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California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program Regulatory Amendments – Draft Environmental Impact Report
  • April 25, 2024

CDFW has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program Regulatory Amendments (PDF) (Appendix A (PDF) & Appendix B (PDF)) (SCH No. 2022090320). CDFW proposes to amend Title 14 Section 132.8 of the California Code of Regulations codifying the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP). The RAMP regulatory amendments are part of CDFW’s comprehensive strategy to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and monitor entanglements of Actionable Species: blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Central America and Mexico Distinct Population Segments of humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae), and Pacific leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear off the coast of California. The proposed amendments would modify and add new RAMP components including surface gear restrictions, active tending requirements, and new buoy and line marking requirements. The regulatory amendments also provide CDFW regulatory authority to implement Conservation Plan measures to support the National Marine Fisheries Service’s approval and issuance of an Incidental Take Permit for the potential take of specified Actionable Species under Section 10 of the federal Endangered Species Act for the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

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SERP Concurrences

Section 21080.56 of the California Public Resources Code(opens in new tab), also known as the Statutory Exemption for Restoration Projects (SERP), provides a California Environmental Quality Act statutory exemption for fish and wildlife restoration projects that meet certain requirements. CDFW’s Cutting the Green Tape Program is responsible for coordinating with lead agencies seeking SERP concurrence. SERP is currently anticipated to sunset on January 1, 2025.

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Recent Concurrences

Prairie Creek at Elk Meadow Cabins Habitat Enhancement Project

5/28/2024

The Director of CDFW has concurred with the lead agency determination by the California State Coastal Conservancy that the Prairie Creek at Elk Meadow Cabins Habitat Enhancement Project (PDF) qualifies as a statutorily exempt restoration project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.56, subd. (e).)

Russian River Floodplain Restoration Project

5/28/2024

The Director of CDFW has concurred with the lead agency determination by the Sonoma County Permit Resource Management Department that the Russian River Floodplain Restoration Project (PDF) qualifies as a statutorily exempt restoration project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.56, subd. (e).)

Cannibal Island Restoration Project

4/29/2024

The Director of CDFW has concurred with the lead agency determination by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern Region Lands Program that the Cannibal Island Restoration Project (PDF) qualifies as a statutorily exempt restoration project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.56, subd. (e).)

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge Unit 2/3 Reroute Project

4/11/2024

The Director of CDFW has concurred with the lead agency determination by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board that the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge Unit 2/3 Reroute Project (PDF) qualifies as a statutorily exempt restoration project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.56, subd. (e).)

Pescadero Marsh Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Project North Marsh North Pond

2/14/2024

The Director of CDFW has concurred with the lead agency determination by the California Department of Parks and Recreation that the Pescadero Marsh Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Project North Marsh North Pond (PDF) qualifies as a statutorily exempt restoration project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Pub. Resources Code, § 21080.56, subd. (e).)

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Alternate formats of these documents will be made available upon request. If reasonable accommodation is needed, call CDFW at (916) 322-8911. The California Relay Service for the deaf or hearing-impaired can be utilized from TDD phones at (800) 735-2929. For information on CDFW's CEQA program visit its page.