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California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Update

Three sources of current sport bottomfishing regulations are now available.

1. Summary tables for the 2007 recreational groundfish fishing regulations are posted to the Marine Region's web site at:

2. The Marine Region's California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations Map has been updated - see:

3. The recreational groundfish fishing regulations hotline - (831) 649-2801 - has also been updated with current bottomfishing regulations.

MLPA - Marine Life Protection Act

The next meeting for the regarding the MLPA and the establishment of marine protected areas in the Monterey and Carmel areas, is on Feb. 1 & 2. The MLPA will be in Monterey on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Department of Fish and Game website has all the regulations posted regarding the adoption of the Marine Protected Areas. These are the regulations we will be focussed on at the Fish and Game Commission meeting.

The proposed regulations disallow spearfishing at the Ed Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) but allows it at the Pacific Grove SMCA and the Carmel Bay SMCA.

The Kelp and Regulations is regarding how much kelp the Department wishes to allow the Kelp Harvesters to extract from the Ed Ricketts SMCA and the P. G. SMCA.

The next FGC meeting is in Arcata, and then they move to Bodega Bay on April 13, at which time the the Commissioners will vote on these MPAs..

To read the original posting of the regulations on the DFG website, go to:

MLPA Central Coast New Proposed Regulations
California Department of Fish & Game
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940


Move over Steve Irwin

San Jose, Costa Rica (Jan 26, 2007 17:24 EST) A dog is usually described as a man's best friend, but in Costa Rica a man has become best mates with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs.

Tico Tarzan with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs.

Gilberto Graham has seemingly domesticated the croc, and has even started his own show in which he cavorts with the beast in a swimming pool and gives it commands.

During the performance, Gilberto, known also as the Tico Tarzan, gets up close to the open jaw of the crocodile, and even bites one of the animal's teeth.

An Italian tourist came away from the show shaking his head, saying: "I've never scene a show like this. It's the first time I've seen a person tame a crocodile."

Tico Tarzan said he found the reptile wounded by a bullet five years ago after it had been shot by a farmer who wanted to keep it from eating his cattle.

He claims he cured and fed the crocodile - and little by little he got to know the croc and gained its confidence.

Monterey Aquarium Great White- Released Back to the Wild

After 137 days in our Outer Bay exhibit, our male white shark was returned to the wild shortly after sunrise this morning by our husbandry team. He was larger at release than our first white shark (6-feet-5 inches and 171 pounds vs. 6-foot-4 ½ and 162 pounds), and our aquarists decided that–for his well-being and theirs–they didn’t want to wait until he had grown any larger before moving him back to the ocean.

We released him from a boat in Monterey Bay after fitting him with an electronic data tag that will track his movements for the next 90 days. If all goes as planned, on April 15 the tag will pop free and deliver information via satellite about where the shark traveled, how deep he dove and the water temperatures he favored. Soon after, the data will be posted to the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics web site,

As with our first shark in 2004-05, we’d always intended to return him to the wild. He was healthy and feeding at the time of release, and had shown no interest in his exhibit-mates. He had, in recent weeks, developed some abrasions on his snout–another consideration that factored into the timing of his release.

In 50 years of attempts, this marks only the second time a white shark has survived more than 16 days at an aquarium. It was only the second to consistently take food offered by aquarium staff. Our first (and smaller) shark was with us for 198 days in 2004-2005.

We’ll resume our white shark field project this summer, and hope to bring a third white shark to Monterey to share with visitors. Stay tuned!






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