Ocean Protection Council Workshop and Regular Public Meeting – Thursday, May 23, 2019, Sacramento

Agenda for May 23, 2019 Ocean Protection Council Workshop and Meeting

On May 23, 2019, the Ocean Protection Council held a workshop and panel discussion on relevant science and ongoing management of California’s globally significant marine protected areas network. The workshop was held at the CalEPA Building, 1001 I Street, Room 550 and the Coastal Hearing Room (Second Floor) from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Details on the workshop can be found here. The Ocean Protection Council meeting followed at 1pm in the CalEPA Building’s Coastal Hearing Room; see the agenda.

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Recreational Red Abalone Management Strategies Integration

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) uses partnerships, policy and funding to advance science-based solutions to safeguard marine life, habitats and livelihoods in California. OPC has partnered with Tribes and Tribal communities, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Fish and Game Commission (FGC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and representatives from the recreational red abalone fishing community to support integration of proposed recreational red abalone management strategies.

Following a scientific peer review of two management strategies under consideration for the Recreational Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan (FMP) in 2018, the FGC made the following recommendations at its December 2018 meeting: (1) address peer review recommendations to integrate the two proposed management strategies; (2) develop a de minimis (i.e., managed/restricted access) fishery option; and (3) develop a more comprehensive process and timeline to engage and consult with stakeholders.

To accomplish this, a working meeting is being held to establish a Project Team and initiate its charge. The Project Team is open to all interested members of the public, including Tribes and Tribal communities, members of the abalone fishing community, scientists, resource managers, and others. Over the next six months, the Project Team will provide advice and guidance intended to assist CDFW and FGC as they consider final options for a Recreational Red Abalone FMP for the North Coast. Please see below for details on upcoming Project Team in-person meetings and/or webinars, as well as information from previous Project Team meetings.

Project Team Meeting: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tribes and Tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public are invited to participate in the fourth of a series of Project Team meetings to guide the development of the Recreational Red Abalone Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the North Coast.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm PST
  • Screen sharing: https://www.uberconference.com/strategicearth
  • Dial-in number: 424-228-8722, no pin needed

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team: Meeting #4: Revised Management Strategy & Continued Discussion on De Minimis Fishery

Meeting Goals include:

  • Update the Project Team on work completed since the August 27, 2019 Project Team meeting.
  • Review a revised draft management strategy by the modelers that considers and integrates key discussion points and feedback shared during the August 27 Project Team meeting.
  • Continue to build upon ideas and proposals for the design of a de minimis fishery, using the Administrative Team strawman proposals as a foundation for discussion.

Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:

PowerPoint Presentations for September 19, 2019 Project Team Meeting:

 

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team: Meeting #3: Discussion of Draft Management Strategies: Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:

High-Priority Meeting Support Materials

Background Materials

  • Draft de minimis fishery proposals (here)
  • Key Themes Summary from July 18 Project Team meeting (webinar) (here)
  • Updated, Project Team work plan (here)
  • De minimis fishery ideas and concepts received from the public (listed under “Project Team Proposals” below)

PowerPoint Presentations

August 27, 2019 Project Team Meeting: Key Themes Summary

 

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team: Meeting (Webinar) #2: Update on Work Plan and Discussion of Data Streams and De Minimis Fishery Design Options: July 18, 2019 Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:

July 18, 2019 Project Team Meeting: Key Themes Summary

 

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team Meeting #1: Review and Discuss Management Strategies and Brainstorm on Managed/Restricted Access Fishery Options: May 22, 2019 Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:

May 22, 2019 Project Team Meeting: Key Themes Summary

 

Project Team Meetings + Webinars: Draft Schedule

  • May 22, 2019 (in-person in Santa Rosa)
  • July 18, 2019 (webinar)
  • August 27, 2019 (in-person in Santa Rosa)
  • September 19, 2019 (webinar)
  • October*
  • November 21, 2019

*Please note that the originally scheduled October 23rd meeting is cancelled. The Admin Team will share any scheduling updates as soon as possible after the September 19, 2019 Project Team meeting.

The FGC Marine Resources Committee is planning to meet on November 5, 2019, and the FGC is planning to meet on December 11-12, 2019.

Project Team Proposals 

Proposals and ideas related to the red abalone FMP process for the Project Team’s consideration, including proposals for a de minimis/restricted/managed access fishery, etc. All proposals must be received no later than the July 2019 Project Team meeting to be considered by the Project Team. Please submit proposals to hello@strategicearth.com. All proposals will be made publicly available.

Proposals received from Project Team members and interested members of the public:

Red Abalone

Photo: Derek Stein

Additional Resources

 

OPC & Strategic Earth Grant Agreement: Red Abalone Proposed Management Strategies Integration, Project Team
Support

To support this process, OPC entered into a grant agreement with Strategic Earth to provide neutral facilitation support of the Project Team process to inform integration of the red abalone management strategies. Strategic Earth will develop meeting summaries and other related deliverables per the grant agreement, which will be posted publicly on this OPC red abalone project webpage. Supporting information regarding approval of this grant agreement may be found in the Executive Director’s report (page 4 and page 11) for the May 23, 2019, OPC meeting.

Timeline: May 2019 – March 2020

Grant Amount: Up to $79,081

Grantee: Strategic Earth

Safeguarding Our Underwater Wilderness: A Deep Dive into California’s Marine Protected Areas

Join the Ocean Protection Council in celebrating California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) as we reflect on the establishment of the state’s MPA network, learn about compelling ocean science, and explore innovative ways to support MPA effectiveness into the future.

 

When:
May 23, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where:
California EPA Building
1001 I Street, Room 550
Sacramento, CA 95812

 

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