Sustainable Fisheries

The California State Legislature has directed state agencies to use innovative approaches to managing California‘s fishery resources and marine ecosystems, as exemplified in the Marine Life Management Act of 1998 (MLMA) and the Marine Life Protection Act of 1999 (MLPA). OPC is building on the foundation laid by the MLMA and the MLPA, and partnering with both the regulatory bodies charged with implementing these statutes as well as fishing constituent groups to help advance ocean ecosystem management in California.





Boats At Morro Bay by Chrissy Vallianos

Ventura Harbor by Jill Cloutier

The goal of OPC’s Sustainable Fisheries program is to enhance the sustainability of California’s ocean fisheries to protect marine ecosystems, port communities, and coastal economies. 

The OPC is committed to supporting science-based approaches that inform fisheries management, and collaborating with partners to advance improved governance of California fisheries. The OPC uses lessons learned from earlier initiatives to inform new and innovative approaches to fisheries management.

Currently Funded Projects




  1. Recreational Red Abalone Management Strategies Integration
  2. Dungeness Crab Working Group 
  3. Marine Species Synthesis Reports
  4. California Fisheries Portal Focus Groups
  5. Socioeconomic Guidance for California Fisheries Management
  6. Scientific Peer Review: Guidance & Recommendations for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  7. California Track of Fish 2.0
  8. Box Crab Pilot Project: Electronic Monitoring for an Experimental Box Crab Fishery
  9. Marine Landings Database System
  10. California Fisheries Fund

Selected Projects & Initiatives




Completed Projects




Contact Us:

Sustainable Fisheries Program Manager: Paige Berube;; 916-651-1264

Photo Credits for Above Images 

Left to right:

  • Currently Funded Projects top row: Rachelle Fisher, John Gannon, Sandy Lee
  • Currently Funded Projects middle row: Dirk Rosen, Mike Corcoran, Michael Job
  • Currently Funded Projects bottom row: Derek Stein, David Ories, Carolyn Ewers
  • Selected Projects top row: R. Fisher, Mark Corcoran
  • Selected Projects bottom row: Pexels, D. Parks