November 4 2020 CA Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delay In Fishing Zones 3-6


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
November 4 2020 CA Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delay In Fishing Zones 3-6
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) has taken final action under the Fish and Game Code and Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations with respect to the above-referenced project. On November 4, 2020, the Director of the Department signed a declaration delaying the season opening of the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line.

Contact Information

Ryan Bartling
Agency Name
CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, Southern California
Other Location Info
south of Sonoma/Mendocino county line
Other Information
applies to commercial Dungeness crab fishery

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15307 (Class 7); 15308 (Class 8)
Reasons for Exemption
In compliance with CEQA, the Department approved the project relying on the categorical exemptions contained in CEQA Guidelines of Title 14, CCR: Section 15307 (Action by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources) and Section 15308 (Action by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment). The exemptions apply to agency actions to protect natural resources and the environment, respectively. The proposed project will delay the opening of the season of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in response to marine life entanglement risk. Lines and buoys of Dungeness crab traps pose a marine life entanglement risk, especially for whales migrating through California waters. The closure will have the overall effect of reducing the entanglement risk by preventing traps from being set in the marine environment, and thereby is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 7 and 8 categorical exemptions.


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