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. Submittal of written
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the record before the Commission. Please be prepared to summarize
comments to three minutes in length, or otherwise at the discretion of
Richard Hughett indicated that the Monterey County Fish and
Game Commission would like to pursue a blanket prohibition of ocean
snagging and foul-hooking.
Deputy Director Mastrup indicated that a blanket
prohibition might not solve the problem in Monterey , but Enforcement
is interested in working on a possible solution and will work with the
Ed Schulze had the following recommendations for the north
coast recreational abalone season: close the month of November;
recreate the punch card system so that it is like the deer tag system;
and designate areas with depleted resources as “X-Zones” with
increased fees and a drawing for the tags.
Walt Mansell indicated that the Department needs to
coordinate wildlife management with other governmental agencies,
specifically with managers of National Forests and BLM.
Michelle Newman indicated that she supports the
implementation of the MLPA as she has been diving and kayaking in the
Monterey Bay for 20 years and has seen the decline of sea otters and
Marc Shargel supported the implementation of the MLPA as
local marine life draws people from all over the world, which support
the local economy.
Jane De Lay indicated that Save Our Shores also supports
the implementation of the MLPA.
Kaitilin Gaffney indicated that the Ocean Conservancy
supports the implementation of the MLPA.
Paul Weakland expressed his disappointment again with
Director Broddrick’s absence.
Chief Deputy Director Paul Stein indicated that Director
Broddrick is very involved in Commission meetings though he was not
able to attend the meeting today. Mr. Stein added that he will be
attending Commission meetings in place of the Director when scheduling
Executive Director Treanor stated that Director Broddrick
was currently at the Governor’s Western Conference in San Diego as
he is on a panel addressing the Federal ESA.
Bob Strickland indicated that United Anglers is waiting on
the approval from NOAA Fisheries regarding their white seabass program
in San Francisco Bay . He added that California needs to solicit more
federal money to stop the illegal export of the state’s resources.
Dennis Dever requested the Commission approve a 3%
tolerance policy regarding the measurement of legal mesh size for gill
nets for the herring fishery in San Francisco Bay . He displayed a
bale of newly purchased web from the manufacturer that measures legal
in some areas and not others.
President Kellogg pointed out that the Enforcement Branch
is currently communicating with fishermen to find a better measurement
Deputy Director Mastrup indicated that this request had
been discussed at the recent DHAC meeting. He stated that legal
counsel had advised that this particular request would require a
President Kellogg commented that he does not want to see 80
year-old fishermen continue to be issued mesh size violations.
Chief Tom Pederson indicated that the Enforcement Branch is
working on a policy regarding the “judgment” of mesh size
measurement for the San Francisco Bay herring fishery. He added that
simplifying the gear limitations and focusing on the fishery quota may
eliminate many of these problems.
Deputy Director Mastrup asked Chief Pederson about the
possibility of having the nets certified and tagged before the nets
Chief Tom Pederson responded that Enforcement would
consider this suggestion as a possible solution for this fishing
Steve Mathieu indicated that the Commission meetings can
now be viewed on www.slo-span.org;
which is a nonprofit organization geared toward increasing public
access to governmental meetings. He noted that the organization is
currently seeking additional funding.
Executive Director Treanor asked if there was anyone else
from the audience who wished to speak, and there was no reply. He
indicated that the Commission would like to present a Resolution to
Frank Spear in honor of his retirement and devotion to California
Department of Fish and Game.
President Kellogg presented Mr. Spear with the Resolution.