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Could this be the end of California’s drift gillnet fishing?

April 16, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The tide may be finally turning against the use of drift gillnets off California waters. WARNING: Disturbing images.

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Trout Unlimited

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

A national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. Also has expert staff at more than 30 offices nationwide, including one in Berkeley.

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Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The West Coast’s largest trade association of commercial fishermen.

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NOAA Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory is a research unit of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

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Marine Applied Research & Exploration

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Since 2003, MARE had been illuminating the ocean’s unknowns through use of remotely operated vehicles, still cameras and video. Through partnering with scientists, resource managers, and environmental organizations, MARE is ensuring decision makers can make the right decisions to protect fish, the oceans, and the world ecosystems.

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Environmental Water Caucus

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) helps environmental, civic, recreational, and commercial fishing organization that advocate for equitable and sustainable water resources use in California. The EWC promotes collaborative public processes to decrease conflicts over California water; advocates for the restoration of the aquatic ecosystems and fisheries of the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and Central Valley; promotes improvements in water quality and protection of public trust values; and advocates in favor of projects that reduce water use and against those that would negatively impact aquatic ecosystems.

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Bodega Marine Laboratory

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

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Protecting the Little Fish, Food for Many

July 12, 2011 by Juliet Grable

They’re the little guys. Small, silver, nondescript fish that are so hard to tell apart that many people simply call them “baitfish.” But though they don’t command the attention of a breaching humpback whale or trophy tuna, these humble creatures–from anchovies to squid–play a starring role in local marine ecosystems. New legislation aims to force fisheries managers to consider that role when writing plans for the state’s commercial fishing fleet.

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A Good Season for Bay Herring

March 01, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Each winter, a strange spectacle takes over San Francisco Bay. You’ll see evidence of it: moving rafts of agitated birds; strings of cormorants; pods of sea lions; plunge-diving pelicans. And fishing boats out on the Bay. But you won’t see the cause for this excitement: thousands of herring en route to their spawning grounds. This year’s season has been pretty good, but some folks think we should still go lightly on the lowly herring.

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Time for Dungeness Crab

November 17, 2008 by Jody Zaitlin

Fall is harvest time for crab fishermen, who place “crab pots” offshore to catch Dungeness crabs. The crabs, the largest species on the West Coast, have a complex lifecycle that takes them from the open ocean to the Bay and back again.

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