0/28 Commercial and Recreational Crab Season Delay and Trap Prohibition


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
0/28 Commercial and Recreational Crab Season Delay and Trap Prohibition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Season delay in Fishing Zone 3, 4, 5 and 6 for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery and the crab trap prohibition in the recreational crab fishery statewide, Fishing Zones 1-6.

Contact Information

Ryan Bartling
Agency Name
Department of Fish and Widlife
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisory
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, Southern California
Other Location Info
Ocean waters from Mendocino County Line to US/Mexican border

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 delay the opening of the season of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery and temporarily prohibit the use of recreational crab traps in response to marine life entanglement risk. Lines and buoys of Dungeness crab traps pose a marine life entanglement risk, especially for whales and sea turtles migrating through California waters. The closure will have the overall effect of reducing the entanglement risk by preventing traps from being set in areas of the marine environment where whales and sea turtles are present, and thereby is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 7 and 8 categorical exemptions.


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