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. 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: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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

Recreational Red Abalone FMP Project Team: Meeting #3: Discussion of Draft Harvest Control Rules & Management Strategies

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 9:00am – 4:00pm PT

Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building, Room 410l 50 D St (at First St.), Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Listen-only option with screen-sharing:

Optional dial-in number (listen-only): 424-228-8722 No PIN needed

During this meeting, the Project Team will review and discuss draft harvest control rules (HCR) (e.g., decision tree or traffic light format) that may be used to identify, prioritize, and guide the use of data streams and indicators to inform management of the recreational red abalone fishery during the de minimis phase. The Project Team will also discuss next steps for proposed management strategies that will later be tested through Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE). Although the de minimis fishery will be discussed in the context of harvest control rules and management strategy review, we do not anticipate in-depth discussions around the explicit management measures currently under consideration for a de minimis fishery, and look forward to revisiting this discussion at future meetings.

Meeting Agenda + Meeting Materials:


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:

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)
  • July 18, 2019 (webinar)
  • August 27, 2019 (tentatively scheduled for in-person in Santa Rosa)
  • September 19, 2019
  • October 23, 2019
  • November 21, 2019

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 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

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