Conservation Plan for the California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Summary

SCH Number
2022090320
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
Conservation Plan for the California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Pacific Ocean - US Exclusive Economic Zone off California’s coast from the California/Oregon border to the California/Mexico border.
Document Description
To support its application for an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has prepared a draft Conservation Plan (CP) to monitor, minimize, and mitigate entanglements of specific ESA-listed whales and sea turtles (“Covered Species") in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear off the coast of California. In addition, CDFW is proposing to revise Title 14 of the California Code of Regulation, Section 132.8, the Risk Assessment Management Program (RAMP) for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery to protect Covered Species. The revisions include a risk assessment schedule, revisions to triggers for management action, updates to categories of management considerations, and general updates for the process for notification of management actions, mandatory data reporting requirements, and a process for alternative gear authorization. Finally, CDFW is requesting a renewable ITP with allowable take levels for Covered Species. Covered Species are proposed to include the following ESA-listed species: blue whales, the Central America DPS and Mexico DPS of humpback whales, and Pacific leatherback sea turtles. Although the commercial Dungeness crab fishery occurs almost exclusively north of Point Conception, CDFW jurisdiction over the fishery extends throughout the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the California coast. Therefore, the project area encompasses the entirety of the EEZ from the California/Oregon border in the north to the California/Mexico border in the south.

Contact Information

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

Location

Cities
NA
Counties
Del Norte, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Ventura
Regions
Statewide
Cross Streets
NA
Zip
NA
Total Acres
141,954,505
Parcel #
NA
State Highways
SR 1, I-101, I-5
Railways
Multiple
Airports
Multiple
Schools
Multiple
Waterways
Pacific Ocean
Other Location Info
US Exclusive Economic Zone off California’s coast

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (No development proposed)
Local Actions
NA
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Tribal Cultural Resources

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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