California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

Reducing the Risk of Whale Entanglements in California: Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group

A Working Group has been convened by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with California Ocean Protection Council and National Marine Fisheries Service, to address an increase in large whale entanglements in Dungeness crab fishing gear. Established in September 2015, the Working Group is comprised of commercial and recreational fishermen, environmental organization representatives, members of the disentanglement network, and state and federal agencies. The Working Group’s charge is to:

  • Collaboratively inform and guide the state of California (CDFW, OPC, Fish and Game Commission, and the Legislature) in addressing key information gaps and/or measures to reduce the risks of entanglements in Dungeness crab fishing gear;
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to the California Dungeness crab fishing industry, including the DCTF, about how to avoid/minimize whale entanglements and identify measures or experiments that can be developed or implemented by the fishing community to address the entanglement issue; and
  • Guide whale entanglement reduction efforts by establishing priorities for the Working Group, and help inform other entities seeking to address the issue of whale entanglements in California.

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group member, Calder Deyerle, a commercial fishermen out of Moss Landing, demonstrates best practices for Dungeness crab fishing gear buoy set up with other members from the Working Group. Photo credit: Rachelle Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group Fact Sheet

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group Charter

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Best Practices Guide

2018-19 Recommendations Memo

 

2018-19 Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP)

The Working Group has developed a draft Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) to support the state in working collaboratively with experts (fishermen, researchers, NGOs, etc.) to identify and assess elevated levels of entanglement risk and determine the need for management options to reduce risk of entanglement.

For more information, please visit: the RAMP webpage.

Photo credit: Rachelle Fisher

Updates & Recommendations

Working Group Meeting Summaries  

Working Group Products

Additional Resources

Contact       

For more information about the Working Group’s efforts and the 2017-18 RAMP pilot, including opportunities to provide feedback and share your expertise, contact the Working Group at info@cawhalegroup.com

Ocean Protection Council

Facilitation Team: Strategic Earth Consulting

 

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