Bay Blog and News

Salmon season reopens May 18

The sport king salmon season reopens tomorrow, Saturday, off the Sonoma Coast after a three-week respite. It will stay open until October 31. All indications are that it will take up in excellent form as it was when it was temporarily closed. Capt. Rick Powers, of the Bodega Bay Sportsfishing, is taking reservations for his…
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Gray whales starving, washing up dead in the SF Bay and coast

Exhausted, emaciated gray whales are going belly up along the coast of San Francisco this year at a rate seen only once — during a two-year period 20 years ago — since whaling was banned and the leviathans were pulled from the brink of extinction. The death toll, part of a disturbing mass die-off from…
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Endangered White Abalone Program Yields Biggest Spawning Success Yet

Millions of Eggs Bring Program 1 Step Closer to Saving Species he Bodega Marine Laboratory’s white abalone program has millions of new additions following its most successful spawning ever at the University of California, Davis, facility. Three out of nine recently collected wild white abalone spawned last week, as did seven of 12 captive-bred white…
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Faces of Bodega Bay

Faces of Bodega Bay is a photojournalistic record of the people of our small town: school kids, surfers, shop owners, fishermen, restaurant workers; the whole gamut of people who live and work in Bodega Bay and make it the wonderful community that it is. Sonoma County photographer John Hershey pairs his “environmental portraits”, which portray…
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Ginochio’s Kitchen on Bay Flat Road

Welcome to Ginochio’s Kitchen located at 1410 Bay Flat Road in beautiful Bodega Bay offering stunning views of the Bay from our indoor seating and outdoor patio. Once you walk in, you will feel the family love for cooking delicious and amazing food. GK is casual & comfortable smells of baking pastries or bread, meat…
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How Bodega Bay got its name

Bodega Bay is named for Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. The name “Bodega” probably refers to an ancestor who worked in a wine cellar or warehouse, two meanings of the Spanish word. Born in Peru in 1743, Bodega traveled to Spain as a young man to enter the Cadiz Naval Academy. Returning…
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World Water Day Sonoma Coast Cleanup

In honor of World Water Day, we invite you to a day of stewardship and fun on the Sonoma Coast. Help remove the debris and garbage brought to our beaches by this year’s floods. Volunteers, please arrive no later than 10am to check in, sign a waiver, and listen to a brief orientation talk. Organizers,…
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7th Annual Hitchcock Film Festival – March 23rd

Tickets are available HERE. Movies & Showtimes: 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: The Birds Director Alfred Hitchcock's thriller centers on a California coastal town under avian assault. Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright 3:30 p.m.: Psycho A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks…
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The Hiker’s hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition

The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast—4th Edition ($17.50) by Bob Lorentzen Now with 32,000 copies sold, our most popular book details all public trails on and near the coast between Gualala/Sea Ranch in northwestern Sonoma County and Chemise Mountain on the southern Lost Coast. Thirty-two years after our first edition, a wealth…
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Looking out for spouts: Whale-watching season

As a longtime docent with the Whale Watch Public Education Program at Bodega Head, Norma Jellison fields the same question over and over again: “Have you seen any whales today?” Rather than tire of the line, she considers it an invitation to share information about the majestic Pacific gray whales migrating within view of visitors…
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Bodega Bay Chowder Day 2019 Results

Bodega Bay Area Chowder Day 2019 Results People's Choice 1st - Spud Point Crab Company 2nd - Fisherman's Cove 3rd - Ginochio's Litchen Critic's Choice 1st - Fisherman's Cove 2nd - Spud Point Crab Company 3rd - Ane;;o Family Crab & Seafood Best Themed Booth 1st - Fisherman's Cove 2nd - Fishetarian Fish Market 3rd…
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Weekend getaway: Bodega Bay foodie adventures

The Coastal Miwok must have been awestruck as they watched Spanish Captain Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra drop anchor in their traditional fishing grounds in 1775, and name the “newly discovered” estuary harbor after himself. But it wasn’t until Alfred Hitchcock set his 1963 classic, “The Birds,” in the towns of Bodega and…
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Getting crab on the table for Christmas

Rising uncertainty in the crab fishery is taking a toll, however, a function in part of shifting ocean conditions but also of growing public alarm about unintentional whale and other animal entanglements frequently linked to crabbing gear. For many crabbers, the outlook is daunting, likely to result in greater costs and increased restrictions. “Nothing is…
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