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CDFW authorized to delay or suspend recreational fishing

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “CDFW authorized to delay or suspend recreational fishing”

SACRAMENTO–The Fish and Game Commission granted the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife( CDFW) authority to delay, suspend or limit recreational fishing operations at certain regions of the state, if the action is necessary to “protect against the threat from COVID-1 9 based on state, federal, local and tribal public health guidance and public security needs.”

Commissioners unanimously approved the temporary official during a teleconference session held on April 15. Commission staff stated the temporary award of authority to the CDFW director was necessary, “in order to prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel or congregate for trawl event.”

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said the Fish and Game Commission’s action was never about a permanent statewide closure of sportfishing, but instead a temporary response to a public health emergency.

“I understand Californians desperately need the outdoors for solace, reinvigoration and spirituality, especially so right now, ” Bonham said. “The proposal was never about a statewide permanent close. It is about being responsive to local needs in this public health emergency, where we must do all we can as Californians to help each other make it through this together. We intend to use this authority surgically and based on neighbourhood needs and knowledge.”

Fish and Game President Eric Sklar included the threat of COVID-1 9 is expected to be significant until at least mid-May.

“Governor Newsom recently said we are looking forward a mid-May peak of COVID-1 9 and we must prepare for that surge, ” Sklar stated. “Today’s decision is a smart and responsible approach to be ready. It does not delay or limit specific fisheries or irrigates, but instead readies us to expeditiously do so if needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-1 9. ”

Participating on the teleconference call were Sklar, Fish and Game Commission Vice Preident Samantha Murray and Commissioners Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Russell Burns and Peter Silva.

Questions about the commission’s April 15 referendum can be directed to Fisheries Branch Acting Chief, Roger Bloom; his email is Roger.Bloom @wildlife. ca.gov.

In-depth reporting of the commission’s April 15 rally shall be issued in the May 1 issue of The Log.

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Wildlife In Your Backyard

April 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Wildlife In Your Backyard”

Southern California is rich in our proximity to a variety of sceneries. We knows where to find mountains, sea-coasts or deserts in our backyards. We are lucky to be so close to nature’s playground, especially when we encounter the people who call it home. That’s why Orange County Coastkeeper participated in the City Nature Challenge. If you didn’t get the chance, you can still follow the steps below for a merriment undertaking for the whole family.

Participation is easy 😛 TAGEND

Step 1: Go out into your backyard and record the wildlife you find- floras or animals

Find common souls like:

Opossums: Find them in your garden as they chew bullets, snails and bugs that are commonly garden secure. Squirrels: Find them in your plot, wide grassy spaces, or racing up and down trees. Skunks: They live in burrows, bush stilts, or hollow logs. You might find them under the deck, or your porch.

Step 2: Use the iNatualist App to submit your acquires at https :// www.inaturalist.org /

Step 3: Have fun exploring the wildlife around you!

Need more suggestions? Take photos of native or drought tolerant flowers- here are some theories 😛 TAGEND

California Yarrow Apricot Mallow California Lilac

You can learn more about drought tolerant floras like these by reading about our Smartscape program at https :// www.coastkeeper.org/ advocacy/ smartscape /

Good luck, and recollect to keep in mind yours and wildlife’s safety. Be sure to show us where you go and what you find- tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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NOAA adjusts regulations for Atlantic bluefin

April 28th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “NOAA adjusts regulations for Atlantic bluefin”

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration( NOAA) has adjusted regulatory measures governing the pelagic longline fishery for the Atlantic highly migratory species. The regulations addressed apply to the Northeastern United Position Closed Area, Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area and the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area.

NOAA staff is specifically taking the following actions: evaluate the continued need for the Northeastern United Commonwealth Pelagic Closure; eliminate the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area; and, evaluate the need of the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area.

The evaluations of the longline closure and curtailed country both call for the reduction of threshold, “in the event that the U.S. allocation of bluefin tuna is reduced at a future International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas meeting, ” NOAA staff stated in an announcement of the Atlantic bluefin regulation

“NOAA Fisheries will continue to monitor the fishing orientations of barrels via vessel monitoring work( VMS) and monitor bluefin tuna catch via VMS set reports, ” NOAA staff territory. “Additionally, as of April 2, and as soon as VMS models are updated by vendors( update currently in progress ), drums fishing with pelagic longline gear in the monitoring neighbourhoods must select given location systems when submitting adjusted reports through their VMS systems.

“Pelagic longline jugs fishing in the Gulf of Mexico are required to use weak fastens from January 1-June 30, ” NOAA staff continued.

NOAA likewise announced the number of members of U.S.-caught swordfish has decreased. The U.S. baseline quota for swordfish was 2,937 metric tons per year.

“U.S. fishermen glean exactly a fraction of that[ baseline quota ]. In fact, domestic swordfish brings have fallen almost every year since 2012. In 2018, for example, we only gathered 34 percent of our quota, ” NOAA staff stated.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or ICCAT, defines an annual quota for each country net North Atlantic swordfish.

“The collective total established at a stage to ensure commonwealths don’t harvest swordfish faster than the population can be replenished, ” NOAA staff said.

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11 sea lion rescues in nine days has Pacific Marine Mammal Center scrambling amid coronavirus shutdown

April 27th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “11 sea lion rescues in nine days has Pacific Marine Mammal Center scrambling amid coronavirus shutdown”

In really nine eras, reliefs units from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center responded to 11 dying and starving ocean lions, while its own resources were sapped by the stay-at-home says meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The units that typically go out in groups of four to five ought to have slouse to one or two. Recent sea gathers also posed a jeopardy to rescuers and lifeguards in Dana Point and Huntington Beach had to intervene when audiences got too close to struggling naval mammals.

The center has asked many of its volunteers to stay home, and that intends animal attend is down to just a few people. Coupled with social distancing requirements, that leaves one person preparing fish for the naval mammals, one cleaning pens and only a few tending to the sick animals.

Two recently rescued ocean lions remain at PMMC.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

Eden, an emaciated ocean lion rescued from Goff Island off Laguna Beach.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

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This sea lion has moved for tube-feeding to eating on its own.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

A sea lion receives hydration at PMMC.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

Rescued sea lions are progressing well under care at PMMC.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

An particularly cold ocean lion pup rescued in Dana Point is worked on at PMMC. The animal weighed exclusively 18 pounds.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

Rescued sea lions are progressing well under care at PMMC.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

Rescued sea lions are progressing well under care at PMMC.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

A PMMC rescue team member wears a protective mask and gloves in addition to typical salvage gear during a recent salvage of a sea lion pup identified Trio at Monarch Beach in Dana Point.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

Sidney, an hours-old harbor seal was rescued by PMMC in Laguna Beach. The hours-old pup compelled round-the-clock care and is obliging continuous progress. Shutdown by coronavirus quarantine, the center is relying heavily on volunteers still able to help out.( Photo courtesy of PMMC)

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” Normally, with the busy season we want to beef up , now we’re running at a naked minimum ,” said Krysta Higuchi, spokesman at the Laguna Beach middle. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is responsible for the save and care of all naval mammals found on Orange County coastlines. Beyond salvages of ocean lions and closes, the nonprofit also responds to whale intrigues, dolphin strandings and sick or entangled sea turtles.

Since January, rescue teams have brought in 36 swine. Since the beginning of the month, it’s cured 12.

” It’s been tireless ,” Higuchi said.” We’ve had volunteers step up .”

One of those was Caitlyn Nieblas, who voluntaries at PMMC on Tuesdays. She was just laid off from her regular occupation at the Ocean Institute where she learns school children aboard the R/ V Ocean Explorer. Unsure about what the layoff will means for her, Nieblas is using her free time to help out at the center.

” It was hard at first ,” she said.” Now, because I picked up different displacements, it helps. You don’t have time to think. We’re so hectic .”

Over one weekend, the center’s salvage squad is in response to three ocean lions in distress. In one case, a woman in Dana Point harbor was out toddle when “shes seen” a ocean lion shivering in the sea. It mounted onto her paddleboard for help.

More swine are expected to come in over the next few weeks leaving core officials worried about how they will handle the loading. At present, the center has 24 sea lions, two harbor seals and three elephant shuts. The various forms of species has it’s own challenge.

The swine are separated and some require significantly more care than others. Very sick swine are being tube-fed because they can’t eat on their own. Some compel subcutaneous liquors. Elephant closes are larger and are harder to restrain, they likewise ingest a lot more fish.

Recently, a resident in Irvine Cove called the center after hearing the seem of an animal crying for several hours.

” The team detected a new, new newborn harbour seal that still had its umbilical cord ,” Higuchi said.” She was in a target where she somehow was separated from her mummy. The unit made a decision to rescue her for maternal cessation .”

The baby harbor seal, given the name Sidney, asks 24 -hour care and is being tube-fed every two hours. When she was learnt she weighed 14.8 pounds , now she’s up to 30 pounds and her prognosis is looking more hopeful.

Since the coronavirus quarantine prescribes, the center has closed to the public. That symbolizes its guest garden, gift browse and student education programs are closed, all sources of revenue.

” It’s been crippling ,” CEO Peter Chang said.” We are doing everything we can to stay committed to our employees whose work has continued throughout this pandemic .”

Chang said the loss of its educational programs and public stays could abbreviate the center’s revenue by as much as 60% this year.

” The timing couldn’t be worse ,” he said.” This is normally the crest of our educational field trip season and during a duration when our guest yard would normally be packed. With the financial markets being hit hard and people’s plazas of run vastly impacted, we’ve far slid down the list of their priorities. On surface of that, we’ve transitioned into our hectic season, which necessitates our outlays are piling up. More swine symbolize more fish, more laboratory wreak and more medical affords .”

Still, the center is continuing to do its best to educate the public to become better stewards of the ocean, its animals and the environment.

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The center recently offered its first free virtual programs and center field trips. The educational programs provide information about the naval mammals, the center’s research programs and what it’s like to take care of the patients. They are too good possible options for parents who need to supplement distance learning, core officials said.

More than one individual may participate from each connection, but only 100 relationships are available for consultation per affair to the first who sign on. The programs last up to 45 minutes.

” It’s how we want to give back to the community ,” Higuchi said.

Information: pacificmmc.org

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Eager, early risers hit the beach in San Clemente as closure lifts

April 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Eager, early risers hit the beach in San Clemente as closure lifts”

Beachgoers and surfers came up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Brethren Cole( breast) and Luke Gonia walk down to T-Street to get an early morning surf session.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers got up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

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Beachgoers and surfers went up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers went up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Brothers Cole( figurehead) and Luke Gonia walk down to T-Street to get an early morning surf session.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers got up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers get up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. There’s still numerous sea access and parking controls, along with areas of State Parks in the seaside town still closed.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers get up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. San Clemente resident Michelle Riem, a regular walker along the popular coastal route, was one of the first to enjoy the beach’s opening at sunup.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers came up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Police are monitoring beaches to make sure people follow parking and other restrictions.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers went up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. A sign reminds beings of San Clemente’s rule to keep moving.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

Beachgoers and surfers get up early to beat crowds as San Clemente’s coast opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.( Photo: Laylan Connelly/ SCNG)

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ExpandMichelle Riem strolled the beachfront course rowing San Clemente’s ocean early enough to watch night turn to day, even before the seaside city opened back up to the public after a two-week shutdown.

“This is my solace and serenity, ” said Riem, a longtime San Clemente resident who showed up about 5 a.m. to walk the popular dirt footpath that rows the sea, which opened to the public an hour later. “Just listening to the ocean and feeling the ocean is my peace and meditation. I do it every day and I’ve done it for years.”

Except, of course, when the town shut down beaches amid coronavirus concerns, following hard-bitten shutdowns like Los Angeles, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Seal Beach and San Diego, places where putting even a toe in the beach is forbidden.

Coastal townships are in a time of flux, trying to figure out what the freedom combination should be to allow people to enjoy the beloved outdoors for which Southern California is known, while trying to manage hordes as they flock to still-open beaches.

This weekend, with a heat wave hitting the region, will be a test to see if prevent the sea open is possible. Will parties be able to keep moving and use the sand and surf just for exercise, as San Clemente expects? Can they recollect to space out 6-feet away from others to adhere to social distancing conventions?

Newport Beach had hundreds of beachgoers Friday afternoon as the hot weather thumped, an influx that concerned residents who worry about out-of-towners and careless beachgoers spate into the sightseer town.

The sentiment from residents was mixed- some gripe on social media that the beach looked like a hot time daylight or the Fourth of July holiday with careless audiences ignoring stay-at-home says — while others said beachgoers seemed to be mindful of other people’s space and, for the most part, adhered to the rules.

“It was extremely mobbed, it was the biggest crowd we have seen since last-place summer, ” said Brian O’Roarke, Newport Beach Lifeguard Battalion Chief. “With the boardwalks and parking lots closed, it’s remained the specific activities more to beings on the beach.”

With endings of other seas in Los Angeles, San Diego and next door in Laguna- as well as regular visitors from inland, the crowds have been “pretty thick, ” he said.

“We’re getting beings arriving from other counties, without a doubt, ” O’Roarke said. “Our message is that the seas are open, we are encouraging social distancing and preventing reap parts — that’s why the parking lots, the Wedge and boardwalks and piers are closed.

“We want people to follow Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order, go out and get exercise, jump in the sea, but we’re saying it’s essential to keep up with our social distancing.”

Lifeguards are beefing up staffing for the weekend, though a thick-witted, cool coastal haze on Saturday may help ease multitudes. Officials are approaching groups of six or more to remind them about social distancing, he said.

“They understand what’s going on, ” O’Roarke said.

For brethren Cole and Luke Gonia, who have demonstrated up at T-Street in San Clemente early Saturday to channel-surf, letting sea access to their hometown beckons keeps them from driving to other surf spots in Dana Point, like they did amid San Clemente’s shut down.

“Going to Strands and Salt Creek, it’s not really worth it, ” said Cole Gonia, a surfboard shaper. “Stay at your local spot.”

He frequently channel-surf the trails at San Onofre State Beach, a remote elongate of coast where simply a handful of surfers are seeking to start the trek.

But with those coasts closed, so he joined other surfers south of the pier who showed up to get an early-morning session. And while it was more army here than he likes, he’ll take it, for now.

“I can’t even placed it into statements. I need to surf to stay alive, ” he said, wander down a mountain next to a sequence of curbed parking blots. “We ultimately get to go here.”

Residents who live in tourist cities are also exasperated with out-of-towners cramming into residential neighborhoods and devouring up already-scarce parking at still-open coasts, with strict parking lots closes still in place meant to keep parties from inundating the coast.

And figuring out what rulers beaches have, based on which government agency is in charge of what jurisdiction, can be confusing. Areas of Laguna Beach managed by the city, like Main Beach and the northern part of their coastline, have a hard-handed closure and counsel parties may be quoth, while south Laguna is managed by the county and while stair access and parking lots have been shut, going to the beach there is technically still allowed.

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In San Clemente, municipal beaches are open, but State Parks coasts like Calafia are still shut down.

Riem hopes San Clemente’s rules can be the right answer, a mix between causing people enjoy a natural resource but retaining beings from hanging out close to one another on the sand.

As other coasts open up around Southern California, with San Diego officials imparting a green light to start opening up beaches as early as Monday, Riem hopes parties will stay at their regional beaches and adhere to the rules and restrictions.

“They need to open everything up and really patrol and learn people, ” she said. “They get forgetful, they need the remember. But there is a requirement to the recreation, they need to be in nature.

“Everybody is in a frenzy, they are just going to go crazy and they are going to forget.”

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