If you want to experience a completely new and different event, plan to attend Arts for the Parks “Walk on the Wild Side” first annual art auction and banquet. On Saturday, April 19, artworks created by internationally known artists will be showcased, and contest winners will receive their cash prizes. Auction tickets are $65/person and include unique hors d’oeuvres of game, fowl and sea prepared by the area’s finest chefs, a free drink, and live music. Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart St., Fort Bragg. Reservation deadline: April 10. The auction benefits natural/cultural heritage programs in our District State Parks hosted by Mendocino Area Park Association (MAPA). Call 707.937.4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2008 Abalone Season Opens on April 1
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
With the advent of Spring comes the opening of the 2008 abalone season on the Mendocino Coast. Beginning April 1st, the waters north of San Francisco Bay are open for abalone fishing. There’s a new tagging requirement for abalone this year, on top of all of the previous regulations. Free divers and shore pickers are now required to tag their catches as soon as they exit the water.
Here are the 2008 California regulations for abalone:
- Red abalone can be taken from April 1 through June 30, and from August 1 through November 30. The waters are closed during July for a recovery period during the high-take season.
- The daily limit per person is 3 per day, with a maximum of 24 per year.
- Abalone have to be at least 7 inches in diameter.
- They can only be taken by hand or with abalone irons. Scuba gear is prohibited.
- All persons 16 and older must have a California fishing license, as well as an abalone report card.
- Abalone must be tagged with a tag from the report card immediately upon exiting the water (to the shore or a motorized boat). People in kayaks can wait until they reach shore.
- Abalone must remain in the shell with tags attached until being prepared for immediate consumption.
You can find out more on the Web site for the CA Department of Fish and Game, including a video on how to use the new tags.
Have fun, and be safe! Check out our page on Ocean Safety for some tips on remaining safe around the ocean.
Adam Miller, Whales and Other Dying Breeds
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
The Fort Bragg Whale Festival this weekend (March 15-16) was a time to celebrate the survival of the California Grey Whale, which 30 years ago had been nearly hunted to extinction. Adam Miller — folksinger, storyteller, autoharp virtuoso — may not be so lucky. He and local folk singer/artist Holly Tannen entertained 35 men, women and children with Sea Chanteys at the Fort Bragg Public Library today. Bringing to life the songs that have lifted the spirits of sailors for centuries, we got our own boost with incredible music and songs from our past. (more…)
Salmon Sportfishing ends on April 1
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Seven salmon fishing zones along the California coast, including Fort Bragg, are being closed much earlier than usual this year due to a precipitous decline in the stocks of chinook salmon spawning in the coastal rivers and streams. Sport fishing, which is a major enterprise at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, will be closed as of April 1. If you like to fish for salmon, you’d better hurry up and get out on a boat before April 1!
The regulators also decided to cancel the scheduled April 7 start for the commercial salmon season. The rest of the commercial fishing season starts May 1. In mid-April, the Pacific Fishery Management Council will make final determinations about this year’s commercial and recreational salmon catches.
Thanksgiving Coffee Wins Peace Award, Plans African Dinner
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Thanksgiving Coffee Co. of Fort Bragg founders Joan and Paul Katzeff (right in photo) have spent 37 years roasting great coffee and promoting economic and social justice and environmental protection. They do it because it’s in their blood. But now they have received a prestigious award from the Tufts University Global Institute for Leadership for their Mirembe Kawomera (Delicious Peace) coffee project. A big award for two big hearts. (more…)