Chris Voss requested that the sea urchin fishery be agendized for the next Marine Resources Committee meeting to explore management options regarding the harvesting and processing of sea urchins.
Bill James spoke about the implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act in the South Central Coast and the need to make amendments to commercial fishing permits.
Gary Burke discussed marlin tagging issues, as well as the growth and high mortality rate of catch and release sport fishing, and requested that the Commission put more restrictions on sport fishing.
John Duffy requested that the Commission direct staff to prepare draft regulatory language to upgrade all non-transferable market squid permits to make then transferable, and to make the draft language a starting point at the next Marine Resources Committee meeting.
Joel Greenberg spoke regarding Item 21 and supported the Department’s proposed boundary adjustment for the Channel Islands.
Tim Maricich and Tom Hafer requested that the Commission postpone implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act in the South Central Coast until a plan is developed to prevent over fishing of the nearshore. They also requested funds for collaborative research.
Dolores Pollock expressed support of AB 21 banning lead ammunition in condor country.
Chris Hoeflinger provided a draft proposal to the Commission regarding the management of the Nearshore Fishery and requested that it be agendized for the next Marine Resources Committee meeting.
Rick Gutierrez requested that the Commission make permits transferable for the Rock Crab Fishery so everyone would have access to the fishery.
Chris Miller stated that the California Lobster and Trap Fishermen’s Association is taking a proactive approach in working with the Ocean Protection Council to develop a preliminary assessment for a sustainability rating for the fishery. He spoke about developing two new concepts for sustainable monitoring systems through budget mechanics analysis and the economy of management transactions with a value of information assessment.
Harry Vogl requested the reopening of abalone season and that the Commission direct the Department to schedule a collaborative survey with concerned groups at the Farrallon Islands.
Dick Dasmann commended both the Commission and staff in following the Fish and Game Commission’s mission guidelines, and urged every individual and/or group to urge the Governor’s office to veto any bills that would conflict with or challenge the Commission’s authority.
Elga Wasowicz requested that the Commission write a letter of support on her behalf to her state legislative representative requesting an extension of her sea urchin permit, as she depends upon it to support her children since the death of her husband while commercial fishing.
Director Ryan Broddrick responded that the Department staff would work directly with Ms. Wassowicz.
Dan Williams requested that the California sea urchin fishery be agendized for the next Marine Resources Committee meeting to address issues regarding the sustainability of the resource.
Steve Ferry urged the Commission to support AB 21 banning the use of lead ammunition in condor country.
Lee Moldaver expressed support of AB 21 regarding the ban of lead ammunition.
Patt Wardlaw thanked the Commission for having agendized the Smith River at the July Commission meeting in Bridgeport.
Harry Liquornik requested that the Marine Resources Committee address restricted access issues, as well as administrative aspects of managing fisheries, with a possible workshop, so the fisheries would have clear guidelines to follow.
Scott and Hannah Warwick stated they had been approved by the Department for a General Gill Trawl Net Permit since June 2007, and have not received the permit. He indicated he had made several verbal contracts and based financial and career decisions on receiving his permit. He stated this was financially affecting his family and asked when he would receive his permit.
Chief Deputy Director McCammon responded that the Department would follow-up on this issue immediately.
Richard Pogre discussed legislation that will soon be enacted which would affect the future of the commercial abalone industry. He requested that the Commission allow commercial divers to work with the Department and other interested parties to collect data in the North Central Region affected by the abalone closure, in order to provide data to the health of the fishery.
Paul Weakland requested the immediate opening of several Bay area counties for the harvest of abalone and expressed his concerns with withering syndrome.