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by Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
  • Hayley Carter / California Ocean Science Trust, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
  • Emily Knight / Lenfest Ocean Program

Ocean Science Trust to present review results for Lobster Management Plan

June 04, 2015

Presenting Review Results: Fish and Game Commission Meeting

Over the past 9 months, I have been leading a scientific review of the draft California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) on behalf of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The final report is now available here. I will be presenting the results on June 10, 2015 at the California Fish and Game Commission public meeting in Mammoth, CA. Video and audio from the meeting will also be streamed live on CAL-SPAN.

View the meeting agenda here

Access live meeting video and audio

 

Review Context

The Department of Fish and WIldlife (the Department) developed a draft fishery management plan (FMP) to guide commercial and recreational fisheries for California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) to ensure that fishing levels are sustainable. FMPs serve as the vehicle for the Department to present a coherent package of information and proposed regulatory and management measures to the Fish and Game Commission. The FMP becomes effective upon adoption by the Commission, following their public process for review and revision. Thus, it is important for the scientific underpinnings of the draft FMP to have undergone independent review prior to submission to the Commission.

Ocean Science Trust served as the independent appointing agency, and implemented a scientific review process that sought to promote objectivity, transparency, candor, efficiency, and scientific rigor. Learn more about the review process and review committee here.