POSTPONED: Prioritizing State-Managed Fisheries: Informational Update and Discussion Set for July 30

meeting postponedThis post was updated on September 24, 2019

WEBINAR RESCHEDULED: Please see updated information for this webinar.

WEBINAR POSTPONED: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upcoming webinar on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 PM PST (see box, right) has been postponed. We appreciate your understanding regarding this last-minute change. We look forward to sharing details about the new webinar date and time as soon as possible.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites Tribes and tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to join the first of two webinars to learn about the state’s efforts to develop a list of priority fisheries, as directed by the 2018 Master Plan for Fisheries: A Guide for the Implementation of the Marine Life Management Act (2018 Master Plan). The first webinar will take place on July 30, 2019 (see box, right).

Since 2015, CDFW and its partners have worked with Tribes and tribal communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public to revise the 2001 Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan through the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process. To help inform this process, a number of Information Gathering Projects were conducted that focused on topics such as ecological risk assessment, California fisheries and climate change, and socioeconomics.

After the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2018 Master Plan, CDFW began implementing the plan by first constructing a comprehensive approach to prioritizing state-managed fisheries within the framework for MLMA-based management (see page four of the 2018 Master Plan). Prioritization will help CDFW to focus limited resources on the fisheries with the greatest management needs and maximize resource and ecosystem benefits.

CA halibut
California halibut – targeted in both commercial and recreational fisheries in California. CDFW photo by K. Lesyna

During the webinar, CDFW staff will provide an overview of the prioritization process, including the status of moving from the interim priority list (see Appendix C of the 2018 Master Plan) to a draft priority list for finfish and three invertebrate species. This work includes the use of an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) tool that evaluates the potential risk that fishing poses to target species, bycatch species, and habitat. CDFW staff will also share draft climate and socioeconomic criteria that will be used to help refine the draft priority list, and participants will be invited to provide feedback on these criteria.

Links to supporting materials for the webinar are available at the end of this article. Stakeholders are invited to review the materials in advance of the webinar to ensure that discussions are as productive as possible, and that participants enter the conversation with the same foundational knowledge.

Tribes and tribal communities, stakeholders, and members of the public interested in attending may view a live stream of the webinar at a CDFW office. In an effort to increase accessibility to information, facilitate broader engagement, and provide a sense of community, CDFW will be hosting remote participation in this webinar at select CDFW offices across the state (listed below). CDFW invites those interested to view the webinar at one of these office locations and join in this discussion. Please RSVP to Strategic Earth, the neutral facilitators of the webinar, at by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 if you would like to view the webinar from a CDFW office. Additional information specific to the CDFW office you plan to attend will be shared in a follow-up email.

CDFW office locations and contact staff offering webinar viewing:

  • Monterey CDFW Office
    • Address: 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940
    • Large Conference Room
    • Contact: Paul Reilly at
  • Los Alamitos CDFW Office

If you wish to participate but do not want to view the webinar from a CDFW office, sign in at for the first of the free webinars at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. If you have questions about CDFW’s approach to prioritization, or the upcoming webinar series, feel free to contact CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist Debbie Aseltine-Neilson at We look forward to hearing from you!

Webinar supporting materials

post by Debbie Aseltine-Neilson, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist