Fishery Bulletin: Ecological Effects Of Bottom Trawling On Fish Habitat Along The Central California Outer Continental Shelf (Lindholm et al.)

ccgpA collaborative research study funded in part by the OPC, conducted by California fishermen, The Nature Conservancy and CSU Monterey Bay found negligible effects to the seafloor in certain types of “soft” sea bottom (primarily mud and sand) on the continental shelf off central California when using small footrope trawl gear. This study adds to a growing body of literature from around the world showing trawling impacts are context dependent—they depend on the type of gear used, the types of habitats trawled and how often trawling occurs. For more information please read the peer reviewed study here. The study does not imply that all soft-bottom habitats should be open to trawling but that, with new research and technology – there are mechanisms to fine-tune fishery regulations to protect vulnerable habitats while also help to sustain local commercial fisheries.

OPC Meeting Schedule for 2015

The OPC has scheduled several regular public meetings in 2015:

CANCELLED Thursday, April 16, 1 – 4 pm
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, CA  95814

Wednesday, July 29, 1 – 4 pm
Natural Resources Building
1416 Ninth Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

Tuesday, September 22, 1 – 4 pm
Natural Resources Building
1416 Ninth Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA  95814

Monday, December 7, 2015, 1 – 4 pm
Natural Resources Building
1416 Ninth Street, Auditorium
Sacramento, CA  95814

Dates, locations and times subject to revision–please see http://www.opc.ca.gov/category/meetings/ for the most current information.

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