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Updating the MLMA Master Plan

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:

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  • 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, link opens in new windowinformation gathering projects (PDF) are developing tools and recommendations to be considered during the Amendment Phase. Work products and tools developed by each project will be assessed by CDFW, with input from stakeholders and the Fish and Game Commission Marine Resources Committee, and potentially integrated into a draft amended Master Plan framework to inform the Amendment Phase. Work conducted prior to the Information Gathering Phase, including existing Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) and link opens in new windowLessons Learned from California’s Marine Life Management Act (PDF) will also be 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.

*New- Tribal and stakeholder review of an initial draft of the amended Master Plan, and link opens in new windowupdated amendment process timeline (PDF)*

To be responsive to stakeholder feedback, CDFW will release an initial draft of the amended Master Plan and solicit input from interested tribes and stakeholders prior to submitting a revised draft to the Fish and Game Commission. The release of the initial draft is anticipated to occur in Fall 2017.  Additional information about the process and timing of this public review process will be posted in the coming weeks on this webpage, under ‘Upcoming Events’ (see right-side panel).

CDFW is working to submit the 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 link opens in new windowFish 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.



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Upcoming Events

Coming Soon! Tribal and Stakeholder Review of Initial Draft of the Master Plan Amendment

Fall 2017

Check back here for more details, including the review process timeline, access to the initial draft, and details about how to submit public comments for CDFW consideration.

Prior Events

  • MLMA Master Plan Amendment
    Discussion for Interested Stakeholders:
    Considering Approaches to Fisheries Partnerships Under the MLMA 

    Friday, July 28, 2017 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT
    Join the call: (424) 228-8722 No PIN needed
    link opens in new windowScreen Sharing
    link opens in new windowAgenda (PDF)
    link opens in new windowPresentation (PDF)
    link opens in new windowFisheries Partnerships Overview Document (PDF)
    link opens in new windowKey Themes Summary (PDF)
    CDFW invited the ocean community to learn about draft ideas and approaches to fisheries partnerships that are currently being considered to advance the collaboration objectives of the MLMA and inform the development of an amended MLMA Master Plan, including the link opens in new windowDraft Amended Framework for MLMA-Based Management (PDF). Participants were invited to share ideas and feedback on the options presented, and elaborate on the ingredients needed for successful partnerships.
  • The following announcement was posted as a courtesy to California Ocean Science Trust:
    Stakeholder Workshops to Explore Ecological Risk Assessments (ERA) as a Potential Prioritization Tool to Support Fisheries Management in California
    Long Beach: Thursday, June 15, 2017
    Santa Rosa: Thursday, July 27, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    To help with logistics planning, participation at the workshops required an invitation and confirmed RSVP. Fisheries experts and other interested stakeholders were welcome to contact Ocean Science Trust for a direct invite (errin.ramanujam@oceansciencetrust.org). See link opens in new windowagenda and details about the workshops, including goals, relationship to the MLMA Master Plan Amendment process. Following the workshops, summary materials will be made available via the CDFW MLMA web page.

 

  • MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion for Interested Stakeholders: Management Strategies for Achieving Sustainability of Marine Fisheries Under the MLMA
    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    1:30 - 3:00 p.m. PT
    Join the call: (424) 228-8722 No PIN needed
    link opens in new windowScreen Sharing
    link opens in new windowAgenda (PDF)
    link opens in new windowPresentation (PDF)
    link opens in new windowKey Themes Summary (PDF)
    link opens in new windowOnline Questionnaire
    CDFW invited tribes and native communities and interested stakeholders to learn about draft approaches and tools that can identify appropriate management strategies for meeting the stock sustainability objectives of the MLMA. Input and feedback received will help inform the development of an amended MLMA Master Plan, including the link opens in new windowDraft Amended Framework for MLMA-Based Management (PDF).
  • MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion for Interested Stakeholders: Considering Stakeholder Engagement in Fisheries Management
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
    Fish and Game Commission MRC Meeting (Agenda Item 7(c))
    Holiday Inn Express, 35 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente CA
    link opens in new windowMRC Agenda (PDF)
    CDFW has routinely provided updates on the MLMA Master Plan amendment process during MRC meetings. During the meeting on March 23, CDFW supported a 30 minute, focused conversation on stakeholder engagement during agenda item 7(c). CDFW introduced the topic of stakeholder engagement as outlined in the MLMA objectives, reflected on lessons learned from engagement processes, and sought input and guidance on ideas, approaches, and tools for CDFW to consider as part of an amended MLMA Master Plan and link opens in new windowdraft framework (PDF). Key findings from link opens in new windowInformation Gathering Projects (PDF) that focused on stakeholder engagement were also discussed.
  • MLMA Master Plan Amendment Discussion for Interested Stakeholders: Draft Approach to Scaled Management and a Fisheries Web-based Data Portal
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PT
    link opens in new windowAgenda (PDF)
    link opens in new windowPresentation (PDF)
    link opens in new windowKey Themes Summary (PDF)
    link opens in new windowPost-webinar Stakeholder Survey
    CDFW convened a public webinar for tribes and interested stakeholders to share initial thinking and solicit feedback related to a draft scaled management approach and web-based fisheries dashboard, two key components of a link opens in new windowDraft Amended Framework to MLMA-based Management (PDF).
  • Marine Life Management Act 101 Orientation Brown Bag Conference Call for Interested Stakeholders
    Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST
    link opens in new windowAgenda (PDF)
    CDFW hosted a public conference call to share information about the MLMA Master Plan amendment process. Tribes, stakeholders, and other interested members of the public were invited to ask questions and discuss their interests about this process.