Tom Raftican reported that a recent Department presentation
to the PFMC contained recommendations regarding closing portions of
the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which were not vetted
to stakeholders prior to the meeting. Mr. Raftican protested the
process more so than the actual result, and requested a discussion of
the matter at a future meeting.
P resident Kellogg agreed to place this matter on the
agenda for the August meeting. Commissioners Hattoy and Rogers
expressed concern about involving the public before decisions are
made. Deputy Director Mastrup agreed to report on this matter at the
Commissionís August meeting.
April Wakeman stated that the cost of fishing licenses is a
significant expense for the United Anglers of Southern California (UASC)
youth saltwater fishing program. Ms. Wakeman reported that the Fish
and Game Code allows the Department to issue free licenses and receive
partial reimbursement from the General Fund.
Deputy Director Mastrup expressed doubt that the General
Fund could provide adequate reimbursement, given the Stateís fiscal
status. Mr. Mastrup agreed to investigate and discuss this matter with
UASC and Department legal staff, and noted that contributions from
non-governmental organizations could help pay for licenses.
Chief Deputy Director Stein emphasized that Department
funding is limited and would be reduced by Ms. Wakemanís proposal.
James Bunn requested that the Commission amend the squid
regulations to allow licensees who qualify under the grandfather
clause to have transferable permits, which may be sold with a boat.
Mr. Bunn indicated that costs of a transferable permit are excessive,
and said his interests were not served when the Commission designated
nontransferable permits under the grandfather clause. Commissioners
agreed to place this matter on the agenda for discussion in August.
Steve Searles discussed his experience with bears near
Mammoth Lakes. Mr. Searles claimed to be well known in the media and
spoke of traveling to other states and countries as a bear expert. He
explained that he does not want to be associated with extremist
groups. He supports the Department and does not want to be
adversarial. He discussed his affiliation with the City of Mammoth
Lakes and his desire to collaborate with the Department in reducing
In response, Deputy Director Mastrup and Warden Pat Woods
discussed Department policy on urban bears and bears constituting a
public safety threat. Mr. Mastrup stated that the Department
coordinates extensively with other agencies in these instances.
President Kellogg expressed desire to review the
Departmentís bear policy and its coordination with local agencies.