What is a "fishery management plan"? 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 What is the "Master Plan"? 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. What is the format of a fishery management plan? View this sample format (PDF). Submit Questions and Written Comment Additional questions can be can be submitted via email to Travis Buck.