. When mature, they seek deeper water and begin to school near the bottom rather than near the surface. As adults, they are commonly found in waters from 250 to 750 ft. deep over somewhat irregular, hard, or rocky bottoms. Continue reading “Creature Feature: Bocaccio”