The Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team is composed of 26 esteemed scientists, convened to serve the science and policy needs of California. The next meeting will be Monday, April 18. View the public agenda.
The meeting will be held at the Elihu M Harris Building, Room 1, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, and is open to the public.
The West Coast Ocean Acidification & Hypoxia Science Panel, comprised of 20 leading scientists, was charged with presenting the current state of knowledge and developing scientific consensus about available management options to address ocean acidification and hypoxia on the West Coast. The Executive Summary, accessible at westcoastoah.org, includes key findings, recommendations and actions that cross a range of disciplines and have the potential to be implemented now to address ocean acidification and hypoxia along the West Coast. READ the press release for more info.
The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee held a public conference call on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00am to discuss the current delay in the Dungeness crab fishery due to high levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and the long-term functioning of the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) beyond 2017.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is providing updated information on how it plans to approach the opening of the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery that has been delayed due to persistent high levels of domoic acid. Informed by extensive feedback from affected stakeholders and the Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee, the Department will work toward either a statewide opener or a partial opener based on traditional management boundaries, whichever can be implemented sooner based on test results.
The Department will continue to work closely with the California Department of Public Health and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to monitor domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab. The Department anticipates opening the commercial fishery seven days after the entire state, or traditional management area, is cleared by the health agencies.
The Department is committed to working closely with the industry to open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. The Department greatly appreciates the constructive input that has been provided by all affected parties during this unprecedented closure to help inform management actions.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations.