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CA Marine Protected Areas Poster Now Available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed a interpretive poster for the California Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. The 26- x 36-inch full-color poster provides an informal introduction to the network, and features satellite imagery as well as photos of marine animals and habitats protected within MPAs. The poster is designed to give the public a first introduction to the California MPA network, and is not meant for navigational or regulatory use. Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life […]

A California Icon — The Garibaldi

One of the first things I learned when I moved to California in 1975 was that the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) was California’s official state fish. It was something I heard over and over again. The problem was that although widely believed, this information was not true. And to some degree there has been and still is some confusion about the status of this iconic fish.  Today, the garibaldi is indeed officially recognized as California’s state marine fish. The golden trout (Salmo aguabonita, also written as […]

How to Photograph Giant Black Sea Bass

Hurry and grab your cameras! They’re here! The giant black sea bass (GBSB) are back and entertaining divers once again.  Giant black sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) were once endangered and rare due to over fishing, largely blamed on excessive spearfishing and sport fishing. In 1982 they came under protection of the state government and have made a partial but dramatic comeback. Most animals seen by divers are in the size range of 3 to 5 feet and around 300 pounds but can range upward of […]

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