January 11, 2024 Commercial Crab Trap Prohibition and Lifting of Recreational Trap Prohibition


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)
Document Title
January 11, 2024 Commercial Crab Trap Prohibition and Lifting of Recreational Trap Prohibition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Commercial fishery 50% trap reduction in Fishing Zones 3-6 and lifting of trap restrictions in Fishing Zones 3 and 4 to support marine life entanglement risk reduction.

Contact Information

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


Other Location Info
Statewide coastal waters

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 restrict the amount of trap gear used in the commercial Dungeness crab fishery 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 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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