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Knowing and Catching California Spiny Lobster

Lobster season opens Saturday, October 3, and many California divers are eagerly awaiting it. This article provides information on the life cycle of these savory crustaceans as well as tips and techniques that will help you catch them. First, let’s take a closer look at Panulirus interruptus, aka the California spiny lobster. The most obvious difference between it and the East Coast’s American lobster is that the American lobster has big claws and the spiny lobster has none. While some sea creatures are involved parents […]

Giant Sea Bass: Are They Really Back From the Brink?

My first giant sea bass encounter occurred off San Nicolas Island in the 1970s. I sensed something overhead and looked up. A gigantic Goodyear blimp hovered over me.  A cartoon I‘d seen recently popped into my head. Two large fish were face to face. A scuba diver’s legs and fin-clad feet protruded from the puckered mouth of one wearing a sour expression. The other fish was saying, “I told you to peel them first.” I was a new diver and didn’t know if giant sea […]

MPAs — It’s Been A Long Time Coming…

Over 13 years ago a small group of dedicated conservationists gathered together to begin drafting and lobbying for the passage of the bill which would institute a comprehensive network of marine protected areas in California.  It began in 1997 with a landmark agreement to provide significant protection to the abalone resource which was followed closely by the passage of the Marine Life Management Act which dealt with fisheries regulation. This was followed shortly by the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act and after almost […]

North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas Now In Effect

Twenty-one marine protected areas (MPAs) adopted last year by the California Fish and Game Commission took effect May 1, 2010 along California’s north-central coast. The new regulations are being implemented as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which requires that California reexamine and redesign its system of MPAs with the goal of increasing its effectiveness at protecting the states marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems and marine natural heritage. Regulations for the north-central coast MPAs, between Alder Creek, near Point Arena in Mendocino […]

The Price and Pain of Ocean Conservation

The application of the Marine Life Protection Act to the coastline of California came one step closer to completion as the proposals for the area from Pt. Conception to the Mexican border were forwarded to the Fish and Game Commission for approval on December 9th. Over the next several months the merits of the proposals will be debated and final evaluations will be determined before the end of 2010. This third of four phases will be complete when late this year. The final work on […]

Fish and Game Seeks Resources, Partners for Development of a Lobster Fishery Management Plan

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is working to identify resources and partners that will help develop a spiny lobster Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). DFG is considering the California spiny lobster because it is a key species that supports important recreational and commercial fisheries in the Southern California marine ecosystem. An FMP for lobster also provides an opportunity to integrate any new marine protected areas on the south coast, implemented under the Marine Life Protection Act, with the management of the species. The […]

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