Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan

CWF was approached by the California Ocean Protection Council and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to act as fiscal and administrative manager for the Spiny Lobster fishery management planning process, as required by the Marine Life Management Act, which was ultimately funded by a grant from the State of California.

CDFW fishery management and enforcement staff as well as a lobster advisory committee made up of representatives of relevant stakeholder groups, including recreational and commercial fisherman and various other economic and environmental interests, have considered public input and fishery resource and industry data, much of which was also funded by the grant. Recommendations are then reviewed by the Fish and Game Commission for possible implementation in 2016 and beyond.