A core objective of this project is to work closely with Listening Groups to elicit and synthesize targets that are science-based, meaningful to and supported by the community, and measurable.
In Phase 1: Development of the Plan, we plan to engage with a community listening group composed of representatives from user groups that are currently involved with or will be impacted by aquaculture development in California. We will host listening sessions with the groups, helping to test our approach and ensure various viewpoints are considered. We will also host a science listening group to assist with assessing the environmental dimensions of various scenarios. These groups do not have any decision making power and are intended to serve as knowledge conduits.
In Phase 2: Community Engagement, we will welcome comments from community members across California in various meetings and online forms.
Community Listening Group Members
Mike Conroy - Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
Louie Zimm - Former Pacific Fishery Management Council, Hubbs Sea World Research Institute
Doug Bush - The Cultured Abalone
Michael Lee - Calfiornia Aquaculture Association
John Finger - Hog Island Oyster Company
Jono Wilson - The Nature Conservancy
Rod Fujita - Environmental Defense Fund
Fred Carr - Kashia Band of Pomo Indians
Paula Sylvia - Port of San Diego
Mike King - King's Seafood Company
John Molina - Pacific6
Richard Rogers - Former Fish and Game Commission
Logan Kock - Santa Monica Seafood
Brian Clark - San Diego Lifeguards
Steven Pratt - Amah Mutsun Tribe
Teresa Romero - Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Tribe
Anna Weinstein - Audubon Society
*Ashely Eagle-Gibbs - Environmental Action Center of West Marin (alternate)
There have already been significant efforts across other States and in other countries to develop best management practices (BMPs) and science-informed siting criteria for aquaculture. This project will synthesize the data, documents and information contained within these BMPs and siting criteria, and use them to inform and guide these sections of the Action Plan as they relate to California.
The project will also consider any previous efforts to develop shellfish aquaculture BMPs in California and leverage and integrate this work as appropriate. As aquaculture is a rapidly evolving sector, the project team will also use this assessment to identify gaps in scientific understanding or technological innovation as they relate to resource management concerns that may point to needed research and development.