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California spiny lobster and sea urchin.
CDFW photo by Derek Stein
California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan
Q. What is a "fishery management plan"?
A. It is a planning document that contains all the necessary information to make informed decisions to sustainably manage a species while allowing harvest opportunities. Under the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), fishery management plans will evaluate and consider:
- Biological information about the marine resources under consideration
- Habitat needs and issues
- Economic and social factors related to the fishery
- An account of fishing activity
- Conservation and management measures already in place
- The ecological role of the resource
- The environmental effects that may have to be considered
- Fishery research protocols
- The most appropriate management tools for a sustainable fishery
- Procedures for amending the FMP to allow for possible adaptation in the future
Q. What is the "Master Plan"?
A. The Master Plan is literally a "road map" of how California fisheries will be managed. Specifically, the Master Plan includes:
- A prioritized list of fisheries in need of fishery management plans
- A process for involving the public in developing fishery management and research plans
- A description of the essential fishery information that will be needed to effectively manage the top priority fisheries
- A process for amending or revising the various plans.
The Master Plan is a first step in making clear and explicit, the complex process of fisheries management. View the Master Plan.
Q. What is the format of a fishery management plan?
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