Commercial Trap Reduction and Fleet Advisory


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
Commercial Trap Reduction and Fleet Advisory
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Commercial fishery 50% trap reduction and Fleet Advisory and Crab trap prohibition in Fishing Zones 3-6 to reduce risk of marine life entanglement.

Contact Information

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


Statewide Coastal Waters
Northern California
Other Location Info
Statewide Coastal Waters between Sonoma/Mendocino County lines to Us/Mexico Border

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sectiopn 15307 (Class 7) and Section 15308 (Class 8)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project will restrict the amount of trap gear used in 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 reduction/restriction 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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