John Duffy spoke on behalf of the squid industry and
expressed their thanks for the Commission's decision to delay adoption
of non-transferable permits to the December meeting. He discussed six
reasons to support the Department's Option 3 regarding
non-transferable permits. He provided a handout to the Commission.
John Gibbs indicated that he was told that there was no
reason to worry about the future of his squid permit as he would
qualify under the grandfather status, but after reading the proposals
he will not qualify for a fully transferable permit and does not
support current recommendations. He supported adopting Option 3.
James Bunn indicated that the original intention of the
squid legislation was to guarantee that the older CA fishermen who
have participated in the industry will be assured of getting permits
and he is worried this is being overlooked in the current FMP.
Zeke Grader introduced Alison Gordon from AmeriCorps
Steward Programs and thanked her for their contributions. He requested
that the Commission agendize issues relating to the vetoed Dungeness
crab fishery legislation (AB 2146) to discuss the need for “urgency
legislation.” The Commission approved his request to add the issue
to the December 2004, meeting.
Shaye Wolf indicated her concern regarding the impact of
squid light boats on seabirds given that the regulations recently
adopted for the squid fishery do not include closures for Anacapa and
Santa Barbara Islands.
Commissioner Schuchat asked if changes to the regulations
to include closures could be done with a 45-day notice period.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that any changes to the
squid fishery regulations would delay adoption and jeopardize the
regulations being in place at the start of the fishing season. He
recommended creating a separate rulemaking package to address possible
Deputy Attorney General Cunningham clarified that the
Commission could direct staff to publish notice that changes will be
considered for adoption at the February 2005 meeting and that
regulations would be in place for the 2005 season.
Commissioners Hattoy and Schuchat indicated their interest
in moving forward with a separate rulemaking package to address
Commissioners Kellogg and Hendrickson indicated that they
were not interested in making further changes to the regulations at
Douglas Bevington stated that January is the seabird
breeding season and that closures need to be in place by then.
Kate Wing supported the current squid regulatory package
moving forward but noted that current closures will expire soon and
that the issue needs immediate attention.
Executive Director Treanor clarified that once a species is
listed as threatened or endangered, current statutes give the
Department authority to issue incidental take permits. He noted that
at the August 27th meeting the Commission decided that the issue of
additional closures is more appropriately addressed through the MLPA
Rob Ross opposed AB 2146 and indicated there are many sides
to the bill which need to be “flushed out” before proceeding with
Camilla Fox indicated her concern with the Department's
request to withdraw the trapping rulemaking notice as it would remove
their responsibility to respond to public comment. She requested that
the Commission only consider granting the Department's request if they
would agree to the contingencies outlined in her letter which she
provided prior to the meeting.
Dr. Marybeth Rymer supported Ms. Fox's request. She
indicated that she lost a cat to a conibear trap and would like to see
their use regulated.
Deputy Director Mastrup indicated that the Department has
agreed to and begun updating trapping exams and manuals thus there is
no need for a regulatory package at this time. He indicated that the
updates will be complete by spring and that the Department would
provide further details to the Commission at the December meeting.
Bob Strickland requested that the Commission appoint a
subcommittee to oversee the expenditure of SFRA money.
Richard Pogre requested that the Commission establish zonal
management for the abalone fishery and take steps to open the fishery
to commercial divers.
Paul Weakland stated that the abalone divers had not been
compensated for the loss of income that resulted from the Commission
closing the abalone fishery. He also expressed his concern that
Director Broddrick was absent again from the Commission meeting.
John Hunter discussed the detrimental effects of mitten
crab in the delta. He requested that the Commission address the issue
at a future meeting.
Deputy Director Mastrup stated that there is no solution to
the problem that they are aware of.