Fishery Closure for the California Dungeness Crab Commercial Fishery


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
Fishery Closure for the California Dungeness Crab Commercial Fishery
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Closure of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery statewide in response to marine life entanglement risk

Contact Information

Ryan Bartling
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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
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. Lines and buoys of Dungeness crab traps pose a marine life entanglement risk, especially for whales and sea turtles migrating through California waters. This action implements a Fishery Closure, which will have the overall effect of reducing the entanglement risk by prohibiting fishing for Dungeness crab and therefore removing the risk of entanglement in crab gear. Therefore, this action is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 7 and 8 categorical exemptions.


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