April 13, 2022 CA Recreational Crab Trap Restrictions

Summary

SCH Number
2022040275
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
April 13, 2022 CA Recreational Crab Trap Restrictions
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/13/2022
Document Description
Restriction on use of recreational crab traps statewide in response to marine life entanglement risk.

Contact Information

Name
Ryan Bartling
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Regions
Statewide
Other Location Info
Statewide - ocean waters

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 recreational crab traps pose a marine life entanglement risk, especially for whales and sea turtles migrating through California waters. This action implements a restriction on the use of recreational traps, which will have the overall effect of reducing the entanglement risk by 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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