Chris Miller introduced Harry Liquornik. He indicated that
he would be available to answer any questions regarding their
presentation and request.
Harry Liquornik requested that the MLPA advisory panels
remain in place through both the Blue Ribbon Task Force and Commission
processes. He also noted that the documents which are being
peer-reviewed do not include all options. He requested that the
Commission address these current issues. He provided the Commission
with handout materials.
Rick Sparhawk requested that the Commission agendize his
abalone aquaculture request for its December meeting. He also
requested direction from the Department regarding the necessity and
details of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR.) He provided the
Commission with handout materials.
The Commission approved Mr. Sparhawkís request to add the
item to its December agenda.
Kate Wing indicated that it was important for the
Commission to receive accurate information regarding PFMC proceedings.
She provided handout materials disputing United Anglerís of Southern
Californiaís assessment of recent meetings.
Kenton Otto indicated that he was a commercial sea urchin
diver and due to his medical condition, his doctor instructed him to
stay off boats. He requested special provisions to allow a diver to
collect sea urchins with his permit and to waive the requirement that
he be aboard during the collection. He provided the Commission with
Executive Director Treanor indicated that in the past,
legal counsel has advised that Commission regulations should be
amended rather than grant waivers or exceptions.
The Commission indicated it would add Mr. Ottoís request
to consider amending its current sea urchin regulations to its
Paul Weakland stated that in the past he had submitted
Fishery Management Plans to the Department for giant keyhole limpets,
sea hares and turban snails. He indicated that the Department had not
responded to his requests for emerging fisheries for these species. He
provided the Commission with copies of those handout materials.
Sam Lang requested that sea urchin diving be allowed in the
Channel Islands MPAs as the sea urchins are destroying the
Christopher Nelson supported Mr. Langís request. He
provided the Commission with an article from the LA Times regarding
sea urchins as a nuisance species.