Rodger Healy indicated his concern with regulatory
amendments to the Dana Point Marine Life Park, which is a historic
area of importance to the lobster fishery. He emphasized that the
industry had been assured that there would be no regulatory changes
made to this area and now they are hearing thatís not the case. He
requested clarification on the recent regulatory amendments.
John Ugoretz explained that Dana Point was not included in
the recent reclassification of six marine refuges to marine parks. He
explained that Dana Point has more specific regulations and that the
nature and intent of the Dana Point Marine Park was much different
than that for the other six areas.
Commissioner Rogers indicated that he would like additional
information to be presented at the Marine Resources Committee.
Dan Williams requested the status on the resolution of the
"Grandfather Provision" for squid light boat permits.
Commissioner Rogers apologized for the delay in progress,
and explained that it is due to other possible regulatory amendments
affecting the squid fishery. He requested an update from the
Department at the Marine Resource Committee.
Jim Bunn discussed the transferability of market squid
permits and questioned how long the appeal process will take.
Commissioner Hattoy responded that the Department and
Commission are in the process of dealing with several complicated
legal issues regarding the squid fishery regulations.
John Duffy gave a presentation regarding the squid fishery
capacity goals in relation to the number of permits. He requested a
continuance of the process to amend squid regulations.
President Flores apologized for the delay and indicated
that Restricted Access Fishery issues have been delegated to the
Marine Resources Committee for further review.
Bob Strickland suggested that squid permits should cost
$7000 to cover the cost of managing this fishery without the use of
money from recreational fisheries.
Paul Weakland commented that permit sales were not the only
source of money, landing taxes also generate revenue. He requested
status updates on abalone, limpet and turban snail fisheries.
Dan McCafferty requested changes to the regulations
regarding sculpin season, trip limits and gear type.
Chris Hoeflinger supported Mr. Healy's comments and
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that these activities
have always been illegal in Dana Point, although they have not been
enforced. He added that it may require a legislative change to allow
for a lobster fishery in this area.
Bill Gaines discussed the efforts of California Waterfowl
Association regarding legislation including AB 2146, AB 6, and AB
President Flores responded that he has had discussions with
the author of AB 2110 and that there seems to be some
misunderstanding of who has authority to regulate field coursing. He
indicated that the issue will be discussed at the Al Taucher Hunting
and Fishing Advisory Committee later this month. He requested copies
of all the bills in question.