Only 3% of the Sacramento River juvenile chinook salmon survived their annual migration to the sea, thanks to higher than normal river temperatures. Only a 3 degree temperature change in the river water created the situation since there was no snowmelt to cool the water temperatures. See this article for more information.
It’s been a wet and wild winter along the West Coast! High surf has caused all kinds of issues:
- The Ventura Pier suffered damage in early January 2016, and is currently closed for repairs. Reopening is slated for end of February.
- Ventura Promenade suffered heavy erosion; the repairs started Feb 3 and continue through April; see here for more information
- The Pacifica Pier also suffered damage in January; at last report, the L piece of the pier was closed to the public.
- The seafront road near the Pacifica Pier has also experienced multiple sinkholes, closing the road to vehicles. This is currently under repair.
- Ocean Beach Pier took minor damage but should be open at this time.
Be very careful with walking along the shore this winter! High surf has continued from December through into February, with many reports of people swept off rocks. Most recently a couple on the beach in Pacifica were swept into the ocean while walking in ankle deep water. Sneaker waves are sneaky and powerful, and cause the sand under your feet to erode causing you to lose your footing and fall. NEVER turn your back on the ocean, and during high surf it’s safest to stay where the sand is driest.
Been waiting for the start of crab season and dreaming of holiday crab? You’ll have to wait a bit…this year’s crabbing season has been delayed due to toxins built up in crabs from the unprecedented red algae bloom in the Pacific. This affects rock and Dungeness species. The toxins are not destroyed by boiling water (independently verified with a biochemist) and the toxins have been known to cause permanent damage and even death in humans.
For more information and updates on when crab season may open, go here.
There’s an enormous toxic algae bloom in the Pacific that has the potential to delay Dungeness season. Officials are conducting tests on crabs now and expect to announce later this week if crabs are safe to catch or if crab season must be delayed. Keep in mind that this algae creates a neurotoxin in crabs that can kill humans, so please keep an eye on the testing results.
More info on this news, and we’ll update when the results are posted.