Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone
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- Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone
- We, the undersigned, are asking the Abalone Project Team, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission to consider separating Humboldt and Del Norte Counties as an autonomous fishing zone in the revised abalone Fisheries Management Plan.
- This request is an improvement upon the current proposals under consideration because it accounts for ecological and biological differences of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties compared to Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin Counties. Humboldt and Del Norte counties comprise a very large area at the northern edge of the red abalone’s range, where they are found in much lower density/abundance than Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin Counties. The Marine Life Management Act requires the state to manage marine resources based on “the best available scientific information and other relevant information”, whether it comes from the Commission, Department or other entities (FGC § 7050(b)(6)). Failure to manage the Humboldt and Del Norte zone using data and thresholds specific to its ecological and biological attributes would not represent the best management practices set by the MLMA. Humboldt and Del Norte counties have data available from academic and citizen science entities in California which can be evaluated and used, along with other ecological data, to allow for sustainable management of abalone within this separate fishing zone.
- For more information contact: Jack Likins at firstname.lastname@example.org
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