**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
We are thrilled to announce the release of the State of the California North Coast report, now available on Oceanspaces.org!
This report contains key information about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation on the North Coast, a geographic region extending from the California-Oregon border down to Point Arena.
From 2013-2017, 11 baseline projects worked across the North Coast to collect data and create a comprehensive understanding of conditions in the region. The State of the California North Coast Report highlights information from these baseline projects and includes contributions from more than 30 organizations, including scientists, fishermen, tribal governments, citizen groups, and others who have provided key input to better understand the North Coast. Together, these projects establish a benchmark of conditions against which future changes can be compared.
Taking Stock of North Coast Fishing Communities –
We are also excited to share the “Taking Stock of North Coast Fishing Communities” Snapshot Report, which describes the human side of fishing on the North Coast. Learn more about commercial fishing and commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV) operation on the North Coast, especially from 1992-2014. This snapshot discusses landings, key issues of interest for the North Coast fishing community, and more.
Join us November 1-3 for Public Community Gatherings
You are invited to discuss these two products, and additional MPA baseline information, at Community Gatherings to be held on the North Coast from 6-7:30pm in Crescent City (November 1), Eureka (November 2), and Fort Bragg (November 3).
We welcome you to join CDFW, OPC, and OST to learn more about the findings and long-term statewide monitoring plans. More information can be found at the North Coast State of the Region page.
Crescent City – November 1
Eureka – November 2
Fort Bragg – November 3