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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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Hubbs Sea World Research Institute
Shedd Auditorium
2595 Ingraham Street
San Diego

SUMMARY OF MEETING

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

Commission reelected Commissioner Kellogg as President and elected Commissioner Flores as Vice President.

2.

PUBLIC FORUM -

Mike McCorkle provided a handout and discussed concerns regarding an aquaculture lease that has multiple violations. He requested that the Department enforce the clean-up of the area as the lesseeís company is bankrupt.  

Vern Goehring provided a handout and introduced the California Fisheries Coalition (CFC.) He explained that the coalition is made up of 22 commercial and sport fishing groups whose intent is to support, enhance, improve and ensure the objectives of the MLPA are met.

Bob Fletcher provided a handout and indicated that the Sport Fishing Association of California is a member the CFC.

Pete Halmay provided a handout and indicated that the Sea Urchin Harvesters of California is also a member of the CFC.

Tom Stephan indicated that he was an avid falconer and requested that the Commission lengthen the falconry waterfowl season in Southern California.

Wayne Ralph opposed the proposal to allow archers to carry side arms in the field.

Gary Gentile provided a handout and requested that the Commission extend the archery pheasant season.

Commissioner Flores asked Mr. Gentile to prepare and present specific recommendations to the Commission for consideration.

Anthony Silva commented that the limits on lobster hoop nets were not being enforced and that the females with eggs are not being thrown back. He requested that the Commission change the limit to 14 per boat, per day and to shorten the season to protect ďberriedĒ females.

Paul Weakland indicated his disappointment that the ARMP was not completed.

3.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 2074.2 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, CONSIDERATION OF DEPARTMENT INITIAL REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION ON PETITION TO LIST THE TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD (Agelaius tricolor) AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Received Departmentís recommendation; received public testimony. Commission found that the petition to designate the Tricolored Blackbird as a candidate for the endangered species status does not provide sufficient information to indicate that the petitioned action may be warranted.

4.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 2074.2 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, CONSIDERATION OF DEPARTMENT INITIAL REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION ON PETITION TO DE-LIST COHO SALMON (Oncorhynchus kisutch) SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Received Departmentís recommendation; received public testimony. Commission found that the petitioned action to delist the Coho Salmon south of San Francisco as an endangered species does not provide sufficient information to indicate that the petitioned action may be warranted.

5.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS REVIEW OF THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION POLICIES: 

  (A) ELECTION OF OFFICERS
  (B) IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW OF POLICIES
  (C) RETENTION OF COMMISSION RECORDS
  (D) COOPERATION
  (E) PLANNING
  (F) PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
  (G) RESEARCH
  Received the Departmentís report; received public testimony. President Kellogg appointed Commissioners Flores and Hattoy to a subcommittee to address possible amendments to Commission Planning Policy.
OTHER
6.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT.

Received Departmentís report; no public testimony.

7. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

Deputy Director Mastrup reported that the Department would not be receiving $4 million in hatchery funds from Tidelands Oil Mitigation Fund as previously thought.

  (B)

UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF DEVELOPING CALIFORNIA'S COMPREHENSIVE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION STRATEGY.

David Bunn provided a handout and explained the process and timeline in completing the report. He reported that the results of the wildlife monitoring project would be posted to the Departmentís website on a regional basis.

  (C)

UPDATE ON S.H.A.R.E. PROGRAM.

Bill Gaines reported that the pilot program will be implemented by Fall 2005.

  (D)

UPDATE ON HATCHERY FUNDING.

See report on Departmentís Budget.

  (E)

UPDATE ON MLPA.

Patty Wolf reported that a Science Team had been assembled and met for the first time. She explained that this team is charged with providing scientific information to the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) who has been conducting meetings with various interest groups.

8. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
I. MARINE SUBCOMMITTEE.
No report.

II. AL TAUCHER POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
Vice President Flores reported that the Al Taucher Policy Advisory Committee (ATPAC) met on December 16 and it was a very well attended meeting. He indicated that the ATPAC will be undergoing some organizational changes to create various subcommittees to address the different issues and streamline the process.

III. REPORT ON THE MID-WINTER MEETING OF THE WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES IN SAN DIEGO.
Executive Director Treanor reported that he attended the WAFWA mid-winter meeting in San Diego. He indicated that the annual meeting would be held in Alberta, Canada July 21-27, 2005.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

No report.

9.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

10.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

Deputy Attorney General Cunningham explained that the Commission had asked him to report on the Commissionís authority to set trap limits for the Dungeness crab fishery. He indicated that he would present his findings to the Commission at the March 17-18, 2005, meeting in Oakland.