California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan

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At its April 13, 2016 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) adopted a California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) that puts into place a cohesive management strategy to guide the future sustainable management of California’s recreational and commercial lobster fisheries, as required by the Marine Life Management Act.

The FGC’s adoption of the FMP is the culmination of four years of a collaborative development process that began in the spring of 2012 between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Ocean Protection Council, Lobster Advisory Committee, peer review panels, technical consultants, and other interested members of the public.

During the adoption meeting CDFW Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman said, “This is the first fishery management plan that the Department has brought to the Commission in about 13 years… and it is a tremendous milestone for all of us.”  To date, the FGC has adopted three other FMPs: White Seabass FMP in 1996 with an update in 2002, Nearshore FMP in 2003, and Market Squid FMP in 2005. Two more are currently under development, the Red Abalone FMP and Pacific Herring FMP.

The California Spiny Lobster FMP and supporting documents are now available on the CDFW website and on the FGC website.  For more information about the California Spiny Lobster FMP and FMP planning process, please visit the California Spiny Lobster FMP website.

post by Travis Buck, CDFW Environmental Scientist