California Department of Fish and Wildlife

CDFW Seeks Applicants for the Lobster Advisory Committee

April 10, 2012

CDFW will begin accepting applications for the Lobster Advisory Committee (LAC) on April 11, 2012. All applications must be received by April 30, 2012. Final appointment to the Committee will be made by the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in consultation with CDFW Marine Region staff. Appointments will be announced no later than May 31, 2012.

For more information and an application, or to apply online, go to www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/committee.asp or contact Ms. Rosalyn McFarland at (805) 568-1231.

The purpose of the LAC is to involve appointed representatives of constituent groups with providing advice, feedback, and recommendations to CDFW regarding the issues and actions that need to be taken during the development of a Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan. The LAC will give guidance on FMP objectives and end products, as well as provide ideas for management options that address the key issues put forth by constituents and members of the public.

The LAC will be made up of twelve members and five alternates. These are structured as follows: two marine science members and one alternate (biological and environmental); three recreational members and one alternate (hoop net anglers and divers); three commercial members and one alternate (harvesters and buyers); two non-consumptive recreational members and one alternate (cultural and wildlife); one environmental organization member and one alternate (NGO); and one federal agency member. An alternate member will not be appointed for the federal agency member. Alternates are only required to attend specific LAC meetings if requested to serve as a temporary replacement for a Committee member.

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