Monthly Archives: May 2017

 CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing

  As the summer months approach and with increased sightings of White Sharks off Southern California beaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a reminder that White Sharks are a protected species under both state and federal fisheries laws and regulations. “White Sharks are regularly found in Southern California in summer … Continue reading  CDFW Reminds Anglers that White Sharks are Protected from Fishing

CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, $31 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund … Continue reading CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

At its May 25 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $11.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 11 funded projects will benefit fish and wildlife – including some endangered species – while others will provide public access to important natural resources. … Continue reading Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance

  California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Oregon Governor Kate Brown sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon anglers and … Continue reading California and Oregon Governors Request Salmon Disaster Assistance

Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Memorial Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web, and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These … Continue reading Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Memorial Day Weekend

California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers Chad Edwards and Michael Dilts received awards today at the 2017 Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor Ceremony in Sacramento. These annual awards recognize state employees for heroic acts of bravery. Wardens Edwards and Dilts each received the “Special Service Award” (Silver Medal): “For an act of … Continue reading California Wildlife Officers Recognized for Special Service Acts, with Medal of Valor Awards

CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties

Beginning this week and continuing through June 12, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to capture as many as 30 elk calves in northeastern California. Rocky Mountain and Roosevelt elk calves will be captured in Siskiyou and Modoc counties on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, and on private … Continue reading CDFW Plans Elk Capture in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties

Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches

Time is running out for California hunters to apply for the 2017 Big Game Drawing. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting applications for elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and deer tags as well as fundraising random drawing tags.  Applicants must complete the sales transaction before midnight June 2, 2017. Applications may be … Continue reading Big Game Drawing Deadline Approaches

CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation

Dr. Amber Pairis, director of the Climate Science Alliance-South Coast, recently received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Climate Adaption Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The award recognized her inventive approaches to preparing Southern California for the effects of climate change. The Climate Science Alliance is a partnership between the California Department of Fish and … Continue reading CDFW Climate Change Expert Honored for Innovation

Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard

  California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham, under new authority granted this year, has acted to extend the emergency commercial rock crab fishery closure that was due to expire on May 16. State health agencies determined last fall that rock crabs north of Pigeon Point (37° 11’ N. lat.) to the … Continue reading Fish and Wildlife Director Extends Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Closure in Northern California Due to Public Health Hazard