November 24, 2020 CA Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delay In Fishing Zones 3-6

Summary

SCH Number
2020120247
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
November 24, 2020 CA Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delay In Fishing Zones 3-6
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/14/2020
Present Land Use
Ocean waters statewide

Document Description
Season delay of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 3-6 (south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Line)

Contact Information
Ryan Bartling
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
Lead/Public Agency
3637 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone : (707) 576-2877
ryan.bartling@wildlife.ca.gov

Season delay of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Fishing Zones 3-6 (south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County Line)
Project Applicant

Location

Regions
Statewide
Other Location Info
ocean waters statewide

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15307 (Class 7); 15308 (Class 8)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project will close the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in response to a significant 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 delay will have the overall effect of reducing the entanglement risk by keeping traps out of the marine environment. In staff’s view, the Department’s adoption of regulations is an activity that is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 7 and 8 categorical exemptions. These two exemptions are related to agency actions to protect natural resources and the environment.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
11   DOCX 158 K NOE_dcrab_closure_11242020_Signed   PDF 119 K

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