Reasons for Exemption
Class 7 CEQA Guidelines Section 15307, consists of actions taken by regulatory agencies as authorized by state law or local ordinance to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of a natural resource where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment. Examples include but are not limited to wildlife preservation activities of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Class 8 CEQA Guidelines Section 15308, consists of actions taken by regulatory agencies, as authorized by state or local ordinance, to assure the maintenance, restoration, enhancement, or protection of the environment where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment.
The proposed emergency regulation would reduce allowable take levels of certain rockfish species in response to new information indicating either a stock decline, or that current harvest levels are too high. Federal regulation expected to go into effect on or around January 1 would similarly reduce take. The Commission routinely adopts regulations for recreational groundfish for consistency with federal regulations. This project will have the overall effect of reducing take of these species, consistent with federal regulations, and is protective of those rockfish species at issue. Therefore, it is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 7 and 8 categorical exemptions.