RCA Project Volunteer Information

Volunteer anglers are essential to the Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) Project!  RCA Project volunteers aide science crew in the collection of valuable data on economically important marine species by fishing onboard party boats out of Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay.  Once caught, each fish is identified, measured, tagged, and released at their respective Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) or reference site.  With help of the community, we have been able to successfully collect data on species compositions, sizes, and catch rates of nearshore fishes to compare with pre-closure data collected by California Department of Fish and Game (now California Department of Fish and Wildlife) staff.  We’ve got the boat, the gear, and the plan…all we need is your expertise to help catch the fish!

Note: Volunteer anglers should have a fair amount of experience fishing in the marine environment. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and able to spend extended periods of time (8-10 hours per day) on a recreational fishing boat, in potentially rough waters. Please also note that there is no individual take permitted on these cruises, in accordance with scientific collecting permits.

RCA Participant Handbook
RCA Volunteer Forms and Waivers

Want to get involved?  Just send in completed RCA Project Volunteer Forms and Waivers and we’ll get back to you with trip information as soon as possible.

Contact Us
Fisheries & Conservation Biology / CA Sea Grant
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
8272 Moss Landing Road | Moss Landing, CA 95039
p: (831) 771-4443   f: (831) 632-4403   e: seagrant@mlml.calstate.edu