California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan

At its October 10, 2019 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP). The Herring FMP establishes a cohesive strategy to guide the sustainable management of California’s commercial and recreational Pacific Herring fisheries, as required by the Marine Life Management Act.

Herring fishing vessels on San Francisco Bay
Herring fishing vessels on San Francisco Bay
CDFW photo

The Herring FMP is the culmination of over four years of work and represents the recommendations from the Herring FMP Steering Committee, a group of stakeholders consisting of commercial Pacific Herring fishing fleet leaders, representatives from non-governmental conservation organizations and California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. The Herring FMP has undergone independent, external peer review and has benefited from input from the Commission, Marine Resources Committee, California Native American Tribes, and stakeholders.


post by Thomas Greiner, CDFW Environmental Scientist