October 27, 2017 California Fishery Updates including salmon crab and disaster declarations

California Fishery Updates, Whale Protection Efforts and 2018 Legislative Recommendations


Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture

October 27, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Humboldt County Supervisors Chambers

825 5th Street

Eureka, California 


Press Releases and Articles:

2017-10-26 Senator McGuire to hold Fisheries Hearing Friday in Eureka

Concerns about crab quality could delay season

Toxin again an issue as Dungeness crab season nears

‘Time is of the essence’: Fisheries face uncertainty

Senator Mike McGuire visits Eureka regarding fisheries disaster, Whale Protection Bill

State legislators to meet in Eureka to discuss future of crab, salmon fisheries

North Coast Senator speaks to progress on Whale Protection Bill



Archived video (scroll to 10/27/2017  “Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture” hearing)

Live feed - see Today's Events 10/27/2017 (on right)



Hearing agenda 



Hearing background summary 


Presenter biographies:

Jacque Hostler-Carmesin

Dr. Craig Shuman

Dr. David Mazzera

Kelly Sayce

Tom Dempsey

Noah Oppenheim

Tom Trumper

Rick Mayer

Paige Berube

Gerry Hemmingsen

Mike Cunningham

Mitch Farro

Rob Ross

Ken Bates


Additional information:

Fish and Game Commission Coastal Fishing Community Meetings 

Dungeness Crab Domoic Acid Test Results July 1 - Oct 23 2017 

Spiny Lobster Domoic Acid Test Results July 1 - Oct 23 2017

Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery Closed at Anacapa Island and the East End of Santa Cruz Island Due to Public Health Hazard

OEHHA Recommendation to Close the Commercial Lobster Fishery near Sanata Cruz and Anacapa Islands

2017 CDFW Inseason Salmon Report Transmittal Letter to Sen McGuire

2017 CDFW Inseason Report on California’s Ocean Salmon Fisheries

Marine Life Management Act Master Plan

Notice of proposed regulation changes concerning recreational take of abalone 

Abalone Recovery Management Plan

2017 whale entanglement numbers

California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group (Whale Working Group)

      - Charter

      - Fact Sheet

      - Best Management Practices Guide

      - Importance of ocean-climate conditions on forage species and top-predator distribution patterns off northern-central California

      - High mortality of blue, humpback and fin whales from modeling of vessel collisions on the U.S. West Coast suggests population impacts and insufficient protection

      - Can Song-Loving Robots Help Save Whales From Ships?

Draft Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP)

Dungeness Crab Task Force

Dungeness Crab Task Force Charter

       - Legislative reports: 2017 Report2016 Report2015 Report2012 Report

California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout (CAC)

CAC letter to the Joint Committee re: CDFW Fishery Restoration Grants Program Peer Review Committee concerns

Additional crab related press releases, information and articles with links as of 2-19-2018 (please check for updates)

Latest CDPH domoic acid testing results for Dungeness and rock crab - Dec. 21, 2017

Fishery disaster information

SEEKING HELP: Senators ask for funding to help fishing industry         

West Coast, Alaska senators urge disaster aid for multiple fisheries

Crab disaster declaration requests:

2016-1-25 Senator McGuire to Governor Brown

2016-2-9 Governor Brown request to Commerce Secretary Pritzker

2017-1-18 Commerce Secretary Pritzker crab determination 

Salmon disaster declaration requests:

2017-5-2 Senator McGuire and Assemblyman Wood to Governor Brown

2017-5-3 Congressional request to Governor Brown

2017-5-25 Governor Brown (CA) and Governor Brown (OR) request to Commerce Secretary Ross

2017-6-29 Congressional request to Secretary Ross

Sardine and sea urchin disaster declaration requests:

2017-7-11 Senator McGuire and Assemblyman Wood to Governor Brown

2017-9-5 Lieutenant Governor Newsom to Secretary Ross (sardine)

2017-9-5 Lieutenant Governor Newsom to Secretary Ross (sea urchin)

Sardine Information

California Red Sea Urchin Landings (pounds) by Area 2015-2017 (Jan-Aug)*

NOAA Fisheries - Fishery Disaster information:

Fishery Disaster Assistance

Fishery Disaster FAQs

Fishery Disaster Determinations

Related legislation

SB 1287 McGuire (2016) Whale Protection and Crab Gear Retrieval Act

SB 161 McGuire (2017) Fish and Game Commission: tribal committee 

SJR 7 McGuire (2017) Relative to salmon fishery restoration

Recent Reports Submitted to the Legislature:

Committee Address