Dungeness Crab Task Force

The Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) is a legislatively-mandated advisory body that reviews and evaluates Dungeness crab fishery management measures and provides recommendations to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Fish and Game Commission (FGC).

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is designated as the body responsible for convening and administering the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4. Senate Bills 1690 (Wiggins, 2008) and 369 (Evans, 2011), and 1310 (McGuire, 2018) have amended this Fish and Game Code section.

The composition of the DCTF, as described in Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4, is comprised of various members, including commercial and recreational fishermen, a member representing commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV) interests, crab processors, as well as non-voting members from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), California Sea Grant and CDFW. The 17 commercial fishermen are elected by their peers from the same respective port complex and production level. The DCTF is directed to review and evaluate Dungeness crab fishery management measures and provide its recommendations to the JCFA, the CDFW, and the FGC.

DCTF MEMBERS AND OPERATING PROCEDURES

 

DCTF COMMERCIAL FISHING ELECTIONS

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and CDFW are carrying out DCTF elections as described in Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4. Commercial fishermen will be elected to the DCTF by their peers to represent their home port complexes and production level. DCTF elections shall be held every three years in each port, on a staggered basis across ports.

2019 DCTF Election Process and Timelines
Elections will be carried out with two separate mailings:

  1. Mailing #1: Nomination Form: All valid California Dungeness crab permitholders should have received already a form in the mail to nominate individuals for the DCTF. The Nomination Form was due on (or needed to be postmarked by) April 10, 2019, to be included in the voting process.
  2. Mailing #2: Ballot: Ballots were compiled from the list of nominees. Permitholders from Crescent City, Trinidad, Fort Bragg, San Francisco, and south of Half Moon Bay will receive a ballot in 2019. All other permitholders will receive a ballot in 2020. Votes tallied from these ballots will determine the members who serve on the DCTF. Ballots for Group 1 port complexes were due to the Ocean Protection Council by Friday, May 31, 2019.

DCTF COMMERCIAL FISHING GROUP 1 ELECTIONS UPDATE: The State noticed an error in the ballots for certain port complexes and production levels included in the Group 1 DCTF elections. This only applies to certain port complexes and production levels as follows: Crescent City upper production level, Fort Bragg upper and lower production levels, San Francisco upper and lower production levels. Corrected ballots were mailed to these port complexes/production level permitholders on June 7, 2019. Ballots are due to OPC on Friday, June 28, 2019. Please see the digital version of the documents below (“Mailing #2 Corrected”) and please contact Paige or Christy with any questions.

Results of the 2019 DCTF elections will be posted on OPC’s website and shared via the DCTF, OPC, and CDFW listservs.

2019 DCTF Elections Documents:

Ballots for Group 1 port complexes are due to the Ocean Protection Council by Friday, June 28, 2019.

How to Return the Ballot and Permit Holder Verification Form:

  1. Option 1: Please email your completed ballot and completed & signed Permit Holder Verification Form to paige.berube@resources.ca.gov no later than June 28, 2019.
  2. Option 2: Please mail your completed ballot and completed & signed Permit Holder Verification Form to the below address, postmarked by no later than June 28, 2019.
    1. Paige Berube
      Ocean Protection Council
      1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
      Sacramento, CA, 95814

Group 1 Ports: DCTF Elections in 2019
If your vessel’s registered home port is in any of the following port complexes, you are eligible to vote in the Group 1 DCTF elections in 2019, 2022, 2025, and 2028:

  • Crescent City (includes all California ports north of Trinidad)
  • Trinidad
  • Fort Bragg (includes all ports in Mendocino County)
  • San Francisco (includes ports from within San Francisco Bay)
  • South of Half Moon Bay (includes all ports from Monterey Bay south)

Group 2 Ports: DCTF Elections in 2020
If your vessel’s registered home port is in any of the following port complexes, you are eligible to vote in the Group 2 DCTF elections in 2020, 2023, and 2026:

  • Eureka (includes Shelter Cove and all ports within Humboldt Bay)
  • Bodega Bay (includes Bolinas and all ports within Tomales Bay)
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Non-resident California Dungeness crab permitholder (includes all out of state vessel port registrations designated as Unknown)

 

DCTF NON-COMMERCIAL FISHING SOLICITATION PROCESS

Section 8276.4 of the Fish and Game Code states that seven members are appointed to the DCTF by the Chair of the Ocean Protection Council following a public solicitation for nominations. These seven members represent sport fishing, crab processing, commercial passenger fishing vessel, nongovernmental organization interests, and are as follows:

  • One voting (1) and one nonvoting (1) member representing sport fishing interests.
  • Two voting (2) members representing crab processing interests.
  • One voting (1) member representing commercial passenger fishing vessel interests.
  • Two nonvoting (2) members representing nongovernmental organization interests.

OPC will be sharing details regarding the public solicitation process and timeline for the seven non-commercial fishing members appointed by the Chair of the Ocean Protection Council on this webpage and via the OPC listserv when available.

The DCTF also includes nonvoting representatives from CDFW and California Sea Grant. Two nonvoting (2) members representing CDFW are appointed by CDFW. One nonvoting (1) representative of University of California Sea Grant is appointed by University of California Sea Grant.

DUNGENESS CRAB FISHERY UPDATES: For links to the latest commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fishery information, please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife crab homepage.

 

DCTF CONTACT

To stay informed about upcoming meetings and other DCTF related activities, sign up for the DCTF email list. Please direct all questions and comments to info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com.

OPC Staff: Paige Berube, 916-651-1264

DCTF MEETINGS

Upcoming DCTF meeting materials, or the most recent DCTF meeting materials, are listed below. All previous DCTF meetings and materials are archived here.

DCTF Meeting #8 – June 5-6, 2018 – Ukiah

 

DCTF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Upcoming DCTF Executive Committee meeting materials, or the most recent DCTF Executive Committee meeting materials, are listed below. All previous Executive Committee meeting materials are archived here.

DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – August 29, 2018

 

DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – April 12, 2018

DCTF REPORTS

Legislatively-Mandated Reports

 

Other Reports

Additional DCTF Informational Materials

PUBLIC COMMENT

 All DCTF meeting are open to the public. Written public comment specific to a DCTF or DCTF Executive Committee meeting are requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance of a meeting. Comments should be sent to info@dungnesscrabtaskforce.com. Please review the DCTF’s guidelines for providing public comment to the Dungeness Crab Task Force. 

Additionally, if DCTF Members and members of the public are interested in submitting requests for agenda items to be considered and discussed at upcoming DCTF and/or DCTF Executive Committee meetings, please review these Guidelines to Submit Requests DCTF & Executive Committee Agenda Items.

Comments and Proposals – Submitted by DCTF Members

  • Click here to read written proposals and comments by DCTF Members

Comments – Public and Agency

  • Click here to read written proposals and comments submitted for the DCTF’s consideration

 

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MLMA Lessons Learned Project

The Marine Life Management Act Lessons Learned (MLMA LL) project is now complete.  The effort was jointly sponsored by the OPC and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG).

This project  evaluated the performance of the MLMA to date and provides recommendations to improve future MLMA efforts. This page is intended to serve as a public resource for the project.

 

MLMA LL Project Team: The project was contracted to a multi-disciplinary team that included: J. Michael Harty [Project Manager], John Kirlin, Susan Iudicello, Michael Healey, DeWitt John, and Ralph Larson. The OPC project manager is Valerie Termini, and Craig Shuman is the project lead for the Commission.

 

Project Components: The project has completed two draft reports:

  • A description of MLMA implementation (Task 1); and
  • An evaluation identifying lessons learned (Task 2) and making recommendations for improving future implementation (Task 3).

Both reports are available in draft form through this web page for public review.  

Public Outreach and Input: The project depends on effective outreach to people knowledgeable about a broad range of MLMA issues. The MLMA LL team will tap into this knowledge in a variety of ways. Interviews with knowledgeable individuals and groups will be one part of their approach, along with review of documents, statutory language, and other resources.  

Project Schedule and Key Project Activities: The project began January 1, 2009 and is scheduled to last approximately one year. The MLMA LL team will be planning their approach, reviewing background information, developing a list of key issues, and identifying key stakeholders during the initial phase. Interviews will begin in early spring and continue during the year based on project needs.

 

Project Documents:

 

Background Documents and Popular Resources:

 

Contact the MLMA LL team: To contact the LLT, please send an email to this address: MLMALL@scc.ca.gov.

 

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