Santa Cruz Harbor Commission Meeting
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Cruz Harbor Commission Meeting

Regular monthly Commission meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Items for the agenda need to be submitted to the Port Director by the Tuesday prior to the meeting date of each month. The public is welcome to attend Commission meetings. There is a time set aside at each Commission meeting for “oral communication” in which any public member can address the Commission and staff on any harbor-related topic. Public meetings are held at the Harbor Public Meeting Room, 365A Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz.

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

National Electronic Monitoring Workshop

The 3rd National Electronic Monitoring Workshop Series will engage and educate new participants and foster an environment for collaboration across different fisheries, fishermen and other stakeholders regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with electronic monitoring.

NOAA Fisheries announces two workshops focused on the use and implementation of electronic monitoring (EM) for U.S. fisheries. The first workshop will be held on the east coast with the support of the New England Fishery Management Council on November 13 – 14, 2019 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire.

A second workshop will be held in early 2020 in Seattle, Washington with the support of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Workshop registration will be free and will open soon. We look forward to seeing many of our longtime partners and fishermen, and engaging with new stakeholders who may bring new perspectives at these workshops.

For additional information regarding the workshop agenda, registration (coming soon) and contact information for organizers, please click here.

Website: https://eminformation.com/3096/save-the-date-for-the-3rd-national-electronic-monitoring-workshop-series

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Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Fisheries Management Workshop
Jan
14
to Jan 16

Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Fisheries Management Workshop

Marine fisheries management is a delicate balance of providing jobs, providing fishing opportunities, and providing for the long-term availability of both.

Management of such a delicately balanced system could easily lead to the exclusion of the very people who depend on it for their livelihoods. Fortunately, federal fisheries management in the US considers the needs of fishermen and others with a stake in marine fisheries by requiring their participation in regulatory decisions. Key to effective participation, however, is a comprehensive understanding of the science and policy which underlies the management system. The Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) aims to provide fishermen with the comprehensive understanding which empowers them to effectively participate in marine fisheries management. 

Created by fishermen, for fishermen.

The Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) was founded by local New England fishermen in 2001 to provide members of their community with the tools and information to actively and effectively participate in fisheries science and management. Over the next 15 years the program slowly expanded into other regions as other fishermen have expressed a need for that information.

MREP West is a workshop series designed for west coast fishermen interested in building their understanding and involvement in fisheries science and management decisions.

It was developed to equip fishermen with the tools to confidently engage with the tough issues facing their region today. It specifically runs through the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and exposes fishermen to the ‘how’ of the whole fisheries management process. Additionally, the program provides a neutral setting in which fishermen can meet the people behind agency jobs, ask personally relevant questions, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of two, three-day workshops.

These workshops build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Offices and Science Centers, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with industry moderators keeping the discussion relevant to the fishing community.

Participants leave the workshops prepared to engage confidently in fishery management and to critically evaluate the science affecting their fishery.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

CA Dungeness Crab Task Force Meeting

Dungeness Crab Task Force Meeting #9 – October 16-17, 2019 – Santa Rosa

Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Justice Joseph Rattigan State Office, Room 410
50 D St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Meeting Goals

  • To identify and address California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) administration, including introducing new Members, confirming the DCTF Charter and draft 2019-21 work plan, updating DCTF Executive Committee participation, etc.

  • To receive updates relevant to the Dungeness crab industry and ensure all Members have access to information that may inform DCTF deliberations during this meeting.

  • To discuss high priority topics including, but not limited to, domoic acid management response, active legislation, marine life entanglements, preseason quality testing, etc. with the intent to identify priorities and recommendations to be forwarded via a report to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Fish and Game Commission.

Agenda*

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:00 am

1. Welcome, introductions, and agenda review.

2. Public comment on non-agenda items.

3. Review and discuss the DCTF Charter and draft 2019-21 DCTF work plan to confirm DCTF priorities, administration and operations, review protocols for adding items to DCTF meeting agendas.

Administrative Vote: Consideration and possible adoption of amendments to the DCTF Charter and 2019-21 draft DCTF Work Plan.

ACTIONConsideration and possible recommendations to the Legislature, Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and/or CDFW regarding DCTF administration and operations.

4. Presentation and discussion on California commercial Dungeness crab fishery including, but not limited to, the Dungeness crab trap tag account, lost fishing gear recovery program, new fishery regulations (e.g., vessel length restrictions), California’s preseason quality testing standards, etc.

ACTIONConsideration and possible recommendations related to CDFW updates, which may include, but will not be limited to, requests for information, and California’s preseason quality testing standards.

5. Receive updates from CDFW on the status of marine life entanglements and considerations for the Dungeness crab fishery, including, but not limited to, the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group’s efforts, expectations for fishery operations in the 2019-20 season, development of a Conservation Plan and application for an Incidental Take Permit, and Section 6 funding opportunities.

ACTIONConsideration and possible adoption of recommendations related to marine life entanglements in the Dungeness crab fishery and related management processes.

6. Updates on the status of domoic acid testing and discussion of management and response including, but not limited to identifying biotoxin management zones, considering the utility of and legal framework for implementing evisceration orders with support from Department of Public Health staff, providing guidance on domoic acid research priorities, etc.

7. Review agenda topics for Day 2

8. Adjourn

Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:30 am

1. Welcome and recap of Day 1

2. Public comment on non-agenda items.

3. Review relevant active legislation, including, but not limited to AB 1472 (Dungeness Crab Commission), and discuss positions or consider recommendations related to potential regulatory and legislative needs (e.g., fair start).

ACTIONConsideration and possible adoption of letter(s) of support and/or recommendations for amendments to active legislation and rulemaking packages (e.g., AB 1472), and/or for new legislation or regulatory changes including, but not limited to, changes to fair start regulations, trap tags, etc.

4. Continued discussion from Day 1 including, but not limited to, those related to domoic acid, Tri-State issues, and marine life entanglements.

ACTIONConsideration and possible adoption of recommendations of Dungeness crab fishery management measures or policy statements related to topics including, but not limited to, biotoxin management zones, evisceration orders, Tri-State crab quality testing protocols, and opportunities to advise on decision-making, etc.

5. Continued discussion on the DCTF’s administration, including, but not limited to, updating the Executive Committee membership.

Administrative Vote: Consideration and possible modification of the DCTF Executive Committee, membership.

6. Public comment on non-agenda items

7. Review next steps

8. Adjourn

*Agenda items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the DCTF Administrative Team and voting on a specific agenda item may be carried over to the second day of the meeting. Every effort will be made to address all items on the agenda. However, the DCTF may postpone certain discussions or actions due to time limitations or the need to revisit topics with their constituents before moving an item forward.

Limited copies of meeting materials will be provided at the meeting and will be posted to the DCTF website as soon as they are available.

Public Participation and Comment: Members of the public will be invited to provide comment following each agenda item; an opportunity to provide public comment on non-agenda topics will be made available on each day of the meeting. Additional information about provide public comment is available online at http://bit.ly/2IFdOv4. To request an item to be added to a future meeting agenda, please review the guidelines online: http://bit.ly/2s45Wfw.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com or 805-845-9852. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this DCTF meeting should contact Rachelle Fisher (rachelle@strategicearth.com or 805-845-9852) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

For more information about the DCTF and a meeting summary please visit the DCTF website at http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/04/dungeness-crab-task-force/.

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Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Sustainable Coastal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities "A World without Salmon"

Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar and UCSC's Coastal Science and Policy Program Present: Sustainable Coastal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

A Dinner & Discussion "A World without Salmon" **

Tuesday, October 15

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers:

Steve Lindley, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries Director

Ian Cole & Charlie Lambert, Ocean2table, a community supported fishery

Evening features a three-course menu created by Soif Chef Tom McNary showcasing ingredients from Ocean2Table.
$75 per person; $100 with wine pairing.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for wine and passed appetizers.

The dinner will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Email alexis@soifwine.com or call 831-423-2020 for reservations.

**As we are leaving salmon season, we will be showcasing alternative seafood options as part of the dining experience. No fresh salmon will be served at the dinner. The menu will be uploaded to our website soon. http://www.soifwine.com/new-events

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Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

CA Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group Meeting

  • 5 D Street Santa Rosa, CA, 95404 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hello Everyone,


The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group (Working Group) will hold an in-person meeting/webinar on October 15, 2019 to conduct a preseason risk assessment, identify if there is elevated entanglement risk, and, if so, develop management recommendations for the CDFW Director’s review to inform the start of 2019-20 fishing season.


California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

2019-20 Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP)

Conducting a Preseason Risk Assessment Using the RAF

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 10:00am - 3:00pm PT

Location: Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building, 50 D. St, Santa Rosa, 95404 | Room 410

Listen only/screen share details: (424) 228-8722 No PIN necessary
www.uberconference.com/strategicearth

Meeting Agenda


Members of the public are invited to attend this working meeting as listeners only in person or via the conference line listed in the agenda. There will not be opportunities for public comment and all participants will be asked to identify themselves. 


Materials shared during this meeting will be posted on the Working Group’s webpage:http://www.opc.ca.gov/whale-entanglement-working-group/. For more information contact the Working Group at info@cawhalegroup.com.

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PFMC: Ad-Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee
Oct
9
to Oct 10

PFMC: Ad-Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee

  • Sheraton Portland Airport (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Wednesday, October 9, 2019at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday, October 10, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

At its meeting, the SaMTAAC will continue to develop alternatives that address obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the groundfish trawl catch share plan related to under-attainment of non-sablefish shorebased trawl allocations.  The SaMTAAC’s work on alternatives will be presented at the November 2019 Pacific Council meeting.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Mt. Adams Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2411, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Meeting
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Meeting

  • Garden Room Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Tuesday, October 8, 2019,at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess at 5:00 p.m.  It will continue at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, and will end at 2 p.m. The meeting times are an estimate; the meetings will adjourn when business for the day is complete.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss data needs, document development, work plans, and progress made on assigned tasks.  The Pacific Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel will be invited to attend in order to provide additional input and comments on the Workgroup’s draft Risk Assessment report as needed.  The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future Workgroup and Pacific Council meetings.  This is a public meeting and not a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup co-chairs as time allows. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agenda may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.

Supplemental Information

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reinitiated Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  The Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  The Workgroup has held multiple meetings since their inception.  Materials presented during past Workgroup meetings may be found on the NMFS West Coast Regional website (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/southern-resident-killer-whales-and-fisheries-interaction-workgroup).  Agendas and meeting notices can be found on the Pacific Council’s website at https://www.pcouncil.org.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Garden Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2411, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.

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Oct
7
to Oct 11

PFMC Groundfish Management Team Work Session

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 7, 2019 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 8 through Friday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 13-20, 2019 meeting in Costa Mesa, California.  Specific agenda topics include the development of the 2021-2022 harvest specifications and management measures, including rebuilding analyses.  The GMT may also address other groundfish and administrative agenda items scheduled for the November Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Council Office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Congressman Jared Huffman Roundtable on MSA

Congressman Jared Huffman invites you to his roundtable on the Magnuson-Stevens Act and federal fisheries management. This panel discussion with experts and stakeholders will be a detailed, technical examination of current and future challenges in federal fisheries management and will explore potential solutions. This will inform Rep. Huffman’s development of a Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization bill. Guests will be able to submit written questions during the roundtable and provide public comments at its conclusion. Click here for more details. 

When: Monday, October 7th, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: Aquarium of the Bay - Farallon Room, Pier 39 Embarcadero & Beach St. San Francisco, CA 94133. Please click here for directions. 

This event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis up to capacity. Please click here to RSVP. 

The aquarium does not operate a public parking lot. Public parking is offered near and around the facility. As well as, metered street parking. Please click here for more information about parking options.   

Best Regards, 

The Office of Jared Huffman

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Public Hearing: CDFW Standardized Trap Marking Program
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Public Hearing: CDFW Standardized Trap Marking Program

In accordance with Government Code Section 11346.4(a) of Administrative Procedure Act, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is posting notice of a 45-day continuation comment period of the proposed action to amend sections 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, and 180.5, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR) RE: Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program. The proposed regulations and associated documents were published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on June 21, 2019, No. 25-Z: File Z-2019-0611-06, and were available for a 45-day public comment period through August 6, 2019 (the “Original Proposed Package”). A public hearing was held on August 6, 2019 in Monterey.

There are no proposed changes to the Original Proposed Package with this 45-day comment period continuation.

However, this 45-day comment period extension serves to correct an oversight for certain interested parties who did not receive electronic or hard copy notice of availability of the Original Proposed Package during the June 2019 mailing, consistent with Government Code Section 11346.4(a) and Section 86, Title 1, CCR. In the interest of transparency, the Department is notifying the full list of interested parties (consisting of primarily commercial fishermen of the affected trap fisheries – lobster, rock crab, tanner crab, spot prawn, coonstripe shrimp and nearshore finfish), including those who received the notice in June 2019.

The Department will also receive written and oral comments during a public hearing scheduled at the following wheelchair accessible location:

Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Department Monterey Office, Large Conference Room,
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA, 93940

The rulemaking file consists of the following documents:


LINK: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Notices/Regulations/Marking


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Oct
6
to Oct 7

3rd Local Seafood Summit

To Register: https://secure.touchnet.com/C22921_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=163&SINGLESTORE=true

About the Summit

The 3rd Local Seafood Summit celebrates the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of small-scale and community-based seafood businesses committed to strengthening our local, regional, and national food systems.  It is an opportunity to showcase progress within the Local Catch Network, expand the community, and gain practical skills and knowledge that can help seafood businesses thrive.

The goals of the summit are to: (1) facilitate knowledge sharing, mentor relationships, and networking within our community and with new partners; (2) identify and develop innovative strategies for protecting, operationalizing, and promoting the core values; (3) increase LocalCatch.org’s capacity to directly support small-scale fishermen and values-based seafood businesses.  

Catalyzed by local innovation and global collaboration, seafood enterprises seeking to create safe, fair, sustainable supply chains that support marine conservation and coastal resilience continue to emerge.  However, these businesses also continue to face financial and organizational challenges that limit their ability to sustain a triple bottom line and potential long-term success. Recognizing these challenges, the summit is framed around the need to transparently incorporate values into a rapidly changing seafood system, thus adding value to small-scale fisheries.

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Last Day: Public Comment for 45 Day Notice for Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program
Oct
4
8:00 AM08:00

Last Day: Public Comment for 45 Day Notice for Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program

Departmental Rulemaking: Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program

45 Day Continuation Notice to California Notice Register 2019, No. Z-2019-0611-06 Re: Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program (Sections 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, and 180.5, Title 14, CCR)

August 20, 2019

In accordance with Government Code Section 11346.4(a) of Administrative Procedure Act, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is posting notice of a 45-day continuation comment period of the proposed action to amend sections 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, and 180.5, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR) RE: Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program. The proposed regulations and associated documents were published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on June 21, 2019, No. 25-Z: File Z-2019-0611-06, and were available for a 45-day public comment period through August 6, 2019 (the “Original Proposed Package”). A public hearing was held on August 6, 2019 in Monterey.

There are no proposed changes to the Original Proposed Package with this 45-day comment period continuation.

However, this 45-day comment period extension serves to correct an oversight for certain interested parties who did not receive electronic or hard copy notice of availability of the Original Proposed Package during the June 2019 mailing, consistent with Government Code Section 11346.4(a) and Section 86, Title 1, CCR. In the interest of transparency, the Department is notifying the full list of interested parties (consisting of primarily commercial fishermen of the affected trap fisheries – lobster, rock crab, tanner crab, spot prawn, coonstripe shrimp and nearshore finfish), including those who received the notice in June 2019.

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments on the Original Proposed Package. All written comments must be received by the Department via mail, or e-mail, no later than midnight on Friday, October 4, 2019, to the contact as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regulations Unit – Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program
Attn: Ona Alminas, Sr. Environmental Scientist
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1342-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: Regulations@wildlife.ca.gov

The Department will also receive written and oral comments during a public hearing scheduled at the following wheelchair accessible location:

Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Department Monterey Office, Large Conference Room,
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA, 93940

The rulemaking file consists of the following documents:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program (amend sections 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, & 180.5, Title 14, CCR)

June 21, 2019

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) has published the Notice of Proposed Action to amend sections 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, & 180.5 to Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR), implementing a standardized system of marking commercial trap gear required by Senate Bill 1309 (SB 1309; Fisheries Omnibus Bill of 2018, McGuire) and changes to Section 9005 of the Fish and Game Code (FGC).

The goal of the proposed “Standardized Commercial Trap Marking Program” (Marking Program) is to establish a standardized framework for marking commercial fishing gear to better identify the commercial trap fisheries involved in marine life entanglement events. Identifying the trap fishery gear involved in marine life entanglements would allow the State to direct resources to those fisheries with the greatest contribution to entanglement. The proposed Marking Program would improve and expand upon existing buoy markings required by regulation and statute, affecting six commercial trap fisheries: Spiny Lobster, Rock Crab, Tanner Crab, Spot Prawn, Coonstripe Shrimp, and Nearshore Finfish (e.g., California Sheephead, Cabezon).

In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, the proposed rulemaking was noticed in the California Regulatory Notice Register, and the 45-day public comment period begins June 21, 2019. The Department will receive written and oral comments at a public hearing scheduled at the following wheelchair accessible location:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
10:00 a.m.
 to 12:00 p.m.
Department Monterey Office, Large Conference Room,
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA, 93940

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments on the proposed action to the Department. All written comments must be received by the Department via mail, or e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, to the contact as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regulations Unit
Attn: Ona Alminas, Sr. Environmental Scientist
1416 9th Street, Room 1342-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Email: Regulations@wildlife.ca.gov

  1. Notice of Proposed Action (PDF)

  2. California Regulatory Notice Register, June 25-z (PDF)

  3. Initial Statement of Reasons (ISOR) (PDF)

  4. Proposed amendments to sections 122.1, 122.1, 125, 126.1, 180.1, & 180.5 regulatory text (PDF) (Title 14, CCR; shown by strikeout/ underline)

  5. Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (Form 399) and addendum (PDF)

  6. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (2018). Forensic Review Workshop Report- Reviewing Gear Involved in West Cost Whale Entanglement (PDF) -document relied upon

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California's Fisheries for Management Efforts Webinar
Oct
3
1:00 PM13:00

California's Fisheries for Management Efforts Webinar


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Tribes and Tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to join an informational webinar to learn about the state’s efforts to develop a list of priority fisheries as directed by the 2018 Master Plan for Fisheries: A Guide for the Implementation of the Marine Life Management Act.

In 2015, CDFW and its partners, together with Tribes and Tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public, began revising the 2001 Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan through the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process. In 2018, the Fish and Game Commission adopted the Master Plan and CDFW began implementing a comprehensive approach to prioritization within the framework for MLMA-based management (see page 4 of the 2018 Master Plan). Prioritizing state-managed fisheries will help CDFW to focus limited resources on the fisheries with the greatest management needs and maximize resource and ecosystem benefits.

During the webinar, CDFW staff will provide an overview of their work to move from an interim priority list in the 2018 Master Plan (see Appendix C of the 2018 Master Plan) to an updated priority list for twenty of the state’s marine finfish species and three marine invertebrate species. This priority list of fisheries reflects a more comprehensive evaluation of the risk of fishing to the ecosystem (including target species, habitat, and bycatch).

This webinar was previously scheduled for this past summer and postponed to enable CDFW to continue to refine the prioritization approach. Building off of the Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) information gathering project of the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process, CDFW has further adapted the ERA tool to be more streamlined, intuitive, and objective.

Participants are invited to learn about the evolution of the ERA tool and will be introduced to the priority list of fisheries. Using a streamlined ERA, CDFW can complete prioritization in a more timely manner and focus on addressing potential higher-risk fisheries through scaled management. CDFW will also share information on the socioeconomic filter that will be applied to the higher-priority fisheries that are the focus of management efforts moving forward.

A webinar agenda, meeting materials, and additional reference materials are available here:

Background on the information gathering projects, including those that helped inform the prioritization approach, may provide additional context for the discussion.

All interested parties are welcome to sign in to the webinar at https://www.uberconference.com/strategicearth on Thursday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the state’s efforts to develop a list of priority fisheries. Contact Debbie Aseltine-Neilson, Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist, at Debbie.Aseltine-Neilson@wildlife.ca.gov with any questions about CDFW’s prioritization process or the upcoming webinar. We look forward to hearing your voices!

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Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Fisheries Science Workshop
Oct
1
to Oct 3

Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) Fisheries Science Workshop

Marine fisheries management is a delicate balance of providing jobs, providing fishing opportunities, and providing for the long-term availability of both.

Management of such a delicately balanced system could easily lead to the exclusion of the very people who depend on it for their livelihoods. Fortunately, federal fisheries management in the US considers the needs of fishermen and others with a stake in marine fisheries by requiring their participation in regulatory decisions. Key to effective participation, however, is a comprehensive understanding of the science and policy which underlies the management system. The Marine Resources Education Program (MREP) aims to provide fishermen with the comprehensive understanding which empowers them to effectively participate in marine fisheries management. 

Created by fishermen, for fishermen.

The Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) was founded by local New England fishermen in 2001 to provide members of their community with the tools and information to actively and effectively participate in fisheries science and management. Over the next 15 years the program slowly expanded into other regions as other fishermen have expressed a need for that information.

MREP West is a workshop series designed for west coast fishermen interested in building their understanding and involvement in fisheries science and management decisions.

It was developed to equip fishermen with the tools to confidently engage with the tough issues facing their region today. It specifically runs through the fisheries science and management processes, demystifies the acronyms and vocabulary, and exposes fishermen to the ‘how’ of the whole fisheries management process. Additionally, the program provides a neutral setting in which fishermen can meet the people behind agency jobs, ask personally relevant questions, and share important feedback from the fishing community.

The program is offered as a series of two, three-day workshops.

These workshops build upon each other: a three-day Fishery Science Workshop followed by a three-day Fishery Management Workshop. Presenters are drawn from NMFS Regional Offices and Science Centers, the Fishery Management Councils, research institutions, and the fishing community. Workshops are designed and held as a collaborative effort, with industry moderators keeping the discussion relevant to the fishing community.

Participants leave the workshops prepared to engage confidently in fishery management and to critically evaluate the science affecting their fishery.

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MBFT Fishing Community Meeting: Fishermen's Market
Sep
26
5:00 PM17:00

MBFT Fishing Community Meeting: Fishermen's Market

Fishermen’s markets have gained popularity throughout California as a way to sell fresh and local catch direct to consumers. The shift towards direct marketing was a result of the 2015 Pacific to Plate legislation which allows fishermen to organize a market under a the same regulatory framework as a traditional farmers market.

At MBFT, we have been examining the logistics of such a model and how a market might work in Monterey, IF fishermen chose to organize one. We’d like to share some of the findings, hear your thoughts, and talk about whether a market is even feasible for Monterey.

We hope to discuss topics that include:

  • What would it take to organize a fishermen’s market

  • Are fishermen interested in doing this?

  • Is a fishermen’s market practical?

We are very interested in hearing from you, please join us.

September 26th

5 pm to 7 pm

Community Water Front Room in Monterey

Dinner will be provided, but please RSVP by contacting Oliviya, (805) 801-0997.

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Groundfish Management Team Webinar
Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Groundfish Management Team Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will convene a webinar meeting to discuss harvest specifications and other items related to the team’s in-person meeting scheduled for October 7-11, 2019.  The webinar will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.  This meeting is open to the public.

Purpose of the Webinar

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to discuss the development of the 2021-2022 harvest specifications and management measures including rebuilding analyses.  The GMT may also address other groundfish and administrative agenda items scheduled for its in-person October meeting.  A detailed agenda will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar; then click “Join a Webinar” in top right corner of page

  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 811-527-651

  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0052

  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 820-357-513

  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information and System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP

  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280

Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT chair.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Santa Cruz Harbor Commission Meeting
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Santa Cruz Harbor Commission Meeting

Regular monthly Commission meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Items for the agenda need to be submitted to the Port Director by the Tuesday prior to the meeting date of each month. The public is welcome to attend Commission meetings.

There is a time set aside at each Commission meeting for “oral communication” in which any public member can address the Commission and staff on any harbor-related topic.

Public meetings are held at the Harbor Public Meeting Room, 365A Lake Avenue, Santa Cruz.

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PFMC Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Webinar
Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

PFMC Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup Webinar

For information visit the link here: https://www.pcouncil.org/2019/08/60469/ad-hoc-southern-resident-killer-whale-workgroup-to-hold-webinar-september-24-2019/

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council)  Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will meet via webinar, and this meeting will be open to the public.  The  webinar meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), or until business for the day has been completed.  This is a public meeting and not a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup co-chairs as time allows.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the webinar will be to review and discuss the proceedings of the Pacific Council meeting in September in Boise, Idaho relative to SRKWs, discuss data needs, document development, work plans, and progress made on assigned tasks.  The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future Workgroup and Pacific Council meetings.  The Pacific Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel will be invited to attend in order to provide additional input and comments on the Workgroup’s draft Risk Assessment report as needed. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agendas may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings.

Supplemental Information

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reinitiated Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  The Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  The Workgroup has held multiple meetings since their inception.  Materials presented during past Workgroup meetings may be found on the NMFS West Coast Regional website (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/west-coast/southern-resident-killer-whales-and-fisheries-interaction-workgroup).  Agendas and meeting notices can be found on the Pacific Council’s website at https://www.pcouncil.org.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar

  2. Click “Join” at the top right corner of page

  3. Enter the Webinar ID: 275-554-115

  4. Please enter your name and email address (required)

  5. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)

  6. Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 190-414-976

  7. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, or XP

  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr.Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Moss Landing Community Planning Meeting
Sep
11
5:00 PM17:00

Moss Landing Community Planning Meeting

Meeting Time is not yet finalized. Please visit the website to confirm the time.

As part of the Monterey County Local Coastal Program, the Moss Landing Community Plan
(Chapter 5 of the North County Land Use Plan) and the corresponding Coastal Implementation Plan are currently being updated to improve and enhance the coastal community while conserving natural and cultural resources and providing public access and public recreational opportunities. This plan is being prepared by RMA – Planning with the input and assistance from the community, stakeholders, planning & environmental consultants and associated agencies.

To read the most up-to-date community plan, click here.

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California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program. (RAMP) Meeting
Sep
4
to Sep 5

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program. (RAMP) Meeting

The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group will reconvene on September 4-5, 2019 to discuss modifications of the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) for the 2019-20 fishing season in consideration of the recent settlement agreement and provide input to inform the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) regarding the RAMP rulemaking and Incidental Take Permit (ITP) process. An agenda is available online (here). Members of the public are invited to attend this working meeting as listeners only either in-person or via the conference line listed in the agenda. There will not be opportunities for public comment and all participants will be asked to identify themselves.If you are interested in attending or joining remotely, details are as follows:California Whale and Sea Turtle Entanglement Discussion

Agenda is located here: http://www.opc.ca.gov/webmaster/_media_library/2019/08/Whales_-Draft-Agenda-Working-Group-In-person-Meeting-September-4-5-2019.pdf

Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Location: Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building, 50 D. St, Santa Rosa, 95404 | Room 410

Listen only/screen share details: (424) 228-8722 No PIN necessary | www.uberconference.com/strategicearth
Agenda hereA meeting summary will be made available on the Working Group’s webpage: http://www.opc.ca.gov/whale-entanglement-working-group/. For more information contact the Working Group at info@cawhalegroup.com.--

Rachelle Fisher, MAS
Senior Associate
Strategic Earth Consulting
P: 805-845-9852
C: 714-330-7976
rachelle@strategicearth.com
http://www.strategicearth.com/

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PFMC: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and CPS Advisory Subpanel Webinar
Aug
29
1:00 PM13:00

PFMC: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and CPS Advisory Subpanel Webinar

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar August 29, 2019.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint meeting via webinar that is open to the public.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) and will end when business is completed for the day.

Please see the CPSMT and CPSAS August 29, 2019 webinar notice on the Council’s website for participation details.A public listening station will be provided at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.

For further information: Please contact Pacific Fishery Management Council staff officer Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Webinar: New Technologies to Revolutionize Sustainable Fishing
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Webinar: New Technologies to Revolutionize Sustainable Fishing

To enroll visit the webpage: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mv5oVZg1RzW5Y4lVoTfCEw

New technologies to revolutionize sustainable fishing in the digital age: EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative

DescriptionPresented by: Katie Westfall and Rod Fujita of EDF

Pioneering technologies and new platforms can turn fishing vessels into "smart boats" and redefine fishing and how we manage fisheries – leading to greater efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. This webinar will explore EDF’s vision for revolutionizing sustainable fishing in the digital age, share experiences from testing technologies on the water, and provide a glimpse into the Smart Boat Initiative’s next steps. The webinar will also offer a deeper dive into some of the resources and tools available to fisheries practitioners as part of the Smart Boat Initiative. EDF is excited to share updates and information on this exciting new initiative, and we look forward to hearing from participants about how they are using technology to solve sustainability challenges in their own fisheries.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News) and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe)

Time Aug 22, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)



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Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project: Salmon Release Public Meeting
Aug
21
4:00 PM16:00

Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project: Salmon Release Public Meeting

The Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project is hosting a public meeting to discuss Chinook Salmon release plans for Monterey Harbor. This work is being proposed as part of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife salmon fisheries enhancement program.

This is an opportunity for all members of the public to learn about the process, ask questions, and share opinions or concerns.

Check the MBSTP website to learn more about their efforts: https://mbstp.org

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Aug
20
9:00 AM09:00

Commercial Salmon Stamp Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Yolo Wildlife Area Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CDFW Fisheries Branch Field Office 980 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento

DRAFT AGENDA

  • Introductions and review of agenda

  • Update on Releases from 2019

    o Pillar Pt, Santa Cruz, and Ft. Baker

  • Committee Membership

  • Status of funds and review of budget

  • Review Proposals for 2020

  • Additional topics (pending CDFW staff availability)

o Winter run hatchery program and constraints on ocean harvest
o EBMUD’s barge project
o Reimbursable contracting to raise and release additional salmon
o What is CDFW’s plan to minimize impact of Klamath dam removal on local

ocean and in-river fishing industry.• Adjourn

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Request for Public Input on Ocean Protection Council Priorities
Aug
14
1:00 PM13:00

Request for Public Input on Ocean Protection Council Priorities

  • Natural Resources Agency Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For more information visit: http://www.opc.ca.gov/2019/07/ocean-protection-council-meeting-august-14-2019-sacramento/

Request for Public Input on Ocean Protection Council’s PrioritiesOn August 14 from 1-4pm, the Ocean Protection Council will hold one of its quarterly public meetings in Sacramento. The focus of this meeting will be to solicit input from Council members and the public on issues that OPC should prioritize over the next five years, informing the development of OPC’s strategic plan.

Public comments at the meeting are encouraged and should describe the top one or two priorities and why OPC should prioritize those issues above others. Written public comments are also welcome and can be submitted via email to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov.

The meeting agenda can be found here. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jenn Eckerle, OPC’s Deputy Director, at jenn.eckerle@resources.ca.gov. We look forward to hearing from you.

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