DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – April 12, 2018

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee held a public conference call on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery, identify priority topics for the DCTF’s discussion in 2018, and continue discussing whale entanglements in the California Dungeness crab fishery.

Dungeness Crab Task Force Meetings – October 16-18, 2017 – Conference Call

The Dungeness Crab Task Force will convene via conference call on October 16-18th. Please note that the meeting will not be held in Ukiah, but instead will be held via conference call due to the recent wildfires impacting California. The Dungeness Crab Task Force meeting goals are: To receive and discuss updates on the status of the California Dungeness crab fishery and the California commercial Dungeness crab trap limit program; To discuss and potentially provide recommendations related to the long-term organizational structure, funding, and operations of an industry-representative body to inform the management and address priorities of the Dungeness crab fishery beyond 2019; To discuss and potentially provide recommendations to update, extend, amend, remove, etc. sunsetting Fish and Game Code sections as they relate to the California Dungeness crab fishery; and To identify recommendations to be forwarded to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Fish and Game Commission via the Dungeness Crab Task Force’s (DCTF) January 15, 2018 report. Please see the agenda for more information.

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call–Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee held a public conference call on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10:00am to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery and to discuss priority topics identified by the Executive Committee, including season openers under delayed conditions, presoak periods, and fair start to develop options for the Dungeness Crab Task Force’s (DCTF) consideration.

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:00am to provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery and to continue discussing the short- and long-term functioning of the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF).

DCTF Executive Committee Conference Call Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00am

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee will hold a public conference call on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:00am to provide updates on the DCTF and EC’s schedules through 2017 and to discuss priority topics identified by the Executive Committee including permit transferability regulations, in-season gear recovery efforts, and whale entanglements.

DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – March 3, 2016

The Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee held a public conference call on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00am to discuss the current delay in the Dungeness crab fishery due to high levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and the long-term functioning of the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) beyond 2017.

Statement Regarding Domoic Acid Levels In Dungeness Crab

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is providing updated information on how it plans to approach the opening of the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery that has been delayed due to persistent high levels of domoic acid.  Informed by extensive feedback from affected stakeholders and the Dungeness Crab Task Force Executive Committee, the Department will work toward either a statewide opener or a partial opener based on traditional management boundaries, whichever can be implemented sooner based on test results.

The Department will continue to work closely with the California Department of Public Health and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to monitor domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab. The Department anticipates opening the commercial fishery seven days after the entire state, or traditional management area, is cleared by the health agencies.

The Department is committed to working closely with the industry to open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.  The Department greatly appreciates the constructive input that has been provided by all affected parties during this unprecedented closure to help inform management actions.

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations.

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