The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host public meetings in April and May 2017 to provide information on CDFW’s role in the placement and management of artificial reefs in California, including laws and regulations; historical background; what the public should expect, and what CDFW needs to move forward with the potential placement of new artificial reefs in state waters. This meeting will be focused on the need for a baseline assessment of existing artificial reefs in California to inform a statewide scientifically based artificial reef plan. Additionally, the meetings will provide an opportunity for CDFW to gain a better understanding of interested stakeholders’ concerns and comments related to artificial reefs. For further information, please contact CDFW Environmental Program Manager Becky Ota at (650) 631-6789 or Becky.Ota@wildlife.ca.gov.
post by CDFW Senior Marine Environmental Scientist Brian Owens