At the request of Oregon fishermen, Oregon Sea Grant convened a multi-stakeholder working group from May, 2017 to July, 2019. The primary goal of the working group was to develop short- and long-term options for reducing the risk of whale entanglements in Dungeness crab and other fixed gear to ensure thriving and resilient fisheries in Oregon and along the entire west coast. The working group is not currently meeting on a regular basis, but continues to serve as a hub for communication and idea sharing about whale entanglement issues.

All working group meetings were open to the public and public input was allowed, with priority given to working-group member contributions during discussions. Most working group meetings took place in Newport, Oregon. See below for links to working group documents, including meeting agendas and summaries.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Gladics, amanda.gladics@oregonstate.edu, (503) 325-8573 ext. 265

Current Working Group Members

List of Working Group Members

Resources

Current OWEWG Recommendations

PSMFC Resources on Long-lining Dungeness Crab Pots

Announcement of settlement in CBD vs. CDFW lawsuit

ODFW Reducing the Risk of Whale Entanglements in Oregon Dungeness Crab Gear (Presentation from Oct. 2018 Industry Meetings)

2018-2019 Directive to Minimize the Risk of Whale Entanglement

2017-2018 Directive to Minimize the Risk of Whale Entanglement

2018 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

2017 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

July 18, 2019 Meeting

Agenda 7/18/2019

May 6, 2019 Meeting

Agenda 5/6/2019 

November 26, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 11/26/2018 

September 4, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 9/4/2018 

NMFS preliminary update on 2018 reported whale entanglements 8/26/2018 

June 20, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 6/20/2018

Updated Results from Fleet Survey

NMFS preliminary update on 2018 reported whale entanglements

April 11, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 4/11/2018

Preliminary Results from Fleet Survey

Fran Recht's presentation on Ropeless Gear Workshop

October 25, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 10/25/2017

Draft 2.0 Best Practices Directive

Management proposal #2 for consideration by the group

October 20, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 10/20/2017

Kelly Corbett Slides about ODFW Permitted Post-Season Derelict Gear Program

September 22, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 9/22/2017

NMFS preliminary update on 2017 reported whale entanglements

Shannon Davis Presentation Slides

ODCC Dungeness Crab Bioeconomic Model Report

Commercial Dungeness crab landing summary information from ODFW fish ticket data pulled 9/11/17

Oregon Commercial Dungeness Monthly Crab Pot Effort Estimates for the 2014-15 crab season

Management proposal for consideration by the group

July 21, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 7/21/2017

Summary 7/21/2017

Presentation slides from John Calambokidis

May 25, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 5/25/2017

Summary 5/25/2017

Working Group Ground Rules

May 5, 2017 Mailing to Oregon Dungeness Crab Permit Holders

Joint Letter from ODFW, OSG, ODCC

California Dungeness Crab Best Practices Guide to Reduce Whale Entanglements

2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

March 29-30, 2017 Workshop hosted by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Website

California Dungeness Crab Gear Working Group

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Washington Whale Entanglement Working Group

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