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Fisheries

Fishery Management Council adopts 2019 West Coast Salmon seasons

Rohnert Park, Ca. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast.

West Coast
Science

California: Clash of the titans: white sharks vs. orcas

When orcas and white sharks cross paths, only one can prevail as the true apex predator. New research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium published in Nature Scientific Reports details these rare, sometimes brutal encounters — and their ecological implications.

West Coast
Fisheries

Pacific Sardines at Risk as Their Numbers Drop 98% Since 2006

(CN) – Pacific sardines, the small, oily fish favored by salmon, baleen whales and toothed whales, have had their population collapsed by 98 percent since 2006, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which on Friday formerly declared the West Coast population overfished.

West Coast
Engineering

Open Forum: San Francisco should look to nature to respond to sea-level rise

With crumbling sea walls, rising seas and effective federal action still up in the air, it’s no wonder that climate change is a growing topic of concern for San Franciscans.

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Property

Sunny days, fertilizer runoff and sewage can create toxic bacteria at Salton Sea

THE SALTON SEA COULD BE AN IDEAL BACTERIA BREEDING GROUND. DETECTED LEVELS ARE LOW SO FAR, BUT ELSEWHERE, PEOPLE AND PETS HAVE DIED.

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Science

Endangered pod of killer whales spotted in Monterey Bay — for the first time in 8 years

Video showing an endangered killer whale pod in Monterey Bay — a place where they haven’t been seen in years — is making waves.

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Science

Clams and Water Pumping Explain Phytoplankton Decline in San Francisco Estuary

Timing Could Make a Difference to Ease the Double Punch of Clams and Pumps

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Property

Airbnb now collecting Long Beach hotel taxes from visitors

Long Beach, California - City's 12% occupancy tax had gone uncollected prior to April 1 adoption of new agreement. More than 70,000 visitors used Airbnb rather than Long Beach hotels to find accommodations in 2017, the company said.

West Coast
Advocacy

California Moving Toward Greater Public Beach Access at Hollister Ranch and Beyond

In the latest chapter of a 40-year battle over who gets access to the California coast, the tides could be turning in favor of the public; but not without a fight from private landowners. The state has taken major new steps to establish access and to broaden public input in their decision making.

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Fisheries

Former lawyer starts largest kelp farm in North America

Two years ago, Markos Scheer was sitting pretty. He had a comfortable job working as an attorney at the Williams, Kastner & Gibbs law firm, representing seafood companies and fishermen that operated from California to the Bering Sea. His family was living quite happily in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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Property

Drop in the Bucket: Marin County, California faces a flooded future head-on

“It’s a drop in the bucket,” Marin County Supervisor Dennis Rodoni says. The 4th District representative made the rounds in West Marin over the weekend and talked about news of a new $3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that’s being made available to homeowners who live in flood-prone zones in the county’s unincorporated parts.

West Coast
Engineering

Protecting California’s Coast With Armor And Habitat

Highway 101 is busy. People driving between Solana Beach and Encinitas can take the scenic road instead of hopping onto the nearby, but frequently congested Interstate 5. Encinitas City Council Member Kelly Shaw Hinze said the road draws more than just car traffic.

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Fisheries

California Dungeness Crab Fishery to Close 3 Months Early to Protect Whales

California - A settlement announced Tuesday between fishers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity will bring an April 15 close to the Dungeness crab season statewide, three months earlier than it usually ends.

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Property

Half Moon Bay goes after Airbnb operators who dodge tax -- No estimate on amount of money city has lost

Half Moon Bay, California -- The city of Half Moon Bay is tightening its enforcement to collect taxes from short-term rental owners who use the popular listing service Airbnb.

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Energy

Gov. Kate Brown signs ban on offshore drilling

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration.

West Coast
Advocacy

COASTAL COMMISSION HAILED FOR LAGUNA BEACH SEAWALL REMOVAL, BUT IN SAN CLEMENTE …

The state Coastal Commission did a better job protecting the ocean and coastline in 2018, according to a new report that identifies votes on Orange County issues as the panel’s best and worst actions of the year.

West Coast
Science

Sick marine mammals turning up on California seashores in droves

As record rains have poured down on California’s coasts, sending thousands of gallons of runoff into the ocean and dumping debris and trash onto the beaches, dozens of sickened marine mammals have been turning up along the state’s shores this winter.

West Coast
Waterways

Robots vs. Workers: Port of Los Angeles punts new terminal project in wake of Union ire

28-day cooling off period now in works after contentious debate about automation; Union reminds officials that ‘robots do not pay taxes.’

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Property

OPINION Hotels should fight short-term rentals

While hotels pour money into marketing to try to boost their business, they are acting like they are unaware of the greatest challenge to their business model their industry has ever faced: the conversion of single-family houses into commercial short-term rental “mini-hotels.”

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Science

Role of sea urchins on California kelp

The new research provides valuable information to understand and protect California's quintessential kelp forests.

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Property

Airbnb Loses Huge Battle Over California City’s Rental Law

Airbnb Inc. and Expedia Group Inc.’s HomeAway failed to persuade a U.S. court of appeals to strike down a Santa Monica law that makes the companies liable for illicit rentals in the Southern California beach city.

West Coast
Science

Flight of the jellyfish, eel and barnacle along the California coast

BODEGA BAY, Calif. — Marine biologist Jacqueline Sones was strolling along a beach near this Northern California fishing village one foggy summer morning when she spotted an unfamiliar jellyfish bobbing in the surf.

West Coast
Engineering

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows

In the most extensive study to date on sea level rise in California, researchers say damage by the end of the century could be far more devastating than the worst earthquakes and wildfires in state history.

West Coast
Fisheries

Pacific Fishery Management Council releases alternatives for 2019 West Coast Ocean Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted three alternative season structures for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries off of Washington, Oregon and California today, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting in Rohnert Park, California, on April 11-15.

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Science

Dolphin strandings increase along Southern California coast

Experts are concerned about an increase in dolphin strandings along the Southern California coast. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center says it has responded to six beached dolphins this month and received reports of two others.

West Coast
Fisheries

Habitat restoration project yields unprecedented results for coho salmon

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. – Scientists and conservationists are reporting the return of spawning coho salmon to the upper reaches of a tributary of Big River, thanks to a four-year habitat restoration project led by Mendocino Land Trust in partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

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