This collaborative fisheries research project will provide a quantitative baseline characterization of nearshore rocky reef fish communities, including rockfishes and lingcod. Hook-and-line surveys by volunteer anglers will follow the standardized sampling protocol developed by the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program. Surveys will be conducted at sites inside and outside four MPAs within the depth range of 10 to 50 meters. Fish will be identified to species, measured, and released. To monitor fish movement patterns, those longer than 23 centimeters will be tagged and released at depth. The tagging efforts will be widely publicized within local the local fishing community. Prizes will be offered for returned tags, and researchers will share information back to anglers about fish caught. Marine mammals and seabirds will also be surveyed during each trip. This project is a collaboration among academic scientists, recreational anglers, and sport fishing boat captains.



Researchers described their findings from this project in a technical report, released in July 2017. Click below to read the report.

FINAL REPORT: Baseline Characterization of Nearshore Fish Communities Associated with Rocky Reef Habitats



Data from this project are coming soon! You will be able access the data through the OceanSpaces map tool and data archive to learn more about each data package.