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Proposed Readoption of Emergency Regulations

Proposed Second Readoption of Emergency Regulations: Commercial Dungeness and Rock Crab Emergency Fishing Closures (Section 131, Title 14, CCR)

July 15, 2016

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is proposing to readopt the emergency regulations filed with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on November 6, 2015.  While domoic acid levels in rock crab and Dungeness crab have declined to below State action levels in ocean waters along portions of the California coast, unsafe domoic acid levels continue to persist in certain areas, warranting the continuance of the emergency closures in those areas.

Pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1, subdivision (a)(2), and California Code of Regulations, Title 1, section 52, at least five working days prior to submission of the proposed readoption to OAL, CDFW must provide related notice to every person who has filed a request for notice of regulatory action with CDFW.  After submission of the proposed readoption to OAL, any interested person will have five (5) calendar days to submit related comments to OAL as set forth in Government Code section 11349.6.  Also upon submission, OAL will have ten (10) calendar days within which to review and make a decision on the proposed readoption.

Public comments must be submitted to OAL by July 27, 2016.

The current rulemaking file consists of the following documents:



Proposed Readoption of Emergency Regulations: Commercial Dungeness and Rock Crab Emergency Fishing Closures (Section 131, Title 14, CCR)

April 12, 2016

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is proposing to readopt the emergency regulations filed with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on November 6, 2015. While domoic acid levels in rock crab and Dungeness crab have declined to below State action levels in ocean waters along portions of the California coast, unsafe domoic acid levels continue to persist in certain areas, warranting the continuance of the emergency closures in those areas.

Pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1, subdivision (a)(2), and California Code of Regulations, Title 1, section 52, at least five working days prior to submission of the proposed readoption to OAL, CDFW must provide related notice to every person who has filed a request for notice of regulatory action with CDFW. After submission of the proposed readoption to OAL, any interested person will have five (5) calendar days to submit related comments to OAL as set forth in Government Code section 11349.6. Also upon submission, OAL will have ten (10) calendar days within which to review and make a decision on the proposed readoption.

Public comments must be submitted to OAL by April 25, 2016.

The current rulemaking file consists of the following documents:



Emergency Regulations Closing the Commercial Dungeness and Rock Crab Fisheries in State Ocean Waters North of the Ventura/Santa Barbara County Line (Section 131, Title 14, CCR)

November 6, 2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) finds that an emergency closure of all take or possession of Dungeness crab and rock crab under a commercial fishing license from any ocean waters of the state north of the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line is necessary due to persistently high domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab or rock crab. Take of these crab poses a significant risk to public health as determined by the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This emergency closure is necessary for immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare.

The current rulemaking file consists of the following documents: