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CDFW Launches Updated Website Design

Media Contacts:
New-CDFW-website-screenshotAngela Barlow, CDFW Data and Technology Division, (916) 572-5732
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has launched a new website at www.wildlife.ca.gov. The site features an updated design and is now optimized for mobile devices, making it easier to use and more accessible to the public.

“Our Data and Technology Division (DTD) has worked very hard using customer feedback and the latest web development technology to produce a site that will bring ease of use to the public,” said CDFW Webmaster Angela Barlow. “We want to make the website navigation more intuitive and offer easier ways for people to get the online services they want.”

New-CDFW-website-mobileview The new site’s modern editing system will allow CDFW staff to efficiently update their pages with information of interest to the public and stakeholders.

The CDFW website currently has more than 3,000 individual pages. The migration of this content to the new site is expected to be completed by 2015. The former website address, www.dfg.ca.gov, will redirect to the new site indefinitely.


CDFW Launches Online Sales of 2013 Warden Stamp and Outdoor California to Raise Funds and Awareness for Wildlife Conservation

Contacts: Carol Singleton, CDFW Communications, 916-322-8962

2013 Warden Stamp_gold final printHelping to protect California’s natural resources is now just a few mouse clicks away.  This week the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) launched the online sales of the 2013 Warden Stamp and the award-winning publication Outdoor California.

The Warden Stamp Program was initiated in 2010 to address the need for better equipment and training for the state’s wildlife officers and to provide funding for special law enforcement programs. There are fewer than 400 wildlife officers (formerly called wardens) to patrol and protect 159,000 square miles of California’s natural habitat.

“From catching poachers to stopping polluters, wildlife officers put their lives on the line every day to protect California’s natural resources,” said Chief Mike Carion of CDFW’s law enforcement division. “Due to funding levels, our enforcement staff often lack the necessary equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently.”

For $5, individuals can purchase the newly designed 2013 Warden Stamp. All funds raised from the sales of the stamp go to purchase essential law enforcement equipment for wildlife officers and to support CDFW’s K-9 program.

For more than 60 years, Outdoor California has celebrated the state’s natural habitat and wildlife with compelling features and stunning photography. The bi-monthly magazine offers behind-the-scenes access to the fascinating work of department environmental scientists and chronicles cases brought by CDFW wildlife officers in the Thin Green Line feature.  Annual subscriptions for the magazine are just $15.

CDFW adds the Warden Stamp and Outdoor California to its catalogue of products and services available through its Automated License Data System (ALDS). The department introduced ALDS two years ago to simplify the purchasing needs for the state’s hunters and anglers. The online capabilities have made it easier for thousands of sports enthusiasts who have Internet capabilities to purchase the state-required licenses, tags and stamps without traveling to a CDFW office or agent.

To purchase the Warden Stamp or Outdoor California, please visit  www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.
To view and image of the 2013 Warden Stamp, visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=58651

This year’s stamp was sponsored by the California Game Wardens Foundation and the Sportsfishing Conservancy, which is also selling the Warden Stamp online at http://sportfishingconservancy.org/


DFG and Partners use Aircraft and Submersible Camera to Count Pacific Sardine

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) pilots and biologists, along with partners, used new technological tools above and below the water to study the sardine fishery.

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DFG, in partnership with the California Wetfish Producers Association, flew over Southern California waters in DFG’s Partenavia P68 Observer aircraft to complete surveys for Pacific sardine in coastal waters. Also for the first time, DFG confirmed the aerial identification of the fish from a vessel positioned on the schools, using a submersible video camera. During the August surveys, DFG biologists photographed schools of sardine to capture distribution and abundance.

“These surveys will help DFG to manage this sustainable fishery and add to our limited understanding of sardine distribution throughout the Southern California Bight,” said Michelle Horeczko, Senior Environmental Scientist on the Coastal Pelagic Species Project. “Data from these surveys may also be used by West Coast scientists as part of a new effort to look at the full range of sardine data from Canada to Mexico.”

The commercial sardine fishery was the second largest commercial fishery in California by volume, and sixth largest in value in 2011. Survey results and other information are used by state and federal fishery managers to set sustainable catch limits and fishing seasons that will prevent overfishing of the Pacific sardine population.

A consortium of commercial fishing industry members has used aircraft to photograph sardine schools annually off the coasts of Washington and Oregon since 2008. Photographs are enhanced to make sardine schools stand out from the background, and the area of each school is measured.

“This was an opportunity to use and adapt existing aerial methods to examine the specific patterns of distribution and abundance of sardine here in Southern California,” said Kirk Lynn, DFG environmental scientist with the Coastal Pelagic Species Project and aerial survey project lead.

The joint project is one of several collaborative opportunities made possible through research agreements between DFG and the California Wetfish Producers Association, and intended to increase DFG’s understanding of coastal pelagic species populations. DFG will use this approach to determine changes in abundance over time.

The Pacific sardine is a small, schooling fish commonly used for food and bait, and an important prey item for larger fish in coastal ecosystems. They are found in coastal temperate waters ranging from Baja California to southeast Alaska.

The commercial sardine fishery is managed by NOAA Fisheries through the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which uses a federal Coastal Pelagic Species Management Plan as a framework to manage Pacific sardine, as well as other coastal pelagic species. The DFG coordinates with other West Coast agencies through the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage the Pacific sardine fishery.

For more information about Pacific sardine and other coastal pelagic fish, visit the DFG website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/cpshms.

Media Contacts:
Kirk Lynn, DFG Marine Region, (858) 546-7167
Michelle Horeczko, DFG Marine Region, (562) 342-7198
Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8944

Lodi, Roseville, Colfax Students Win Top Honors in DFG Film Contest

Black bear walking through snowy forest
Black bear

Contact: Carol Singleton, DFG Communications Office, 916-322-8962

The results are in for the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) first-ever “Bear Aware” Youth Film Contest for high school students in the greater Sacramento area.

A film created by two Lodi High School brothers won both first place and the public choice award. Joey and Sam Hickmann earned a check for $500, a $100 gift card to REI and an opportunity to participate in a rehabilitated bear cub relocation next spring. Their catchy public service announcement, which included an original “Bear Aware” rap song, was chosen from a pool of 40 films submitted by high school filmmakers from around the region including Auburn, Nevada City, Colfax, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Sacramento and Lodi.

Nick Garner from Woodcreek High School in Roseville won second place and will receive $300. Reece Maginn, also from Woodcreek High, earned third place and will receive $200. Three other films were given honorable mentions and will receive $100 each. These went to Edward Khoma, Woodcreek High School; Devin Castillon, Woodcreek High School; and to a team of Colfax High School students – Amanda Schafer, Maryssa DeVille and Erin Bresnahan.

“We were encouraged to see these youngsters’ dedication to the conservation of California’s wildlife resources,” said DFG black bear program coordinator Marc Kenyon. “They masterfully combined artistry with ethical conservation messaging to educate the public how to live among black bears. We were so impressed that we are now planning to expand the film contest to other parts of the state and include other wildlife species.”

The “Bear Aware” Film Contest was the first step in a larger public outreach campaign to raise awareness about the importance of securing food and trash while in black bear habitat. Once bears become habituated to human food and trash they lose their natural ways and often must be killed. The students’ public services announcements, which were targeted at residents and visitors of the Lake Tahoe Basin, will be broadcast throughout northern California as part of the campaign.

To view the films, please go to www.dfg.ca.gov/BearFilmContest/TopFilms.html.

In order to make the contest possible, DFG partnered with the California Houndsmen for Conservation, who provided $1,300 for cash prizes; REI, who donated a $100 gift card for the People’s Choice Award; and the Bear League.


MarineBIOS, Marine and Coastal Map Viewer

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced a new marine and coastal map viewer, called MarineBIOS. This interactive map is a new tool for accessing California statewide marine spatial planning data. Users can visually explore and retrieve pertinent marine and coastal spatial planning information compiled for past and present DFG projects, including Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning.

Located at  www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/gis/viewer.asp , the website is an in-depth source of information about Californias MPAs, as well as some of the more common spatial planning data that was used to create those MPA regulations. For example, users may look up information on the distribution of kelp canopies, benthic and intertidal habitats, important marine managed areas or points of interest relevant to marine user groups.

The site is a strong starting point for potential additional data and customized tools in support of DFG projects and constituents.

“This map viewer marks a significant milestone in our effort to manage and make available planning data for marine and coastal constituents,” DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “Its also cost-effective as it was done in-house, using existing department technology and expertise.”

DFGs Marine Region and Biogeographic Data Branch collaborated to develop this new website by building on the departments existing Geographic Information System capability. This map viewer was developed entirely in-house and is part of a larger program called Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS) that provides data-rich web map viewers for the department, its constituents and partners. More information about the DFG Marine Region is available at  www.dfg.ca.gov/marine. The DFG Biogeographic Data Branch website is located at  www.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata.