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Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations.

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DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00am to discuss the current delay in the Dungeness crab fishery due to high levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and the status of a California lost fishing gear recovery program.

Ocean Protection Council Meeting – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The California Ocean Protection Council held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 1:00 pm, at the Natural Resource Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California.

Record-breaking Sea Levels and El Niño Resources

The Ocean Protection Council’s website includes resources on El Niño, including on the issue of elevated sea levels from El Niño and unusually warm ocean conditions. See the California Ocean Protection Council website on El Niño for more information, including a science summary on this issue of elevated sea levels, which includes graphs showing how sea levels were elevated for extended periods during past strong El Niños, reaching levels similar to projections for mid-century sea level rise.

Changing Ocean Conditions: Understanding El Niño’s Impacts on California’s Living Marine Resources Through Ocean Observations

Please join us on September 22 from 9:30-11:30 for the workshop: ‘Changing Ocean Conditions: Understanding El Niño’s Impact on California’s Living Marine Resources Through Ocean Observations‘. Hosted by the Ocean Protection Council and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this workshop will focus on the past and forecast effects of El Niño on California’s high-value fisheries. A panel of experts will address climate effects on management of nearshore and coastal fisheries to understand how additional ocean observation research and analysis could lead to better management during future El Niño conditions. The workshop will be held at the California State Library, Room 500 at 900 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814. A meeting of the Ocean Protection Council will take place following the workshop at 1pm. Please contact OPC staff Jenn Phillips for more information.

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