Continuing the MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion Series

In December 2016 and February 2017, CDFW hosted two public conference calls to provide stakeholders with a general introduction to the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), and to discuss a draft approach to scaling management efforts and storing fisheries data on a web-based portal. These two public conference calls were the first in a series of discussions that have been planned to help inform and guide key components of the MLMA Master Plan amendment process.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the next discussion in this series, which will take place as an agenda item during the Fish and Game Commission’s upcoming Marine Resources Committee meeting.

Pocket beach near Mussel Rock at low tide  CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has routinely provided updates on the MLMA Master Plan amendment process during Marine Resources Committee meetings. During the meeting on March 23, CDFW will support a 30 minute, focused conversation on stakeholder engagement during agenda item 7(c). CDFW will introduce the topic of stakeholder engagement as outlined in the MLMA objectives, reflect on lessons learned from engagement processes, and seek input and guidance on ideas, approaches, and tools for CDFW to consider as part of an amended MLMA Master Plan and draft framework (PDF). Key findings from Information Gathering Projects that focused on stakeholder engagement will also be discussed.

Reference materials, including an agenda, are now available on the MLMA Master Plan Web page, and new materials may be posted in advance of the meeting. A key themes summary from the meeting will be made available online shortly after March 23.

Stay tuned for additional details about continuing discussions in the series, the next of which is tentatively scheduled for April 2017. For more information about the upcoming meeting or the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process in general, please contact us at or visit the MLMA Master Plan Web page.

post by CDFW Environmental Program Manager Tom Barnes