Larger


Viewing Issues? Click here.


Audio Only


THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
Click to visit the Department of Fish and Game's Web Site
 

State of California

THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION

 

   Click Here To Start

 

Elk Valley Rancheria
2500 Howland Hill Road
Crescent City

MEETING SUMMARY

DISCUSSION ITEMS
NOTE: Items may be heard on either day and in any order pursuant to the determination of the Commission President.
1.

PUBLIC FORUM - Any member of the public may address and/or ask questions of the Commission relating to the implementation of its policies or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission. As a general rule, action cannot be taken on issues not listed on the agenda. Staff will normally be requested to follow up on such items at the discretion of the Commission. Submittal of written comments is encouraged to ensure that all comments will be included in the record before the Commission. Please be prepared to summarize comments to three minutes in length, or otherwise as the discretion of the President.

Richard Young asked the Commission to consider potential impacts on local economies when considering proposed regulations concerning salmon and groundfish.

Zeke Grader discussed the ongoing fish kills in Klamath River and requested that the Commission write a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation requesting increased water levels and disaster relief for real "victims" of the fish kills, the fishermen and businessmen who depend on healthy salmon and steelhead populations.

Harry Adams stated that lingcod are plentiful this year and recommended that the limit be changed to two fish that are 24-30 inches long.

Janis Buikema indicated that she couldn't understand that rational used in adopting the current regulations and provided the Commission with a handout regarding proposed changes to salmon allocations and lingcod regulations.

Bob Strickland provided a handout and clarified that his testimony regarding fish mortality as a result of circle hooks at a previous meeting was strictly his personal opinion and did not reflect that of United Anglers. He recommended lengthening the salmon season and a regulation prohibiting snagging and "jigging" for salmon in the Sacramento River system.

Deputy Director Mastrup responded that these techniques are already illegal and suggested that Mr. Strickland discuss possible solutions with Enforcement.

Dan Gilliland recommended that recreational fishing be managed on a regional basis due to the size and diversity of California.

Richard Mile proposed an increase to the bag limit for Aleutian Geese and increased enforcement presence at local wildlife areas.

Bill James emphasized the need to integrate economics with biology when formulating species management strategies. He requested coordination between the coastal states and federal government to discuss current harvest rules.

Paul Weakland commented that he was very upset to see that Executive Director Treanor's phone number was not printed on the commercial fishing regulation booklets this year and that Director Broddrick was not present. He recommended that California stop the importation of abalone from Mexico as it is encouraging poaching in California.

2.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT BIENNIAL REPORT ON WINTER-RUN AND SPRING-RUN CHINOOK SALMON.

Received written report; no public testimony.

3.

CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF SECTION 125, TITLE 14, CCR, REGARDING COMMERCIAL ROCK CRAB FISHERY.

Received Department's proposal; received public testimony. Commission adopted proposed regulations.

4.

CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 670.5, TITLE 14, CCR, TO ADD THE XANTUS'S MURRELET (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) TO THE LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES.

Received Department's proposal; no public testimony. Commission adopted proposed regulations.

5.

RECEIPT OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE PROPOSAL TO AMEND SECTION 630, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: ECOLOGICAL RESERVES.

Received Department's proposal; received public testimony.

6.

REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND THE RECREATIONAL GROUNDFISH REGULATIONS FOR 2005 AND 2006, AND DEPARTMENT UPDATE ON THE MANAGEMENT MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE PFMC AT ITS JUNE 14-18, 2004 MEETING.

Received Department's recommendation; received public testimony. Commission authorized staff to publish notice of its intent to amend the recreational groundfish regulations for 2005 and 2006.

7.

REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND SECTIONS 52.10 AND 150.16, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: CABEZON OPTIMUM YIELD.

Received Department's report; received public testimony. Commission authorized staff to publish notice of its intent to amend sections 52.10 and 150.16, Title 14, CCR.

8.

REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND SECTIONS 460, 465.5 AND 478; AND TO ADD SECTIONS 458.1, 458.2, 458.3 AND 460.1, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: TRAPPING REGULATIONS.

Received Department's report; received public testimony. Commission authorized staff to publish notice of its intent to amend sections 460, 465.5 and 478 and to add sections 458.1, 458.2, 458.3 and 460.1, Title 14, CCR.

9.

RECEIPT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS ON DRAFT ABALONE RECOVERY AND MANAGEMENT PLAN.

Received Department's report; received public testimony. Commission directed the Department to include additional index sites to collect population trend information. Commission will consider possible adoption of the ARMP at its August 26, 2004, meeting in Morro Bay.

 

OTHER
10.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT.

Received Department's written report; received public testimony.

11. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

No report.

  (B)

UPDATE ON CRFS.

Marija Vojkovich provided the Department's report; next report will be received at the October 21-22, 2004 meeting in Concord.

  (C)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT MONITORING PLAN FOR THE CHANNEL ISLANDS MPAS, INCLUDING SOCIO-ECONOMIC STUDIES.

Marija Vojkovich provided the Department's report; next report will be received at the Commission's August 26-27, 2004 meeting.

12. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
I. MARINE SUBCOMMITTEE

Vice President Schuchat provided Marine Subcommittee report.

II. AL TAUCHER POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

President Kellogg provided the Advisory Committee report.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

Executive Director Treanor reported that he had just received a memo from the Department requesting the Commission add an agenda item regarding sport fishing regulations for corvina, croaker, sargo and tilapia in the Salton Sea.

Commission approved request to add the agenda item and authorized staff to publish notice of intent to reduce the bag limits for the Salton Sea.

13.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

14.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.