The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group is seeking nominations for representatives to serve on the Working Group, beginning March 2022. Nominees would represent the commercial fishing sector for the San Francisco Bay area (Fishing Zone 3) and Fort Bragg area (Fishing Zone 2). Nominations are also requested to represent the commercial passenger fishing vessel sector, statewide.
All members will be asked to provide recommendations to inform entanglement risk assessment discussions and to support other work focused on developing strategies to reduce risk of entanglements in California Dungeness crab fishing gear (see the full announcement for more information). The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2022. If you have questions or need more information please contact CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Ryan Bartling at Ryan.Bartling@wildlife.ca.gov.
For more information on the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group please visit the CDFW Whale Safe Fisheries web page. For more information on Dungeness crab, please visit the CDFW Crabs web page.
post by Ryan Bartling, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist