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Invertebrate Management Project
Note: Links with an asterisk (*) lead to pages outside the CDFW Marine Region website.
- Invertebrates of Interest
- Regulations and Management
- Work Products
- Abalone Work Products
- California Spiny Lobster Work Products
- San Miguel Island Abalone Fishery
- Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan (in progress)
- Status Report - N. Cal. Red Abalone Fishery
- Spiny Lobster Stock Assessment
- Bivalve Work Products
- Sea Urchin Work Products
- Crab Work Products
- Miscellaneous Invertebrate Work Products
- Labs and Research Centers
Fishery Management Plans
One of the project's major responsibilities is implementation of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan. The plan was authorized in 2005 and designed to recover several depleted abalone species in southern California (including red, green, pink and white abalone), and to continue to sustainably manage the healthy red abalone populations in northern California. In 2007, the project was also able to staff a team to begin assessing California spiny lobster populations. Implementation of a lobster fishery report card in 2008 has made recreational catch and effort information available to compliment the commercial logbook and market receipt databases in this important fishery.
In addition to monitoring high profile fisheries like abalone and spiny lobster, the project also focuses on collecting essential fisheries information on subtidal snails such as Lithopoma and Kelletia, bivalves including clams and mussels, red sea urchin, keyhole limpets, intertidal invertebrates (Tegula and Lottia) and sea cucumbers. While the Dungeness crab fishery is managed by the state legislature it nevertheless requires considerable staff involvement.
The Marine Invertebrate Fisheries and Conservation Laboratory, located at the University of California's Bodega Marine Laboratory in Sonoma County, also studies various marine invertebrate populations and communities to address fishery management and marine conservation concerns.