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 the 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 stakeholders, including members of the abalone fishing community, Tribes and tribal communities, scientists, resource managers, and others. Over the next six months, the Project Team will provide advice and guidance intended to assist the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Commission as they consider final options for a Recreational Red Abalone FMP for the North Coast.

Project Team Meeting: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The first of these public Project Team meetings occurred on Wednesday, May 22:

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team
Meeting #1: Review and Discuss Management Strategies and Brainstorm on Managed/Restricted Access Fishery Options 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – Santa Rosa
Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building, Room 410
50 D St (at First St.), Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Registration will begin at 8:30am. Light refreshments will be provided; lunch will not be provided and a lunch break will be made available to meeting participants.

*A call-in option will be available in “listen-only” mode. Call-in details:

During this first meeting, participants will be provided with background information on the fishery and FMP process to date and invited to begin discussions to inform the integration of the two management strategies and considering a managed/restricted access fishery, in alignment with the FGC’s recommendations, Marine Life Management Act, and the peer review recommendations. Strategic Earth will facilitate all Project Team meetings, as well as provide administrative support to the Project Team.

While not required, RSVPs are requested to help with planning and can be sent to Strategic Earth Consulting ( by Wednesday, May 15.

May 22, 2019 Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:

Project Team Proposals and Ideas

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 All proposals will be made publicly available.

Red Abalone

Photo: Derek Stein

Additional Resources

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

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