Rapid Assessments for Selected California Fisheries
As part of implementing the California Sustainable Seafood Initiative (AB 1217 (Monning), which requires California to design and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood program, the OPC tasked the California Ocean Science Trust (OST) to conduct rapid assessments of 11 nominated fisheries (Table 1). The 11 fisheries were selected with input from staff at the OPC, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), and the Fish and Game Commission and were chosen based on management interest, seasonal landings, economic value and likelihood of meeting sustainable seafood certification standards.
The purpose of the rapid assessments is not to determine the sustainability of a fishery, but rather to provide a preliminary look at how much information is available about a fishery and to identify data gaps that could inform management. The MSC framework used in rapid assessments provides a useful tool for this and can possibly help managers identify critical research questions and potential fishery improvement projects. All assessments (with the exception of albacore tuna) went through multiple rounds of review by fishery scientists from DFW and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, as well as other experts close to the fishery. Albacore tuna was not reviewed; this fishery is currently MSC certified and a full assessment is publicly available from 2010.
Table 1: The 11 selected fisheries, gear and regions
|1||Albacore tuna||Pole and line||All|
|2||Albacore tuna||Troll and jig||All|
|3||California halibut||Bottom trawl||Central|
|4||California halibut||Bottom trawl||Southern|
|6||Herring (Pacific roe)||Gill net||SF Bay|
|7||Market squid||Seine (Purse and Drum)||All|
|14||Sardine, Pacific||Purse seine||All|
|17||White seabass||Small mesh drift gillnet||All|
Reports available for download:
Entire Rapid Assessments (10 MB)
Or by each fishery