California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Notice of Intent to Adopt Negative Declaration for Dungeness Crab Trap Limit Program

A draft Initial Study to Adopt a Negative Declaration and Proposed Regulations has been prepared by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for the Implementation of the Dungeness Crab Trap Limit. The study analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the program pursuant to, and in compliance with, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

As lead agency under CEQA, CDFW is proposing to adopt a negative declaration. The 30-day public comment period on the Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration has now ended as of September 10, 2012.

The proposed project under review in the Initial Study of the Negative Declaration is the package of regulations CDFW is proposing to adopt prior to the 2013-14 commercial Dungeness crab season, in order to implement the trap limit program as required by statute. The commercial fishery extends generally in state and federal ocean waters out to a depth of 70 fathoms, outside of bays and estuaries, from the California/Oregon border to Point Conception. This is the area where the program is intended to take effect.

CDFW has determined that implementation of these draft rules will have no significant adverse environmental or biological impacts. This analysis was conducted pursuant to, and in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); therefore, as the lead agency under CEQA, CDFW is proposing to adopt a negative declaration.

The Notice of Intent and Draft Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration documents may be downloaded below and are available at the following Marine CDFW Field offices:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
32330 North Harbor Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-9080

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
5355 Skylane Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 576-2887

For further information, please contact Christy Juhasz at (707) 576-2887, or by email at christy.juhasz@wildlife.ca.gov. You may also contact Pete Kalvass at (707) 964-9080, or by email at peter.kalvass@wildlife.ca.gov.

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