Steve Scheiblauer welcomed the Commission to the city of
Monterey. He stated that the Commissioners were going to discuss issues that are
important to the City. He indicated that the heritage of the Monterey area
economy is based upon the fishing industry and maintenance of other natural
H. N. Papadakis spoke on behalf of ranchers, farmers and
sportsmen in the area. He stated that depredation of deer is a good tool when
used properly but the area is experiencing a serious problem which affects the
whole state. He asked the Commission to develop guidelines that can be utilized
before depredation permits can be issued. He commented that the Fish and Game
Code provides guidelines for the issuance of bear depredation permits, but those
guidelines are not available for issuance of deer depredation permits. His
interpretation of the data suggests that the deer population is dropping in the
Monterey area due to the confusion of interpreting available guidelines.
Director Broddrick and Doug Updike discussed departmental
procedures pertinent to this matter, and explained the Department’s policy is
to make recommendations on how to prevent damage. The Department is required to
issue depredation permits to the landowner if they can confirm the damage. They
indicated that the Department’s depredation permit data shows that the number
of depredation permits has increased, and that these permits are now being
issued due to ornamental damage whereas in the past they were issued due to crop
Deputy Director Mastrup stated that the permits are governed by
statute, and if there is damage or threat of damage the department shall issue a
permit—it is non-discretionary. He explained that the wardens are encouraged
to suggest to the landowners to fence in their areas and some farmers and
ranchers cannot follow the Warden’s suggestions because it may be too
Commissioner Gustafson suggested that the Al Taucher Committee
look deeper into this matter.
Assistant Executive Director Jon Fischer stated that the Al
Taucher Committee will meet June 8. He further stated that Mr. Papadakis had
provided a handout that was part of his testimony and it would be distributed at
the Committee Meeting.
Kate Wing explained that SB 1345 originated to give the
Department and the Commission help in raising outdated fees, hiring more staff
and increasing flexibility
emphasizing the Commission’s meeting scheduling. She stated
that any suggestions on improving the bill would be appreciated.
Walt Mansell stated that the CRPA will be appearing at the
USC-LA campus birthday celebration. He explained that it is the first time in 10
years, that a pro-hunting organization has been asked to participate in anything
at the campus, and that they will be handing out Departmental literature as well
as a wallet card published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Marc Shargel stated that the Monterey area valued its living
marine resources. He indicated that he supported many of the businesses that
cater to the visitors who come to the area, and that he is an alternate member
of the Marine Life Protection Act Central Coast Regional Stakeholders Group. He
indicated that the group is looking forward to the Commission’s decision to
help them protect the resources in a way that would ensure that the eco
tourism-based economy continues in the decades to come.
John Pearse spoke about being a member of the Marine Life
Protection Act Stakeholders Group. He indicated that the members were a
hardworking group of stakeholders who spent time considering a number of issues,
creating a network as required by the bill so they could present
"packages" to the Task Force and then onto the Commission. He
explained they decided to break into two groups: Group 1 consisted of sport
fishermen and conservation people, and Group 2 consisted of commercial
fishermen. He noted that each group developed their own packages. He added that
although there were a number of differences between the two groups, there was a
lot of similarity, and subsequently, a third group had to be developed which
created a hybrid package known as Package 3. He indicated that the Task Force
asked that the groups develop one all encompassing package, so they had to
develop another hybrid package known as Package 3R and which was presented to
the Task Force and will be forwarded to the Commission.
Robin Robinson commented on the MLPA process, indicating that as
a member-at-large of the group, she felt it was a fair process and people had a
chance to have their views heard, and had easy access to Department staff and
members of the Task Force. She stated that the members were supported with a lot
of data, and indicated that they were able to comprise enough to be able to meet
everyone’s needs. She supported Package 2R.
Aimee David spoke on the living marine resources that drive the
Monterey area economy. She indicated that she supported the work of the
Tom Raftican commented on a Spot Prawn Trawl Permit application
that was withdrawn at the Riverside meeting. He read a letter from NOAA stating
the reason for the denial of the permit was that the activities appear to be
inconsistent with the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan and the
Magnusson-Stevens Act. He commented that spot prawn trap gear has been
demonstrated to be an effective method of "take".
April Wakeman discussed the California Wildlife Conservation
Challenge, and commented on SB 1535. She indicated that, although she supports
the basic concepts of the Conservation Challenge, she feels that it clearly
implements policy that is the responsibility of the Commission and needs to be
aired in a public manner. She mentioned that Bob
Strickland’s letter asked the Commission to take a proactive stance regarding
the Salmon fishing season.
Eric Mills congratulated Commissioner Gustafson on her
confirmation. He requested that the robo-duck issue be revisited. He presented a
handout to the Commissioners created by a coalition of hunters in Montana
regarding robo-ducks, which mentioned that a number of states have banned the
ducks during the first week of the season and then for the entire season for the
state wildlife management area. He had further concerns regarding the Lily Pond
in Golden Gate Park. He stated that a report to help clear up this problem was
submitted to Region 3 regarding the African frogs in the pond on February 23,
2006. He commented that the report had received no response so far. His
interpretation of the data indicates that the frogs are highly invasive and can
be spread outside the park.
Commissioner Rogers questioned Deputy Director Mastrup regarding
the status of the report and what options the Department would like to pursue.
Deputy Director Mastup indicated that the Department is
currently working with the City to eradicate the frogs. He further stated that
the Department is waiting for the weather to warm up and is working to resolve
the religious issues associated with these frogs.
President Flores suggested that perhaps the Commission look into
scheduling meetings in the bay area to further discuss the Lily Pond issue as
well as live animals markets.
Paul Haskins spoke on behalf of the Lily Pond Coalition. He
commented that these African frogs are producing an even larger number of frogs.
He stated that the removal of the adult frogs will not eradicate them and that
the tadpoles need to be removed and the pond must be drained and left to dry
out. He asked the Department to respond to the report within the next two weeks.
Brett Matzke spoke on behalf of the California Golden Trout
petition and he supported the April 1 opener. He indicated that Trout Unlimited
has petitioned to have the Golden Trout listed as an endangered species. He
stated that one major problem with the conservation strategy is that the
Department is still planting triploid trout in the Kern River at Kennedy Meadow
in violation of Golden Trout Policy.
Jim Bunn presented an action plan statement regarding the squid
fisheries restricted action program. He indicated that the plan is inconsistent
with other fishery management plans even though it is based on policy. He
commented that the capacity goal of 52 transferable squid permits was selected
merely by guesswork. He requested that the Department establish stricter
regulations involving the transferable squid permits.
Commissioner Rogers indicated that this issue will be revisited
at the next Marine Resources Committee meeting.
Paul Weakland commented on the Abalone Recovery Management Plan.
He stated that Department appears to have been denying any hybridization of our
aquatic environment for the last 9 years and that hybridization is why the
abalone has had a hard
(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
A. PENDING LITIGATION TO WHICH THE COMMISSION IS A PARTY.
I. SANFORD WINSTON, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME
COMMISSION RE: SPOT PRAWN TRAWL.
II. CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME
COMMISSION RE: TIGER SALAMANDER.
III. CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA
FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COHO SALMON.
IV. JACK MORICI vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
RE: COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE.
V. BIG CREEK LUMBER COMPANY AND CENTRAL COAST FOREST
ASSOC. vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
VI. LINDY O’LEARY vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME
COMMISSION RE: R.R.S.A.C. AND R.R.S.S. PERMIT DENIALS.
B. POSSIBLE LITIGATION INVOLVING THE COMMISSION.
C. STAFF PERFORMANCE AND COMPENSATION.