CDFW Plans Assessment of Marine Life Entanglement Risk for Dungeness Crab

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced plans for an assessment of marine life entanglement risk for commercial Dungeness crab on or around Friday, May 17, using the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP).

CDFW officials said May 13 that regulations adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission provide their director with authority to also apply management actions to the recreational crab fishery to minimize entanglement rick informed by RAMP.

The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group is scheduled to meet May 16 to review available data and CDFWs preliminary assessment. The director is then to consider all data made available to CDFW prior to determining the appropriate management action to minimize entanglement risk.

CDFW said all materials are to be posted on the Whale Safe Fisheries webpage as they become available, and that also said that additional updates are to be made available once the director has made a determination through this listserv.