Note: The Dungeness Crab Task Force ceased to exist on January 1, 2011, consistent with the provisions of SB1690. … read more
The Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) is a legislatively-mandated advisory body that reviews and evaluates Dungeness crab fishery management measures and provides recommendations to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the Fish and Game Commission (FGC).
The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is designated as the body responsible for convening and administering the California Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4. Senate Bills 1690 (Wiggins, 2008) and 369 (Evans, 2011), and 1310 (McGuire, 2018) have amended this Fish and Game Code section.
The composition of the DCTF, as described in Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4, is comprised of various members, including commercial and recreational fishermen, a member representing commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV) interests, crab processors, as well as non-voting members from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), California Sea Grant and CDFW. The 17 commercial fishermen are elected by their peers from the same respective port complex and production level. The DCTF is directed to review and evaluate Dungeness crab fishery management measures and provide its recommendations to the JCFA, the CDFW, and the FGC.
DUNGENESS CRAB FISHERY UPDATES: For links to the latest commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fishery information, please visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife crab homepage.
- CDFW December 10, 2019 Announcement: “Dungeness Crab Fishery Updates: Pending Commercial Opening in Central Fishery, Health Advisory Update to Recreational Fishery, and Additional Northern Commercial Quality Delay”
- DCTF Admin Team Port Tour Details: Updates and Discussion of Dungeness Crab Fishery Topics of Interest in 2018 – UPDATED 10/8/18
DCTF MEMBERS AND OPERATING PROCEDURES – updated October 2019
DCTF COMMERCIAL FISHING ELECTIONS
The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) carry out DCTF commercial fishing elections as described in Fish and Game Code Section 8276.4. Commercial fishermen are elected to the DCTF by their peers to represent their home port complexes and production level. DCTF elections shall be held every three years in each port, on a staggered basis across ports.
The results of the 2019 DCTF Commercial Fishing Elections are available in the Current DCTF Member List. The 2020 DCTF Commercial Fishing Elections will follow a similar process as described below.
DCTF Election Process and Timelines
Elections will be carried out with two separate mailings:
- Mailing #1: Nomination Form: All valid California Dungeness crab permitholders receive a form in the mail to nominate individuals for the DCTF.
- Mailing #2: Ballot: Ballots are compiled from the list of nominees. Permitholders from Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay, Eureka, and non-resident California Dungeness crab permitholders will receive a ballot in 2020. Votes tallied from these ballots will determine the members who serve on the DCTF representing these port complexes.
Group 2 Ports: DCTF Elections in 2020
If your vessel’s registered home port is in any of the following port complexes, you are eligible to vote in the Group 2 DCTF elections in 2020, 2023, and 2026:
- Eureka (includes Shelter Cove and all ports within Humboldt Bay)
- Bodega Bay (includes Bolinas and all ports within Tomales Bay)
- Half Moon Bay
- Non-resident California Dungeness crab permitholder (includes all out of state vessel port registrations designated as Unknown)
2020 DCTF Election Documents:
- Mailing #1:
Nomination Forms were due by Friday, March 6, 2020.
Ballots were due via email or postmarked by May 15, 2020. Ballots have been tallied and elected members have been notified and contacted to confirm willingness to serve. Results for the 2020 elections will be announced in July 2020.
Group 1 Ports: Next DCTF Elections in 2022
If your vessel’s registered home port is in any of the following port complexes, you are eligible to vote in the Group 1 DCTF elections in 2022, 2025, and 2028:
- Crescent City (includes all California ports north of Trinidad)
- Fort Bragg (includes all ports in Mendocino County)
- San Francisco (includes ports from within San Francisco Bay)
- South of Half Moon Bay (includes all ports from Monterey Bay south)
DCTF NON-COMMERCIAL FISHING SEATS
Section 8276.4 of the Fish and Game Code states that seven members are appointed to the DCTF by the Chair of the Ocean Protection Council following a public solicitation for nominations. These seven members represent sport fishing, crab processing, commercial passenger fishing vessel, nongovernmental organization interests, and are as follows:
- One voting (1) and one nonvoting (1) member representing sport fishing interests.
- Two voting (2) members representing crab processing interests.
- One voting (1) member representing commercial passenger fishing vessel interests.
- Two nonvoting (2) members representing nongovernmental organization interests.
Those appointed to represent non-commercial fishing seats following the 2019 public solicitation process are included in the Current DCTF Member List.
The DCTF also includes nonvoting representatives from CDFW and California Sea Grant. Two nonvoting (2) members representing CDFW are appointed by CDFW. One nonvoting (1) representative of University of California Sea Grant is appointed by University of California Sea Grant.
OPC Staff: Paige Berube, 916-651-1264
Upcoming DCTF meeting materials, or the most recent DCTF meeting materials, are listed below. All previous DCTF meetings and materials are archived here.
DCTF Meeting #10 – June 17, 2020 – Conference Call
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (addition of Section 132.8, Title 14, CCR)
- Senate Bill 1309
- Lost or Abandoned Commercial Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Permit (PDF Form)
- CDFW Presentation: Overview of RAMP Regulations
DCTF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Upcoming DCTF Executive Committee meeting materials, or the most recent DCTF Executive Committee meeting materials, are listed below. All previous Executive Committee meeting materials are archived here.
- April 14, 2020 DCTF Executive Committee Summary
- CDFW Dungeness Crab Trap Limit Account: Worksheet of Projected Balances Resulting from Adjustments to Buoy Tag Fees
- Options/Considerations for Exploring a Commercial Dungeness Crab Permit Draft Buyout Program Worksheet for Executive Committee Review/Use to Share with DCTF
- Pacific Groundfish Buyback Program: History, Status, and Solution
- Senate Bill 1128
- California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group
- 2019-2021 Work Plan Implementation for DCTF Review/Use
- Meeting Summary
- 2018-19 DCTF Work Plan
- Senate Bill 1309
- Senate Bill 1310
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Dungeness Crab Trap Surface Gear Limitations and Gear Removal Time
- CA Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group
- Meeting Summary
- Report #8- October 2019 recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force as directed by Fish and Game Code 8276.4 – Report submitted to the California Legislature, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Fish and Game Commission on December 10, 2019
- Report #7- October 2017 recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force as requested in SB 369 (Fish and Game Code 8276.4) – Report submitted to the California Legislature, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Fish and Game Commission on December 20, 2017
- Report #6- Final recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force as requested in SB 369 (Fish and Game Code 8276.4) – Report submitted to the California Legislature, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Fish and Game Commission on January 13, 2017
- Report #5- Interim recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force – Report submitted to the California Legislature, the Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission on January 15, 2016
- Report #4 – Initial recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force as requested in SB 369 (Fish and Game Code 8276.4) – Report submitted to the California Legislature, the Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission on January 15, 2015
- Report #3 – Recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force regarding regulations for the tiered trap limit program in accordance with SB369– Report submitted to the California Department of Fish and Game on April 27, 2012
- Report #2 – Recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force regarding management of the fishery in accordance with SB1690– Report submitted to the California legislature, the Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission on March 31, 2010
- Report #1 – Recommendations from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force regarding management of the fishery in accordance with SB1690– Report submitted to the California legislature, the Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Game Commission on January 15, 2010
- DCTF’s public comment response to CDFW’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Risk Assessment Mitigation Program (RAMP): Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery, submitted June 29, 2020
- DCTF Memorandum: Response to Tri-State Committee Request – Memo submitted to the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee on May 9, 2014 in response to a request for the DCTF’s recommendations.
- DCTF Memorandum: Response to Recreational Fishing Proposal – Memo submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission on May 9, 2014 in response to a proposal forwarded to the DCTF regarding modifications to the recreational fishery.
- DCTF Record of the Proceedings– Released November 2010- This document contains a comprehensive record of the work of the DCTF and is intended to guide future efforts in the Dungeness crab industry
All DCTF meeting are open to the public. Written public comment specific to a DCTF or DCTF Executive Committee meeting are requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance of a meeting. Comments should be sent to email@example.com. Please review the DCTF’s guidelines for providing public comment to the Dungeness Crab Task Force.
Additionally, if DCTF Members and members of the public are interested in submitting requests for agenda items to be considered and discussed at upcoming DCTF and/or DCTF Executive Committee meetings, please review these Guidelines to Submit Requests DCTF & Executive Committee Agenda Items.
Comments and Proposals – Submitted by DCTF Members
- Click here to read written proposals and comments by DCTF Members
Comments – Public and Agency
- Click here to read written proposals and comments submitted for the DCTF’s consideration
- Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group webpage and RAMP webpage
- CDFW Whale Safe Fisheries webpage
The Marine Life Management Act Lessons Learned (MLMA LL) project is now complete. The effort was jointly sponsored by the OPC and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) in cooperation with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG).
This project evaluated the performance of the MLMA to date and provides recommendations to improve future MLMA efforts. This page is intended to serve as a public resource for the project.
MLMA LL Project Team: The project was contracted to a multi-disciplinary team that included: J. Michael Harty [Project Manager], John Kirlin, Susan Iudicello, Michael Healey, DeWitt John, and Ralph Larson. The OPC project manager is Valerie Termini, and Craig Shuman is the project lead for the Commission.
Project Components: The project has completed two draft reports:
- A description of MLMA implementation (Task 1); and
- An evaluation identifying lessons learned (Task 2) and making recommendations for improving future implementation (Task 3).
Both reports are available in draft form through this web page for public review.
Public Outreach and Input: The project depends on effective outreach to people knowledgeable about a broad range of MLMA issues. The MLMA LL team will tap into this knowledge in a variety of ways. Interviews with knowledgeable individuals and groups will be one part of their approach, along with review of documents, statutory language, and other resources.
Project Schedule and Key Project Activities: The project began January 1, 2009 and is scheduled to last approximately one year. The MLMA LL team will be planning their approach, reviewing background information, developing a list of key issues, and identifying key stakeholders during the initial phase. Interviews will begin in early spring and continue during the year based on project needs.
- MRC meeting (Santa Barbara) April 2, 2009 – this meeting was an opportunity for public input to the LLT on key issues for the project.
- MRC meeting (Monterey) July 21-22, 2009 – this meeting was an oppportunity for public input on the draft MLMA LL Task 1 report: MLMA implementation.
- Draft MLMA LL Task 1 report: MLMA implementation
- Draft MLMA LL Task 2 and Task 3 report: Lessons Learned from California’s MLMA – This is the MLMA evaluation identifying lessons learned and recommendations for improving future implementation. Deadline for comments was January 31, 2010.
- Final report: Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act
Background Documents and Popular Resources:
- OPC Staff Recommendation – September 10, 2008
Contact the MLMA LL team: To contact the LLT, please send an email to this address: MLMALL@scc.ca.gov.
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