December 3, 2015 Crab Hearing

The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture

The California Dungeness and Rock Crab Fishery: Public Health, Ocean Conditions and Maintaining a Strong Coastal Economy

Steele Lane Community Center, Santa Rosa, CA

December 3, 2015  3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Press Releases:

2016-10-3 Speakers announced for hearing on crab season domoic acid levels and first ever State Hearing on Aquaculture to be held in Bodega Bay

2016-9-28  press release: First ever State Hearing on Aquaculture to be held in Bodega Bay next week

2016-9-23 Governor Brown signs McGuire’s Whale Protection Bill

2016-8-3 State of the CA Crab Fishery: Domoic Acid Levels, '16 Harvest & New Rules In Place

2016-6-30 Senator McGuire’s whale protection bill one step closer with approval in Assembly committee this week

2016-5-18 Senator McGuire’s whale protection bill gains urgency in wake of several dramatic entanglements

2016-5-2 Senator McGuire issues statement on partial opening of Dungeness crab season

2016-4-26 Update on Crab Disaster Declaration and Domoic Acid Ocean Conditions at Fisheries Hearing April 28

2016-4-12 Senator McGuire’s whale protection bill approved in Natural Resources Committee

2016-3-31 Senator McGuire introduces bill to protect whales and keep ocean free of lost crab gear

2016-3-18 Senator McGuire responds to crab season opener

2016-2-9 Senator McGuire praises crab disaster declaration

2016-1-25 Coastal legislators request crab season disaster declaration

Letter to Governor Brown requesting declaration of disaster for California crab fishery

2015-12-3 Hearing on delayed crab season today at 3 pm

2015-11-30 All-star panel of experts confirmed for hearing on dealyed crab season

2015-11-16 Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Wood host hearing on crab season delay

2015-11-6 Senator McGuire issues statement on delay of Dungeness crab season

Video: Video of pre-hearing comments by Senator McGuire

Agenda: Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture - December 3, 2015

Hearing background summary

Latest information, data and articles on crab season, domoic acid and ocean conditions:

Commerce Secretary declares fisheries disasters for nine West Coast species (including CA Dungeness and rock crab)

Commerce Secretary declaration of disaster for CA Dungeness and rock crab 2017-1-18

Framing the Scientific Opportunities on Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries: Scientific Insights, Recommendations and Guidance for California

California Dungeness Crab Fishing - 2016-17 Best Practices Guide to Minimize Whale Entanglement Risk

Frequently Asked Questions: Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries - Developed in Response to the 2015-16 Domoic Acid Event

Domoic Acid Background and Potential Option for Future Events - CDPH/CDFW /OEHHA Memorandum

A Primer on California Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB'S)

Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries

Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries: Beginning the Scientific Discussion

Harmful Algal Blooms and California Fisheries - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) list

Key themes summary and audio recording of the OST July 27, 2016 public call re: Beginning to Understand the Impacts of HAB's on California's Fisheries

2015-16 Commercial Crab Fishing Timeline

2015-16 Recreational Crab Fishing Timeline

Last Day of Northern California Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Approaches; New Crab Regulations to Take Effect Aug. 1

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted From Portions of San Mateo County - CDPH release 7-6-2016

Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Now Open at Pigeon Point, San Mateo County - CDFW release 7-6-2016

Last Day of Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Season South of Mendocino County Approaching - CDFW release 6-29-2016

Rock Crab Testing Continues in San Mateo and Sonoma Counties - CDFW release 6-17-2016

Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Open near Channel Islands - CDFW release 6-3-2015

Channel Islands now open to both the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries - FGC release 6-3-2016

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted for Remainder of Channel Islands - CDPH release 6-3-2016

Crabbers Lead Efforts to Reduce Whale Entanglements

CDFW Recommendations to Minimize the Risk of Entanglement to Whales off the Coast of California - DFW release 5-24-2016

Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery Now Open Statewide Commercial to Follow in Seven Days - DFW release 5-19-2016

Final Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along California Coast - CDPH release 5-19-2016

Last remaining stretch of the California coast is now open to the recreational Dungeness crab fishery - F&GC release 5-19-2016

Opening of the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery on the North Coast May 12, 2016 – Frequently Asked Questions

More Areas Open for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishing, Commercial Fishery to Open in Same Areas in 10 Days - CDFW release 5-2-2016

California coast is now open for recreational Dungeness crab fishing except for one area - F&GC release 5-2-2016

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted along Northern California Coast - CDPH release 5-2-2016

OEEHA Recommendation to Open Dungeness Crab Fishery to CA/OR Border - 5-2-2016

CDFW Announces Latest Dungeness and Rock Crab Openings, Closures - CDFW release 4-22-2016

OEEHA Recommendation to Open Dungeness Crab Fishery - 4-22-2016

OEEHA Recommendation to Open Rock Crab Fishery - 4-22-2016

Application of the Fair Start Rule to Potential Opening of Closed Areas on the North Coast for the 2016 Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery – Frequently Asked Questions - CDFW 4-20-2016

Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Sonoma-Mendocino County Line, Crab Testing Continues - CDFW release

Recreational and Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens in Channel Islands, Excluding Waters Between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands - CDFW release

Recreational Rock Crab Opener - F&G Commission release

Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted Near Channel Islands - CDPH release

CDFW Message to Commercial Fishermen on Dungeness Crab Opener

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line, Commercial Fishery to Open in Seven Days - CDFW release

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line - F&G Commission release

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Sonoma County - CDPH release

California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Remains Closed While Crab Testing Continues

Bill aims to give crab industry $138 million in disaster relief

CDFW Announcement Regarding Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Opener

DCTF Executive Committee guidance memo regrading openening of Dungeness crab commercial fishery

Opening closed Areas for the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery - FAQ's by DFW

Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes - DFW release

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along Central California Coast - CDPH release

OEHHA Memo Recommending Opening Dungeness Crab Fishery South of Point Reyes

Members of California Delegation Push for Federal Disaster Declaration for Crab Fisheries

Governor Brown requests federal fishing disaster

State Seeks Federal Disaster Declarations for Commercial Crab Fishing

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the 2015 Dungeness Crab Season Delay and Rock Crab Fishery Closure

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) information and latest crab testing results for domoic acid (1-25-2017)

latest lobster testing results for domoic acid (11-1-2016)

Domoic Acid Testing Results, July 1, 2015 - August 19, 2016

Latest Information on California Crab Fishery Closures and Testing for Domoic Acid

Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab and Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open in Southern Portion of the State

2016-1-25 Coastal legislators request crab disaster declaration - press release

Letter to Governor Brown requesting declaration of disaster for California crab fishery

NOAA Fisheries - Fishery Disaster FAQ's

CDPH January 2016 Questions and Answers Regarding the Current Domoic Acid Situation

California Fish and Game Commission Notice of Rock Crab and Dungeness Crab Season Openings

OEHHA Memo: Dungeness and Rock Crab from Mainland Coasts of San Luis Obispo County and Counties to the South

Dungeness and Rock Crab Health Advisory Partially Lifted along the California Coast - CDPH 12-31-2015

Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery "Fair Start" Frequently Asked Questions 12-30-2015

(Oregon) Commercial Dungeness crab season opens Jan. 4 - ODFW press release

Commercial crab fishing to open Jan. 4 on Washington coast

Update: California Crab Fishery Closures Continue - CDFW press release

CDPH Updates Warning about Shellfish from Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

State continues delay of Dungeness crab season coastwide - ODFW press release

Commercial crab fishing delayed again on Washington's south coast - WDFW press release

Dungeness season start again delayed, although Washington crab are good

Oregon, Washington delay start of commercial crab season

CDFW Reminder: California Crab Fishery Closures Continue

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opener Delayed and Commercial Rock Crab Season Closed

Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab

Emergency closure of Recreational Crab Fishery - Fish and Game Commission (FGC) Adopted Regulations

Recommendation of OEHHA to CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and FGC to delay the start of Dungeness crab season

Dungeness Crab Task Force (DCTF) Executive Committee guidance on season opening and testing protocol

Information about the DCTF

CDFW web site to keep constituents informed of crab developments

CDPH - Natural Marine Toxins: PHP and Domoic Acid

CDPH - Domoic Acid FAQ's

Crab Domoic Acid monitoring Plan - Washington State 2008-09

CDPH letter to Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara 11-18-2015

CDFW hot line to call is 831.649.2883

CDPH Biotoxin Information line 510.412.4643 or 800.553.4133 for updated advisories

Southern Oregon Dungeness Crab Test Clear of Marine Toxin

Oregon delays Dungeness crab season coastwide to ensure safe product

Oregon shellfish safety information line 800.448.2474

Domoic Acid Uptake and Depuration in Dungeness Crab

Additional crab related press releases, information and articles with links as of 5-13-2017 (please check for updates)

Articles about the Hearing:

Climate change wreaks havoc on an iconic industry

Acid keeps crab season in limbo

More bad news for crab industry

Fishermen struggle in the wake of Dungeness crab fishery closure

Crab hearing convened last week

Sour talk as lawmakers, crabbers meet over Dungeness shutdown

Crab season delay devastating California's fishing industry

Crab season uncertainties prompt calls for change

Dungeness crab season still not ready to begin

Regulators: Unclear when it will be safe to open crab season

Public forum to discuss delay of crab season, locals to attend

Crab Boats Remain Moored At The Docks

State leaders to hold meeting on Dungeness crab season delay

Dungeness crab season delay probed by Senate

McGuire, Wood host "all-star panel" on crabs

North Bay hearing to discuss toxin tests on crab supply

Editorial: Gov. Brown, the time to prepare is now

Hearing out the crab season

Another Voice: Crab season delay needs discussion

Marin Voice: Don't under-estimate the importance of crab season

Coastal Voices: Missing crab on Thanksgiving but safety comes first

McGuire, Wood to host a hearing on stalled crab season

North Coast lawmakers to host Santa Rosa meeting on delay of crab season

Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Wood host hearing on crab season delay

Click to watch recorded hearing: 12-03-2015 Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture the direct YouTube link

Archived Recording: 12-03-2015 Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture crab hearing

Presenter Biographies:

Charlton Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Eric Sklar, Commissioner, California Fish and Game Commission

Patrick Kennelly, Chief, Food Safety Section, California Department of Public Health

Dave Mazzera, Ph.D., Chief, Food and Drug Branch, California Department of Public Health

Melanie Marty, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Cat Kuhlman, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council/Deputy Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency

Valerie Termini, Fisheries Policy Advisor, Ocean Protection Council

Don Marshall, Board Member, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations

Gerry Hemmingsen, Supervisor Del Norte County, Commercial Representative, Dungeness Crab Task Force

Rick Gutierrez, Rock Crab Fishery, Santa Barbara Seafood Station

Jim Yarnall, Recreational Representative, Dungeness Carb Task Force

Joe Caito, President, Caito Fisheries

Chuck Cappotto, President, Community Fishing Association of Bodega Bay

Presentations:

Cat Kuhlman

Gerry Hemmingsen

Rich Gutierrez

Jim Yarnall

 

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