Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges

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The Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council has recognized the Northern Channel Islands marine protected areas (MPAs) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as an outstanding MPA with a Blue Park designation. Continue reading “Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges”

Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30, 2019

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California spiny lobster
illustration by J. Hofmeister

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds 2018-2019 Spiny Lobster Report Card holders to submit their harvest report online or return their cards by April 30, 2019, as required by law. Information collected from the cards provides CDFW with data necessary to monitor and manage California’s spiny lobster fishery. CDFW generates estimates of recreational spiny lobster catch and effort based on data collected from lobster report cards each season.

CDFW is making a focused effort to improve estimates of recreational lobster effort and catch by taking action to increase the number of report cards returned each year. It is extremely important for Continue reading “Spiny Lobster Report Cards Due by April 30, 2019”

New California Sheephead Fillet-at-Sea Regulation Now in Effect

Southern and Central California anglers will want to be aware that regulations have changed for California Sheephead. At its February 2019 meeting in Sacramento, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulatory changes Continue reading “New California Sheephead Fillet-at-Sea Regulation Now in Effect”

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 “Grunion Dance: By the Light of the Moon”