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

Latest News and info (scroll down for studies)

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 - 2019 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Risk Assessment Mitigation Program: Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Draft Conservation Plan Submission for Humpback whales, Blue whales and Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles



New CDFW Marine Species Portal Provides Easy Access to Wide Variety of Information

720,000 baby salmon released in Half Moon Bay harbor

New research reveals surprising differences between salmon species — helping consumers decide which ones to serve for dinner

Eureka crab fisherman files cease-and-desist against fiber-optic surveyors

Lights, Camera, Action! California Squid Fishery Takes the Spotlight on the Central Coast

A San Diego Pier-to-Plate Seafood Market Is a Lifeline for Fishermen

Offshore wind: Seven things every fisheries professional needs to know

California crabbing changes draw fire from both sides

Why Spring- and Summer-Run Salmonids are So Damn Interesting and Weird

Dinner from the Dock

CDFW Hatcheries Complete Release of 20 Million Young Salmon

CARES Act Fisheries Relief for California

Crab Command and Control

Bringing Back Kelp

Spring-run Chinook Return to San Joaquin River Despite Low Water Year

“Amazing:” Dozens of massive blue whales spotted off Northern California coast  

As blue whales feast around Farallon Islands, Coast Guard asks ships to go slow

Coronavirus Fears in China Find a New Target: Salmon

Pandemic Sets Back Abalone Restoration Effort in California

China’s CDC Says No Proof Salmon Was Covid-19 Host in Beijing Outbreak

Seafood industry moves to quash rumors of Beijing’s COVID-19 spike being linked to salmon 

China unlikely to consider lowering of lobster tariffs, despite Trump's threat

Inseason Adjustments to Pacific Coast Groundfish Commercial Fisheries

SF Pledges a Million Dollars to Crab Fishermen Following Devastating Wharf Fire

Fisherman's Wharf Crabbers To Receive Financial Assistance      

FAO releases latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report

FAO Addendum - Summary of the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector

Fifteen global shipping companies slowed cargo ships off California coast to protect blue whales and blue skies

Catch of Swordfish Takes Off as Southern California Anglers Embrace New Technique

Trump vows to escalate lobster trade war with EU, Canada, China

Wildlife agency planning new rules for crab fishing to prevent whale and sea turtle entanglements

West Marin barrier to endangered fish spawning to be removed  

San Francisco fleet faces huge setback in wharf fire

How We Broke It podcast: What went wrong for Catalina Sea Ranch

Is coronavirus pandemic giving aquaculture a jump start?  

Wharf fire in San Francisco causes millions in damages, gear losses

Fisherman’s Wharf Warehouse Fire Destroyed Fishing Traps, Threatening Dungeness Crab Season

Wait, So How Much of the Ocean Is Actually Fished?

Fishing Gear Ensnares 40-Foot Humpback Whale In Monterey Bay

Team Frees Severely Entangled Humpback Whale in Monterey Bay

California salmon kicks off with good price, slow returns

Spring-run Chinook salmon - essential to life history diversity

New rules for California Dungeness crab fleet seek fewer whale entanglements

San Diego Seafood Industry Flounders Under Coronavirus, But Fishing Community Finding Ways To Stay Afloat

Squid fishing season is off to a good start in Monterey Bay, after a dismal 2019

Did sea farm debacle sink California aquaculture?

Strained mussels: Causes of the first US offshore farm’s demise are up for debate

Butano Creek Restoration Reopens Habitat for Salmon in California

Federal Judge’s Order Protects California Trout 

Local coalition advances plan for Potter Valley Project that includes removal of Scott Dam

Saving the future of the herring fishery

Start of salmon season gives hope to fishing industry crushed by COVID-19 

Red Tide Bulletin: Spring 2020

Sport anglers can access Sonoma Coast to fish, Sonoma County health officer says

North Coast crab value down, salmon fishing banned

Seafood industry applauds Trump’s new executive order, while some groups cry foul

Commerce Secretary Announces Allocation of $300 Million in CARES Act Funding 

Trump issues executive order promoting US seafood; Stimulus funding released 

Federal funds: Commerce set to announce allocation rules for $300 million in fisheries assistance 

How do salmon always find their way home? Study reveals a remarkable GPS embedded in their skin

Fishermen, farmers suffering from food supply disruptions concerned for what's to come 

Fishermen, seafood businesses call for $1.5 billion federal covid-19 aid

A Quarantine Surprise: Americans Are Cooking More Seafood

Webinar takes a deep dive into the state of salmon and steelhead, and provides recommendations for resiliency

Monterey Bay: Squid are back in abundance 

West Coast Salmon, Sardine Fisheries to Receive $18 million in NMFS Disaster Funding

Finding Floating Forests: It Takes an Online Village to Map Massive Kelp

California’s critical kelp forests are disappearing in a warming world. Can they be saved?

Monterey Bay fishermen looking forward to salmon season

Bay Area fishermen expect huge wild salmon season, which begins Friday

As meat plants idle, California has no shortage of fish, dairy

California spiny lobster takes double hit from China market 

Nordic Aquafarms to expand Samoa site, add 50 more jobs  

Nordic Aquafarms Expands Aquaculture Facility Plans, Releases Images Showing What the Fish Farm Would Look Like

Grand compromise on California water wars in disarray. Newsom faces multiple lawsuits this week

Lawmakers question status of USD 300 million fisheries aid

May 1 Recreational Ocean Fishery Openings to Proceed as Planned, Anglers Reminded to Strictly Follow State and Local Health Guidelines

NOAA Aquaculture News Spring Newsletter

The Extinction Crisis Devastating San Francisco Bay

With many restaurants closed, North Coast fishermen worry about pricing when California salmon season opens May 1

North Coast fishermen worry about pricing when California salmon season opens May 1

San Francisco Herring Association Distributes Over $1.7 Million to Permanently Retire Herring Permits

Controversy descends on Pacific sardine fishery over stock surveys 

A San Francisco fishing company that supplies some of the city's most upscale restaurants pivoted to direct-to-consumer, delivering fish to people's homes to stay afloat

Massachusetts, Alaska lawmakers up COVID relief ante, to request $20bn for US fisheries

Senators Markey and Warren, and Reps. Moulton and Keating Demand Immediate Guidance for Fisheries Disaster Assistance Funding During Coronavirus Emergency

US harvesters press NOAA for CARES Act details, distribution of $300m

Stimulus update: Cashed out 

California’s Dungeness crab season ended early to protect migrating whales

California closes Dungeness crab fishery early 

'Dubious whale crisis' is driving Dungeness closure, California crab association says

CDFW Director to Allow Commercial Dungeness Crab Season South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Continue Until May 15, Then Close to Protect Whales

After Coordination with Local Government, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Delays Trout Season Openers in Three Counties

CA WATER LAW SYMPOSIUM: Removing the dams on the Lower Klamath River

Reclamation to implement Klamath River flushing flow for salmon health

California Dam Operators Can’t Dodge Fish-Endangerment Claims

CDFW Marine Region’s 2019 Year in Review Now Available

Salmon Seasons Adopted for the California Coast

Preseason Report III:  PFMC Adopted Management Measures and  Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2020 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations 

Eat Seafood America

Coronavirus: Seafood Industry Comes to 'Screeching Halt,' But Some Businesses Adapting

West Coast fishing communities’ vulnerability to climate change assessed in new study 

NMFS suspends West Coast observer requirements   

Dungeness Crab Commercial Season Update

California Fish and Game Commission Meets Remotely, Allows CDFW to Temporarily Delay, Restrict or Suspend Fisheries Where Needed to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Trout in doubt: Coronavirus could delay California’s fishing season

Aquaculture Matters COVID-19 Updates page and links

NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Community-supported fisheries rush to pivot models as coronavirus cuts off restaurant clients 

Stimulus funding process proving tricky to navigate for smaller seafood operators

Coronavirus concerns play out in fisheries         

Add seafood to your shelter-in-place menu and help our seafood industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic storm

PFMC Press release: West Coast salmon season dates set for 2020

Angry California anglers disrupt sportfishing ban meeting     

State telemeeting about California fishing ban erupts into chaos. ‘Make fishing great again!’

California Fish and Game Commission Emergency Meeting Will be Rescheduled for Next Week

Reps. Huffman, Case, Cunningham, Graves Advocate for Fisheries Relief in Bipartisan Letter

NOAA Fisheries Analysis Shows West Coast Fisheries Take Small Proportion Of Available Chinook For Southern Resident Killer Whales

West Coast Salmon Fishing and Southern Residents: Part 1

West Coast Salmon Fishing and Southern Residents: Part 2

Commercial fishing industry in free fall as restaurants close, consumers hunker down and vessels tie up

Struggles of California fishermen intensified by coronavirus  

Whale strandings may be sign of recovery

California poised to ban sportfishing in some areas. Rural towns worried about coronavirus spread

Ocean Salmon Season Delayed; Crab Fishery Remains Open

COVID-19 Response and Aid Information via Saving Seafood 

Introduction to Starting and Operating a Seafood Direct Marketing Business

Coronavirus upends San Francisco's fishing industry

The Trump Plan to Decimate California's Salmon

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

Investigation of the nutritional composition of different types of salmon available to Canadian consumers

Connecting Crabs, Currents, and Coastal Communities: Examining the Impacts of Changing Ocean Conditions on the Distribution of U.S. West Coast Dungeness Crab Commercial Catch

Cascading social-ecological costs and benefits triggered by a recovering keystone predator

FAO "State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture” 2020 report

Magnetoreception in fishes: the effect of magnetic pulses on orientation of juvenile Pacific salmon

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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