NOTE : Items may be heard on either day and in any order
pursuant to the determination of the Commission President.
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.
DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE
ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY ACTION TO AMEND SECTIONS 5.80, 27.60 AND 27.90,
AND ADD SECTIONS 5.81 AND 27.92, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: REDUCTION
OF STURGEON BAG LIMITS IN THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN RIVER SYSTEM.
(Note: This item was continued by the Commission from its February 2,
2006 meeting to allow the Department time to solicit more public
Received Departmentís request and recommendations;
received public testimony. Commission adopted Option 1 (zero bag limit
for green sturgeon, and a slot limit of 46-56 inches for white
DISCUSSION OF DEPARTMENTíS WRITTEN RESPONSE TO MS. DONNA
SCHROEDERíS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MONITORING STUDIES FOR THE CHANNEL
ISLANDS MPAS. (Note: This item was continued by the Commission from
its February 2, 2006 meeting to allow it time to review the
Departmentís written response.)
Received the Departmentís response; received public
testimony. Commission took no action.
REQUEST OF RICHARD SPARHAWK, SAN DIEGO, FOR APPROVAL OF METHODOLOGY
TO IDENTIFY HIS ABALONE AS AN AQUACULTURE PRODUCT PURSUANT TO SECTION
238 (e), TITLE 14, CCR, AND FOR A DETERMINATION RE: CEQA COMPLIANCE
FOR HIS PROJECT.
Received Mr. Sparhawkís request; received public
testimony. Commission directed Mr. Sparhawk to continue to work with
Department staff on CEQA compliance for his project.
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS REVIEW OF
THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION POLICIES:
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW OF POLICIES
RETENTION OF COMMISSION RECORDS
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
Received Departmentís recommendation for no
changes to Commission Policy; No public testimony.
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT.
Received written report; no public testimony.
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.
Received report; no public testimony.
UPDATE ON PFMC ISSUES. ( 30 minutes will be allocated for this
Received report; received public testimony. Commission
supported the Departmentís recommendations and opposed the request
for a long-line experimental permit.
UPDATE ON SAN MIGUEL ISLAND ABALONE FISHERY.
Received report; received public testimony. The Department
indicated that it would provide future updates to the Commission
UPDATE ON STATUS OF LIVE ANIMAL MARKET REPORT.
Received report; received public testimony.
STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF MLMA AND NEARSHORE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
Received request for clarification of multi-day fishing
permits; no public testimony. Commission directed the request to the
Marine Resources Committee.
RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
Received report; received public testimony.
RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
(NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC)
PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 11126(a)(1)
and (e)(1), AND SECTION 309 OF THE FISH AND GAME
CODE, THE COMMISSION WILL MEET IN CLOSED EXECUTIVE
SESSION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXECUTIVE SESSION IS TO
PENDING LITIGATION TO WHICH THE COMMISSION IS
SANFORD WINSTON, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND
GAME COMMISSION RE: SPOT PRAWN TRAWL.
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND
GAME COMMISSION RE: TIGER SALAMANDER.
CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, ET AL., vs.
CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COHO
JACK MORICI vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COMMERCIAL
BIG CREEK LUMBER COMPANY AND CENTRAL COAST FOREST ASSOC.
vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: SOUTH
SAN FRANCISCO COHO LISTING.
POSSIBLE LITIGATION INVOLVING THE COMMISSION.
STAFF PERFORMANCE AND COMPENSATION.
RECEIPT OF HEARING OFFICER RECOMMENDATIONS ON
LICENSE AND PERMIT ITEMS AND ADOPTION OF COMMISSION FINDINGS