Latest News and Studies 2020 (scroll down for studies and reports)

Latest News

Latest CDPH domoic acid testing results for Dungeness and rock crab 12-9-2019 and lobster 9-12-2019 

CDFW Crab information web page

CDFW Whale Safe Fisheries web page - 2018 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary and Summary Report in pdf


Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update: Entanglement Risk Low, Fishery to Remain Open

Delay in California’s 2020 Recreational Ocean Salmon Opener

Coronavirus-related closures impacting US fisheries, driving down prices

Cash on the line: Federal funds for fishermen and fishing communities

Whales are dying, but numbers are unknown. Coronavirus has stalled scientific fieldwork

West Coast fishermen seek new market to weather coronavirus storm

Stimulus includes $300 million for fisheries and aquaculture

USD 300 million in aid earmarked for seafood industry in US stimulus package 

US coronavirus bill heads back to House with $300m for harvesters, aquaculture

US seafood industry hopes for help from USD 2 trillion stimulus package

Economics Of Coronavirus Slam California’s Commercial Fishermen, Including In San Diego

Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

Coronavirus Restaurant Closures Upend Oregon Seafood Industry

Understanding Ocean Changes and Climate Just Got Harder

WDFW closes recreational fishing statewide in wake of governor’s order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ COVID-19 response

Humboldt Bay crab fishing season ‘devastated’ by COVID-19

U.S. Commercial Fishing Interests Describe COVID-19 Challenges; List Top Federal Aid Assistance Proposals

Collaboration, “Buy American” efforts emerging from COVID-19 crisis 

Network Listens for Passing Salmon

Fish farmers advance aquaculture design

Environmental groups urge Americans to eat more fish while hunkering down against virus

Fishermen return from sea with big catch, no place to sell

CDFW’s Salmon Evacuation Decision Pays Exceptional Dividends

Where have all the Herring Gone?

There are ways to get the 2020 salmon season off to a good start

Retail seafood sales soar, but fresh seafood counters closing across US

Scientists say decades are needed to rebuild California’s abalone collapsed fishery

Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update: Entanglement Risk Low, Fishery to Remain Open

Meeting Change: Webinar to Provide Overview of Commercial Regulation Changes to Help Minimize Marine Life Entanglement

China air cargo capacity cuts pinch US crab exports

Nordic’s fish farm plans begin to take shape

Lawsuit threatened over ship strikes on whales near California ports

'Critical Juncture' - A race against time to save the North Coast's bull kelp forests

West Coast Dungeness Crab Stable or Increasing Even With Intensive Harvest, Research Shows

Klamath Dam Removal on Track as KRRC Submits Critical Budget Information to FERC and Q&A

Maximum price set for removing Klamath River dams

2018 Caltrans Fish Passage Report to the Legislature (new as of 2/27/2020)

Secretary of Commerce allocates $65 million for fishery disasters 

California estimates fewer salmon in Klamath River this year, worrying Yurok Tribe

Spinal Deformities in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Fish Linked to Toxic Mineral Selenium, New Research Shows

Fisheries Biologists Present California’s Ocean Salmon Forecast for 2020

PFMC Salmon management documents

2020 PFMC Salmon Preaseason Report Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment

Fisheries of the United States, 2018 - NOAA release

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

Deal emerges to bring 1st offshore wind farms to Calif.

Notice of Availability of Outreach on Additional Considerations for Offshore Wind off the Central Coast of California

Research Suggests Aquaculture Potential Of A West Coast Fish: Veggie-Loving Monkeyface Prickleback

Large whale entanglements off the U.S. West Coast, from 1982-2017 and Appendix 2

Feared return of ‘The Blob’ fizzles as storms churn, chill Pacific Ocean  

Fishing the North Coast: Fall Klamath king returns fell short in 2019

CDFW to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries

Klamath River Basin Fall Chinook Salmon Spawner Escapement - Mega Table 1978-2019

PFMC Review of 2019 Ocean Salmon Fisheries

Study: Tiny sea stars vanishing from San Francisco Bay coasts

Salmon Cannon company presents in Siskiyou

Tradex: US Dungeness crab harvesters keep pace despite delays, bad weather

After 2017 Lawsuit, Fewer Whales Entangled As Crab Fishers Face Financial Struggle

Humboldt Bay a refuge from ocean acidification, but for how long?

Norwegian consul tours county; Nordic Aquafarms hires new local exec

First month of Dungeness crabbing disappointing, Quality and size is ‘really, really good’         

DNA tests show commercial halibut catch 90% female, influencing catch limits being set this week

UC Davis research tests feasibility of sea urchin ranching as method of combating kelp forest decline

Gov. Newsom: California must get past differences on water. Voluntary agreements are the path forward

California governor proposes new plan for managing water

Dungeness crab season winding down for most, despite late start

California Sea Cucumber Fishery: A Collaborative Project - video

What’s tangling up the humpback whales? A food chain snarled by climate change - link to the study: Habitat compression and ecosystem shifts as potential links between marine heatwave and record whale entanglements

“Blob” Research Reveals Environmental Effects That Shut Down Fishing and Hiked Whale Entanglements - NOAA release

(Klamath) Dam removal draws closer

US West Coast rockfish recovery hailed as success story 

Predator fish that anglers love faces uncertain future in California water wars

Ocean acidification is damaging the shells of Dungeness crab - link to study: Exoskeleton dissolution with mechanoreceptor damage in larval Dungeness crab related to severity of present-day ocean acidification vertical gradients

Investigation of West Coast Gray Whale Strandings Continues as Whales Head South for the Winter

100,000-gallon red wine spill stains California creek bank. But what about the fish?

Newsom pledged to fix California water politics. Now he’s bogged down in the delta

Gov. Newsom needs to stand up to the Trump administration on the Delta

Terra-Gen Critics Said We Should Wait for Offshore Wind, But Will That Project Spark an Even Nastier Debate?

Weed and water woes in the legendary Emerald Triangle - Dried up streams and dying fish are putting the top cannabis-producing region in the country under the microscope

Disappointing numbers for annual coho salmon run in western Marin County

Sometimes Nature Needs A Little TLC, The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help 

Offshore wind energy watchdogs expanding to West Coast   

NTSB: Sleep deprivation, ‘derby-style fishing’ before California crabber grounded

Fish populations are thriving in areas with intense management, global study finds 

Potential regulations for sport Dungeness crab fishery subject of Saturday meeting in Sausalito

California's Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next One?) 

Herring fishing group can sue over a federal ban in S.F. Bay, appeals court says

New bill by Rep. Jared Huffman seeks to accelerate federal disaster aid to fishing communities

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

Funding for bull kelp restoration studies expected in 2020

Pacific Fishery Management Council Schedule for Developing 2020 Ocean Salmon Fishery Management Measures

Nordic Aquafarms pressing ahead on Samoa Peninsula plans

Fisherman charged for illegal crabbing in Half Moon Bay

Crab season: Late start and now catch is a bit off

Nordic Aquafarms Hires Idaho Native as First Cali-Based Exec, Signs Contracts for Permitting, Engineering

Drones fisheries enforcement potential remains untapped, even as projects advance


Studies and Reports

Study reveals hidden risks of estuary development for young salmon and Changing estuaries and impacts on juvenile salmon: A systematic review, Global Change Biology (2020)

Limitations of active removal to manage predatory fish populations - Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Habitat compression and ecosystem shifts as potential links between marine heatwave and record whale entanglements

Exoskeleton dissolution with mechanoreceptor damage in larval Dungeness crab related to severity of present-day ocean acidification vertical gradients

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