PUBLIC FORUM - Any member of the public may address and/or ask
questions of the Commission relating to the implementation of its
policies or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the
Commission. As a general rule, action cannot be taken on issues not
listed on the agenda. Staff will normally be requested to follow up
on such items at the discretion of the Commission.
Hal Cribbs thanked the Commission and Department for their
receptivity in considering the request that the Commission take
emergency action to close Putah Creek to all fishing to prevent the
spread of the New Zealand mudsnail, and that the Department
formulate a plan to eradicate the snail. He also recommended that
the Commission request a waiver from Executive Order 2 for this
Gary Flanagan supported an emergency closure of Putah Creek
for 120 days. He indicated that until now he has always felt safe in
fishing in different waters throughout the state without the threat
of transferring dangerous, invasive species.
Ken Davis indicated that he has been working with invasive
species for 20 years and he summarized his findings of the New
Zealand mudsnail in Putah Creek. He discussed the actions that are
currently being taken to assess the situation and he explained the
steps that should be taken in the very near future. He recommended
an emergency closure of 120 days.
Dr. Ed Pert reported that the Department supported the
recommendation to close this fishery for 120 days because it has the
potential to successfully eradicate this snail.
Commissioner Kellogg praised California Trout and the Granite
Bay Flyfishers for their aggressive actions to control this invasive
species and he urged the Department to act quickly.
Commissioner Kellogg moved and Commissioner Hattoy seconded to
consider emergency action to close fishing in Putah Creek, at the
December 16, 2003, Commission meeting. Motion passed
President Flores requested an update from the Department at
the February Commission meeting.
Executive Director Treanor explained that this item will be
added to the
December 16, 2003, Commission meeting. He noted that because it is a
regulatory action, it will be affected by the provisions set forth
in the Governor's Executive Order 2.
Commissioner Hattoy suggested that the public write letters to
the Governor's Office urging an exemption from the Executive Order.
Brendan Hutchinson discussed the wild turkey removal project
in Annandale State Park and indicated that he has been taking
pictures in Sonoma County state parks for over 15 years. He
explained that the turkeys moved into this area naturally about 10
years ago and in the last 3-4 years the population has been greatly
reduced by predators, thus removal is unnecessary. He indicated that
he observed the take of several turkeys in the State Park area by a
man using a rifle and that there was no public warning that shooting
would be taking place.
Brian Tibbetts opposed the turkey removal projects in state
parks. He stated that the turkeys pose no threats to humans or the
native habitat. He indicated that he hikes in these parks and enjoys
seeing the wild turkeys and that he thinks these removal projects
are just eradication plans.
Acting Director Mastrup explained that it is very apparent
that State Parks do not want the wild turkeys. He indicated that he
had spoken with Dr. Barrett who holds the permit to take up to 12
turkeys a month to examine food habits and parasites. He noted that
these are legitimate questions for State Parks to ask.
President Flores asked how a permit could have been issued
without bringing the request before the Commission.
Acting Director Mastrup responded that he is not sure how that
happened, though it doesn't change the Department's position.
President Flores stated that he is concerned about the rifle
activity in State Parks and that he does not think the take of over
a hundred of turkeys is necessary to get the answers to those
Commissioner Kellogg stated that the Commission must be
informed of these activities, as it is the governing body. He
indicated that he does not think that this removal project is
Commissioner Hattoy stated that it is unacceptable that the
Commission was not informed of the permit request.
Commissioner Schuchat suggested that the Commission should to
hear directly from the California Department of Parks and
Commissioner Hattoy inquired about the offer made by the NWTF
to relocate all of the turkeys on state park land at no cost to the
Acting Director Mastrup responded that the Department is still
very interested in that offer.
President Flores requested that this matter be agendized for
the Commission's February meeting.
Virginia Handley thanked the Commission for their quick action
regarding Putah Creek and she apologized to the Commission for her
testimony from the late August meeting. She provided handouts to the
Commission regarding turtle populations in other states and how they
are dealing with the problem. She encouraged the Commission to
request an update from the Department on turtle populations in
Melvin de la Motte provided handouts to the Commission on a
collaborative fish study of nearshore rockfish by Cal Poly in San
Luis Obispo County. He requested that a discussion of this issue be
added to the agenda item for the next Commission meeting. He
summarized the handout and explained their request for at least five
nearshore fishery regions with respective OYs.
Hugh Thomas supported Mr. de la Motte's request.
Bob Strickland asked the if there was an answer to his letter
to the Department regarding the allocation of recreational fishery
money to the commercial fishery. The Department indicated that it
had not had time to respond to Mr. Strickland's letter.
Paul Weakland indicated that the black abalone fishery has
been closed for ten years and that he has participated in another
public meeting and would like to have answers to the public comments
from the last three years and to have Appendix H. He provided a
handout to the Commission from Marine Management News.