9:07 AM PDT / -0.38 ft (at Pillar Point)
Requires calf-high waterproof boots or SCUBA booties with good traction for slippery rocks and a bucket. Gloves are very helpful.
Tools are not allowed but a hook and line is; so bend a knife or screw driver and tie a line to it. ;-)
BYO snacks and drinks (stay hydrated). Sunscreen is highly recommended.
This foraging trip is open and free to paid members of this Meetup. Car poolers are expected to share fuel expenses.
I may bring my kayak.
The recreational season for California sea mussel (Mytilus californianus) and bay mussel (Mytilus trossulus) remains open year-round. The daily bag and possession limit is 10 pounds (in the shell) of California sea mussels and bay mussels in combination.
Note that the California Department of Public Health monitors and annually quarantines mussels to prevent human cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning and domoic acid poisoning.The quarantine is usually in effect from May through October, and applies only to sport-harvested mussels intended for human consumption. For updated information on quarantines and naturally-occurring shellfish toxins, call the California Department of Public Health's Shellfish Bio-toxin Information Line at (510)[masked] or toll-free at (800) 553-4133.
Any person who is 16 years of age or older must possess a valid sport fishing license when taking any fish, shell fish, reptile, or amphibian in California (Fish and Game Code Section 7145). Fish and Game Code Section 86 defines take as: hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture or kill. Read the CA Fish & Game regulations before engaging in these activities.
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