DCTF Executive Committee Meeting – May 25, 2023

DCTF_logoDCTF Executive Committee Conference Call

May 25, 1:00pm-3:00pm 

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Call-in option: (669) 900-6833  | Meeting ID: 880 8372 6175

Meeting Agenda

Goal of the Executive Committee (EC) Conference Call: To provide updates on topics directly impacting the Dungeness crab fishery, and discuss and prioritize topics for consideration by the full DCTF membership.

  1. Welcome, introductions, agenda overview. 
  2. Administrative item: Discuss changes in Executive Committee participation.
  3. Public comment on non-agenda items. 
  4. Updates involving the Dungeness crab fishery, including, but not limited to 2023 DCTF Election status, follow-up on October 2022 DCTF recommendations, Experimental Fishing Permits (EFPs), sport fishing changes, new CDFW positions, etc. 
  5. Receive updates on the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP) and continue discussions about addressing whale entanglements and risk. Discussion may include but will not be limited to line marking, electronic monitoring, alternative gear, long lining gear, etc. 
  6. Follow-up discussion from the October 2022 DCTF meeting about using a sort box and whether or not current regulations are flexible enough to accommodate current fishing practices legally. 
  7. Confirm priority topics for 2023 DCTF and Executive Committee meetings including, but not limited to California’s preseason quality testing protocols, regulating the whales best practices guide, reintroduction of sea otters, transiting closed areas with crab onboard, vessel length measurements, and buyback.
  8. Adjourn

Agenda items may be taken out of order at the discretion of the DCTF Administrative Team (Admin Team).

* *Public Participation and Comment: All members of the public, including non-EC DCTF members, will be automatically placed on mute upon entering the call. Phone lines will be opened during public comment periods. When the Admin Team opens the call to public comment, you may press *6 to unmute yourself if you wish to provide comments. 

Meeting materials will be posted to the DCTF website as they are available. A meeting summary will be made available via the DCTF website.  

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to info@dungenesscrabtaskforce.com or 805-845-9852. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this DCTF meeting should contact Rachelle Fisher (rachelle@strategicearth.com or 805-845-9852) no later than five days prior to the meeting. 

For more information about the DCTF please visit the DCTF website at http://www.opc.ca.gov/2009/04/dungeness-crab-task-force/

OPC Seeks Nominations for Dungeness Crab Task Force

The Ocean Protection Council is seeking nominations for the following non-commercial fishing representatives on the Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF):

—  Two voting (2) members representing crab processing interests
—  One nonvoting (1) member representing nongovernmental organization interests

If you are interested in representing crab processing or nongovernmental organization interests on the DCTF, please complete this brief two-page nomination form by June 1, 2021 at 5pm and email your completed form to Noah Ben-Aderet, Noah.Ben-Aderet@resources.ca.gov.


After OPC staff have reviewed nominees, they will recommend representatives for appointment to the Chair of the Ocean Protection Council, Secretary of Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot. Recommendations will be based on experience and knowledge of the Dungeness crab fishery, experience with the DCTF, geographical balance, willingness and ability to effectively and respectfully collaborate among diverse perspectives, willingness and ability to represent others within their representative seat, and ability to consistently participate in DCTF meetings. OPC staff may contact nominees for brief interviews if needed. CDFW Law Enforcement Division will also contact nominees and determine if they are in good standing to represent the DCTF. Representatives are anticipated to be notified as soon as possible after June 1 and in advance of the next DCTF meeting planned for mid-October.

OPC will be sharing details regarding the public solicitation process for the non-commercial fishing members on the DCTF webpage and via the OPC listserv, as well as the DCTF listserv.