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THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
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State of California

THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION

 

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Veterans Memorial Building
209 Surf Street
Morro Bay

SUMMARY

DISCUSSION ITEMS
 
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 at the discretion of the President.

Don Thompson indicated that he had planned to comment on the ARMP and was disappointed to see that it had been rescheduled again, but understood that the Department was making further revisions. He hoped that they would be positive. He stated that in discussions with Sen. Thompson, the original legislation was to include mitigation for those displaced divers, but to date there has been no aid. He indicated that the problems with the ARMP include inconsistencies in defining density; biomass estimates are not used in determining the health of the resource; and the goals of the plan are not feasible or reasonable given the current population data.

Steve Rebuck commented that red abalone is not threatened or endangered and should not be included in the moratorium. He noted that the Department promised an ARMP by 1999 and that the fishery would be opened in as little as 18 months, and seven years later there has been no progress. He indicated that he did not think that the Department is data poor and that sea otters are not affecting red abalone. He supported a tag system for red abalone.

Tom Raftican provided a handout to the Commission and discussed his support for SB 1459 regarding permitting all bottom trawls in California and transferring all authority from the Legislature to the Commission. He requested the Commission support the bill.

Freddy Otte provided a draft proposal to the Commission regarding the use of rockfish as a candidate species for a stock enhancement program. He indicated that years ago several rockfish were captured with the salmon for his program and they have documented the success of the fish's growth within containment. He discussed how a tag and release program would provide data in areas that are currently data poor.

Walt Mansell commented that there is no such thing as a non-consumptive user of wildlife resources as expressed in public testimony at a previous Commission meeting. He indicated that all of us utilize our valuable natural resources in one form or another.

Scott Wachenheim did not support trapping or hunting of bobcat or non-native red fox. He discussed the advantages to increased populations of these species. He provided a handout requesting the Commission eliminate trapping and hunting of bobcat and nonnative red fox in California.

Frank Donahue provided a handout to the Commission regarding his grass roots habitat mapping project.

Bill James emphasized the need for adequate staffing levels before taking on new projects like the MPAs. He discussed the need to integrate economic data with scientific data when evaluating regulatory changes.

Ed DuMong commented that the Commission is always against the commercial fishermen and the fishermen do not have anyone fighting for them. He indicated that he can't make a living any longer and doesn't have any other skills that could support him and his family.

Chris Goldblatt discussed the sea otter populations that are moving into the white abalone recovery areas and possible solutions to keep those abalone populations safe. He also requested that the Commission consider a sport fishery for red abalone.

David Nelson discussed the harmful effects that the power plant has on marine ecosystems and requested the Commission address the power plants as they have the commercial fishery.

Eric Endersby, on behalf of Recreational Fishing Alliance, passed on condolences to Randy Fry's family and friends.

Vice President Schuchat asked everyone to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Mr. Fry's recent death.

Paul Weakland discussed the Abalone Recovery Management Plan and stated that he has not received answers to his questions for the last 11 years.

Steve Mathieu welcomed the Commission to the City of Morro Bay and thanked them for coming to his hometown.

 

2.

CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST BY GREENSEA TRADING, LLC, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, FOR AUTHORIZATION TO IMPORT AND SELL LIVE SEAWORMS (Perinereis aibuhitensis) FOR SALTWATER FISHING BAIT PURPOSES.

Received Greensea Trading's request; received the Department's recommendation; received public testimony. Commission denied request.

3.

DEPARTMENT REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 671.1, TITLE 14, CCR, ON IMPLEMENTATION OF REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO ISSUING PERMITS FOR THE IMPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF TRANSGENIC AQUATIC ANIMALS.

Received Department's recommendation; received public testimony. Commission requested further information on the GloFish regulations. The Department indicated it would have a more detailed update at the Commission's October 21, 2004, meeting.

4.

CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST BY U.C. DAVIS OF A PERMIT APPLICATION TO POSSESS TRANSGENIC ZEBRAFISH FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH.

Received Department's recommendation; received public testimony. Commission approved request.

5.

RECEIPT OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTIONS 52.10 AND 150.16, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: CABEZON ALLOWABLE CATCHES AND TRIP LIMITS.

Received Department's recommendation; received public testimony.

6.

RECEIPT OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON PROPOSED RECREATIONAL GROUNDFISH FISHING REGULATIONS FOR 2005 AND 2006.

Received Department's recommendation; received public testimony.

OTHER
7.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT.

No Department report; no public testimony.

8. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

Received Department's report; no public testimony.

  (B)

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

Received Department's report; received public testimony.

  (C)

DEPARTMENT REPORT ON LOWER MAMMOTH AND HOT CREEKS' FLOW LEVELS.

Received Department's report; no public testimony.

9. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
I. MARINE SUBCOMMITTEE

Received report; received public testimony.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

No report.

10.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

11.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

   
Note: The Commission was to consider adoption of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan (ARMP) at this meeting. However, the Department needed some additional time to address the Public's and the Commission's recommendations; therefore, the Commission will now consider adoption of the revised ARMP at its December 2, 2004, meeting in Monterey.