Puget Buoy Pilot Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC)
Document Title
Puget Buoy Pilot Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Experimental fishing permit (EFP) to test the use of Puget Buoy pop-up gear in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery to collect information to inform future alternative gear certification under the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group Risk Assessment Mitigation Program.

Contact Information

Melissa Miller-Henson
Agency Name
California Fish and Game Commission
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
Waters of the California coast
Other Location Info
Waters off the coast of California between the California/Oregon border (42° N. latitude) and Pigeon Point (37° 10’ N. latitude)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 6 California Code of Regulations, Title. 14, § 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The purpose of the EFP is to gather information for improving fisheries management or expanding fishing opportunities in the state by allowing researchers and fishers to engage in commercial or recreational marine fishing activities that are otherwise prohibited. The intent of pop-up gear is to reduce the number of vertical lines and avoid potential risk of marine life entanglement in Dungeness crab fishing fear. All activities conducted under the EFP must comply with the terms and conditions placed on the permit for research purposes and the conservation and management of marine resources and the environment. As such, the project is the proper subject of CEQA’s Class 6 categorical exemption.
County Clerks
Del Norte, Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma


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