Through collaborations and partnerships, California is working hard to ensure the future of our state’s fisheries. Building upon core legal mandates – the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) and Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) – innovative science approaches and new efficient management and policy structures are central to sustainable fisheries management.

With a changing climate and pressures on local economies, California is taking a holistic look at the tools and processes that can prepare us for the future.

Rapid Assessments advance the California Sustainable Seafood Initiative and identify data needs for fishery management


New Partnerships, More Effective and Efficient Management

Through new partnerships we are working together to envision an update to management of California fisheries. Working collaboratively allows for identification of efficiencies and innovative solutions tailored to California’s needs and opportunities.

  • A new partnership resolution: The Ocean Protection Council recently passed a resolution dedicating capacity and funding to work collaboratively with the Fish and Game Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife to continue in the spirit of supporting California’s commercial and recreational fisheries. Read the full resolution

  • Working alongside fishermen: Stronger partnerships with fishermen improves and broadens the knowledge available to inform decisions. 


Advancing the Role of Science

California is committed to ensuring that any new initiative or management action is based in sound and rigorous science. We are re-examining the way we engage with the scientific community, and integrating new cutting edge science into policy and management.

  • Ensuring rigorous science with peer review: The Department of Fish and Wildlife requested an independent review of the survey design and methods used to estimate red abalone. Download the final report

  • Exploring new models: The Ocean Science Trust is working with the Ocean Protection Council, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Fish and Game Commission, and Center for Ocean Solutions to explore the potential role of new scientific models and approaches in effectively managing California’s fisheries.

  • Engaging the best science: California is looking to the Ocean Protection Council –Science Advisory Team to harness the science research community to better support and inform fisheries management. Find out more about the OPC-SAT 


MPAs are part of the toolkit

As baseline monitoring gives us a benchmark of California’s ocean health, the MPA network is at the ready to thrust California to the forefront of both new research and the development of innovative management tools for fisheries. California’s significant investment in implementing this tool will be key in managing fisheries in the future.

  • Integrating the MLPA and MLMA: The Department of Fish and Wildlife is exploring with fisheries scientists and resources managers how marine protected areas can advance fisheries management. Read more in a recent DFW report 

 'Building Trust and Collecting Data in California’s Marine Protected Areas'