The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and our partners are currently working together with Tribes and stakeholders to amend the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Master Plan. The amended MLMA Master Plan will be designed to:
- Enhance the sustainability of the state’s ocean fisheries;
- Elevate ecosystem health in decision-making;
- Help promote more efficient, effective, and streamlined fisheries management;
- Establish a clear pathway for improving the management of individual fisheries;
- Set clear expectations for managers and the public; and
- Foster transparency and flexibility in fisheries management with Tribes and native communities, stakeholders, and interested members of the public.
A phased approach is being used for the process to amend the MLMA Master Plan:
Information Gathering Phase (2016): Led by CDFW, information gathering projects (PDF) developed tools and recommendations to be considered during the Amendment Phase. Work products and tools developed by each project were assessed by CDFW, with input from stakeholders and the Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee, and considered for integration into a draft amended Master Plan framework. Work conducted prior to the Information Gathering Phase, including existing Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) and Lessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (PDF) was also considered.
Amendment Phase (late 2016-2017): This phase covers the drafting of the amended Master Plan. Public workshops are planned in this phase, providing Tribes and stakeholders the opportunity to review, discuss, and provide feedback on tools and approaches CDFW is considering as part of the Master Plan Amendment.
To be responsive to stakeholder feedback, CDFW released an initial draft of the amended Master Plan in Fall 2017 and solicited input from interested Tribes and stakeholders prior to submitting a revised draft to the Fish and Game Commission. The release of the initial draft was included in an updated amendment process timeline (PDF).
CDFW is working to submit the revised draft amended Master Plan to the Fish and Game Commission in early 2018. This will initiate a 3-meeting process which will present an additional opportunity for Tribes and stakeholders to review and provide public comment on the draft amended Master Plan.
Over the coming months, CDFW will provide regular progress updates to the Fish and Game Commission’s Marine Resources Committee. Tribal consultation will be solicited through all phases of this effort. The amended Master Plan must be formally adopted at the conclusion of the Commission process in order to be implemented.
For more information about the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process, contact MLMA@wildlife.ca.gov.