The California State Legislature has directed state agencies to use innovative approaches to managing California‘s fishery resources and marine ecosystems (e.g., the Marine Life Management Act of 1998 (MLMA) and the Marine Life Protection Act of 1999 (MLPA)). Over the next five years, the OPC will build on the foundation laid by the MLMA and the MLPA, and partner with the regulatory bodies charged with implementing these statutes and others to help advance ocean ecosystem management in the state. The OPC’s goal is to promote healthy marine ecosystems and sustainable marine fisheries in order to protect California’s living coastal and ocean resources, and the communities and economic activities that rely upon them.
Emerging fisheries management tools and stronger partnerships among fisheries stakeholder groups will improve marine resource agencies’ ability to understand and efficiently and effectively manage California’s fisheries. The OPC supports science-based approaches to inform fisheries management, and works with partners to advance improved governance of California fisheries. The OPC will use lessons learned from earlier initiatives to inform new and innovative approaches to fisheries management.
- California Sustainable Seafood Initiative
- Resolution Supporting Innovative Fisheries Management (adopted November 2006)
- California Whale Entanglements
- California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan
- San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Market
- Central Coast Groundfish Project
- Dungeness Crab Task Force
- Instream Flow Analysis – Santa Maria River
- Instream Flow Analysis – Big Sur River
- Instream flow Analysis – Shasta River
- Collaborative Fisheries Research
- MLMA Lessons Learned Project
- Salmon and Steelhead
- CEMAR – Southern Steelhead Resources Project
- Moss Landing Fisheries Market Project
- California Fisheries Fund
- San Diego Sea Urchin Fishery Project
- San Luis Obispo Sustainable Fisheries Support
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