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San Miguel Island Red Abalone Fishery Consideration Process
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- The Abalone Advisory Group Report on Management Options for Establishing a Potential Red Abalone Fishery at San Miguel Island (January 29, 2010)
- Appendix A: Fishery Management Options (A-D) - Large file size: 2.6 MB
- Appendix B: CDFW San Miguel Island Red Abalone Surveys (2006, 2007, 2008) - Large file size: 2.8 MB
- Appendix C: Meeting Minutes and Key Outcomes Memos (September 2006 – September 2009) - Large file size: 6.8 MB
- Appendix D: "Terms of Reference for Technical Panel and Review Committee to Support Development of a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Red Abalone at San Miguel Island"
- Appendix E: Technical Panel and Review Committee Members
- Appendix F: Modeler's Final Report "Improving the Stock Assessment of California Red Abalone Haliotis rufescens at San Miguel Island" - Large file size: 15.4 MB
- Appendix G: Review Committee's Final Report "Evaluation of the Red Abalone Stock Assessment By the Review Committee In Support of Deliberations of the Abalone Advisory Group", La Jolla, California 17- 18 February 200
- Appendix H: Technical Panel's Final Report "Developing a Total Allowable Catch framework for Red Abalone at San Miguel Island"
- Appendix I: Modeler's Updates (February – November 2008) - Large file size: 1.0 MB
- Appendix J: Technical Panel Key Outcomes Memos - Large file size: 5.4 MB
- Appendix K: Scope of Work for Additional Modeling Effort
Collaborative Resource Surveys
The initial step in the fishery consideration process was to try to determine the current status of the red abalone population at San Miguel Island. CDFW worked collaboratively with various constituent groups including, the California Abalone Association, UC Santa Barbara, Reef Check, the Channel Islands National Park, and the Channel Islands National Sanctuary to develop survey protocols and conduct a snap shot survey of the island. Surveys were conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008 to gather size frequency, and population abundance (# of abalone per square meter) information to be used in the fishery consideration process.
Abalone Advisory Group
CDFW empanelled a ten member stakeholder group consisting of representatives from: Commercial fishing; Recreational diving (consumptive); Fisheries science; Government agencies; and Marine conservation/non-consumptive use. Nominations for stakeholder representatives were solicited and the Commission appointed individuals to the Abalone Advisory Group (AAG).
Early in the process a set of charges and a mission statement were developed to help guide the AAG's work and role. The elements of the AAG's charge are to provide recommendations to CDFW regarding: 1) a "total allowable catch" (TAC), 2) alternatives for allocation between recreational and commercial take, 3) alternative regulations, and 4) potential management, enforcement, and monitoring techniques. The mission of the group is, "to recommend a limited range of fully developed alternatives for managing a potential red abalone fishery at San Miguel Island to the California Department of Fish and Game. CDFW will use these management alternatives in recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission when a red abalone fishery at San Miguel Island is considered."
To ensure neutrality and transparency in the process, CDFW employed a team of external facilitators from CONCUR Inc. and RESOLVE. The facilitation team, lead by CONCUR Inc., designed a novel collaborative process to develop a range of management options for a potential red abalone fishery.
The AAG process included a sub-process to develop a scientifically based TAC to fulfill the AAG's first charge. The AAG worked collaboratively with CDFW, and the facilitation team, to design a TAC process with a Technical Panel performing the TAC development work and a Review Committee peer reviewing the work. A Terms of Reference was produced to help guide the scientific roles of the Technical Panel and Review Committee in the effort.
The Abalone Advisory Group Report
Presentation of the report at the MRC meeting included Department staff, CONCUR, and proponents of the four proposed management options. In considering these options, AAG members and interested members of the public discussed concerns regarding the health and abundance of the abalone population on San Miguel Island, considerations of the abalone population's ability to sustain a harvest, and the opportunity to launch an innovative approach to fishery management.
At the meeting, the MRC thanked the AAG for their hard work to date. The MRC recommended that additional modeling to explore the San Miguel Island abalone stock projections over a longer time frame be completed and that Department staff provide cost estimates and a more refined analysis of implementation of each management option to the MRC. The MRC also recommended a recess of the AAG until the supplemental modeling and cost estimates have been completed. The MRC recommendations were presented to the full Commission at the March 3, 2010 meeting at which the Commission agreed and approved the recommendations of the MRC.
For more information on the AAG process and report contact Ian Taniguchi at (562) 342-7182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.