Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Michelle Loxton

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup where you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Marine Life Studies’ Whale Entanglement Team (WET) ® under NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit Program # 18786-04

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season is now open on the Central Coast. The season was delayed a month over concerns about possible marine entanglements with fishing gear. 

Ocean Exploration Trust & NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

During a recent expedition to study the largest octopus garden ever discovered, scientists stumbled across a second garden about 5 miles away. Located off the coast of Central California, these gardens are home to thousands of octo-moms who have come to take care of their eggs. KAZU News caught up with the scientists to learn more about what will come of their expedition. 

Erika Mahoney

A team of scientists spent the week exploring an octopus garden in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The garden is a nursery of sorts, a place where hundreds of female octopuses come to lay and take care of their eggs. Brimming with brooding moms, it’s the largest octopus garden ever discovered. 

Erika Mahoney

March and April are when harbor seals give birth along the Central Coast. That means moms and pups need their space.

Erika Mahoney

New offshore oil and gas wells could be coming to the coast of California.  The Trump Administration has proposed an expansion of drilling operations in nearly all federal waters. 

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Update: The public comment will be re-opened on Monday, July 31st.  It will end on Monday, August 14th.

Wednesday is the last day to submit a public comment on a Presidential Executive Order on ocean energy exploration, which includes a review of part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.