Don Wilson provided a petition to the Commission regarding opposition to the Sutter Bypass levee closure for waterfowl hunting and requested that the Commission agendize this issue.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the regional manager can specify behavior conduct rules, and had the authority to close waterfowl hunting as it had been an issue for several years. He indicated that other opportunities were made available to the public and that regional staff could provide an update at the next Commission meeting explaining the Sutter Bypass levee history and how the Department has accommodated the closure.
Vice President Gustafson responded that the Sutter Bypass levee would be agendized for the December 2007 Commission meeting, and requested that regional staff provide an update regarding the history and closure.
Rick Staub submitted a letter to the Commission and questioned the Department’s policy regarding the Native Reptile Captive Propagation Permit. He stated that the Department has not addressed this issue or added any species to this permit.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Department lacks dedicated resources, but is working with staff to organize issues on reptiles, and will be providing an update in the near future.
Dennis Byrne requested a survey be conducted regarding the Pismo Clam Fishery to provide population data.
Deputy Director Mastrup stated that the Department is conducting a study on clams in general and that there is a viable population.
Jimmy Bunn stated his pursuit for a transferable squid permit has now gone to the Marine Resources Committee and he would speak to this issue on Item 10 of the Agenda.
Virginia Handley requested that the Commission agendize a Department report on the welfare of wildlife in Southern California, due to the wildfires. She also requested a moratorium on hunting at this time.
Vice President Gustafson responded that a report on the effects of Southern California’s wildfires would be heard today under DFG Director’s Report.
Barbara Schmitz requested the Commission’s leadership in addressing the State regulations governing private nuisance wildlife control operators, and stated that regulations are necessary to implement standards for safe and humane wildlife handling practices.
Paul Weakland provided a handout and requested t he immediate opening of several Bay Area counties for the harvest of abalone. He also stated that his questions have not been answered regarding aquaculture, abalones, and withering syndrome.