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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.


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Frolic Shipwreck Cannon Returning to Point Cabrillo Soon
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

One of the Gold Rush Era Shipwreck Frolic cannon’s may be back in Mendocino for the 2008 Mendocino and Fort Bragg Whale Festivals.

John W. Foster, Manager, Archaeology and History, Archaeology, History & Museums Division, California State Parks, reports: “the cannon is out of electrolytic treatment. Don Keith recently provided the new processed chemical coating treatment which is the final step before controlled humidity display. This is the same final treatment used on the conservation treatment for 1554 Padre Island shipwreck materials. So, it needs to be coated and then put into a controlled environment so the sealant is protected, which keeps moisture out of the artifact. Charlie hopes to bring or ship with the March 15 event at Ft. Ross. He also has the Frolic ceramics in acid free boxes ready for delivery.” For the past few years the cannon has been in the midwest going through preservation process. When it returns it will be on display inside the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Abalone Festival & Cook-off
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The world’s only Abalone Festival & Cook-off is happening this weekend, Saturday, October 6. Chefs are competing for a week’s vacation in a Yucatan villa, so they’ll be cooking their hearts out for you. They are fellow abalone lovers, so you know they have a few secret recipes up their sleeves. Since abalone is not available for sale or in restaurants, this is your chance to sample this delicacy. Chowder tasting, a craft fair, and music round out this fun event. Caspar Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Shipwreck Frolic Cannon – Another Year in the Bath
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

I’m not sure how much time–maybe three years– has gone by since a contigent from the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association moved the Baltimore Brig Frolic’s cannon from the Kelley House Museum and shipped it to Indiana University in Bloomington for preservation. “Preservation” means creating an electrolytic reduction bath that neutralizes the damage caused by being in salt water, then exposed to the air. The idea is to stop further deterioration.

Frolic Cannon - Another Year in the BathThe Frolic, one of the most significant Gold Rush-era shipwrecks, which led to settlement and lumbering on the Mendocino Coast (that’s another story), was damaged and run aground in 1850 just north of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse.

The cannon was a major artifact find. And Caspar resident Win Bowen built a sturdy wood and plastic display case to show it off in the lighthouse. Unfortunately, not long after he completed the display case, the decision was made to send the cannon east for preservation work.

Word just back from the preservation folks: “It’s a slow process and needs another year of electrolytic bath” because of its size. Considering its value and potential for educating future generations, 12 months is really not that long to wait.

Win Bowen, far left above, designed the special display case waiting for the Frolic when it is possibly returned to Mendocino in 2008. Others pictured: Harold Hauck, Bob Ellington, Ron Eich, Jack Sherin, Jim Kimbrell, Tony Scramaglia, and Bruce Lewis (that’s me) on the day we hauled into into a truck for the move to Point Cabrillo. My picture is date 11/13/03.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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