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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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Secretary of State Auditorium*
1500 11th Street
Sacramento

MEETING SUMMARY

DISCUSSION ITEMS
1.

PUBLIC FORUM

Ross Smith stated that it was his opinion that the decline of rockfish was the fault of commercial fishermen. He commented that recreational fishermen have been blamed for these problems for too long with no evidence. He requested that the Commission keep the nearshore recreational rockfish season open 12 months a year.

David Crabbe stated that two squid lightboats in the Monterey area did not qualify for permits under the new window period adopted as part of the squid FMP. He asked if this was a mistake as he believed the original intention was for the lightboat window period to mirror that of the seiners.

Sal Tringale indicated that he was one of the boat owners who do not qualify because of the new window period. He explained that he was unaware that this criterion was in the package the Commission considered and then later adopted. He asked if the window period could be amended.

Deputy Director Mastrup responded that any changes to the qualifying window period for squid light boat permits would require a regulatory amendment.

Commissioner Hattoy asked if this particular situation could be handled through the existing appeal hearing process.

Executive Director Treanor responded that these fishermen should submit their applications to the Department and they should address any mitigating circumstances regarding the qualifying criteria for the squid light boat permits. He indicated that if the Department denied the applications, the Commission would schedule an appeal hearing at which time the Commission can provide direction to its Hearing Officer on how to handle this situation.

Walt Mansell discussed the importance of continuing the joint meeting with the Board of Forestry. He explained that cooperation between these agencies is essential for the health of Californiaís resources. He cautioned against too many man-made changes in crucial wildlife habitat.

Jim Martin requested that the Commission increase the daily bag limit for salmon on the Sacramento River. He also requested maps for all areas under consideration in the current MPA process.

Vice President Flores responded that there are several special meetings which have been scheduled on the river in Redding, Sacramento and Rio Vista. He indicated that the request to increase the daily bag limit for salmon on the Sacramento River could be incorporated into one of these meetings.

Executive Director Treanor indicated that maps would be available at the upcoming Commission meetings addressing the MPAs.

Bob Strickland requested a status report on his prior requests to increase the surf perch bag limit for recreational shore anglers to 10 fish, south of the San Francisco Bay. He requested an emergency action to address the situation.

Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Commission had directed the Department to work on his request, but he did not have the information at hand. He indicated that he would provide a report at the Commission meeting on Thursday.

Executive Director Treanor explained that Mr. Stricklandís request does not qualify for emergency regulatory action under Section 240 of the CA Fish and Game Code, but that it could be considered under a normal regulatory process this year.

Bob Strickland asked if the illegal take of salmon in the Sacramento River would be addressed at the special meetings in Sacramento, Redding or RioVista. He also inquired if any of those meetings had been scheduled.

Chief Nancy Foley responded that the meetings will all be scheduled before September and that any resulting regulatory proposals would be presented at the Commissionís December meeting.

Paul Weakland provided several handouts to the Commission. He discussed the history of abalone research and asked why agenda items regarding abalone are always scheduled toward the end of the Commission meetings.

Executive Director Treanor responded that the status report on the draft Abalone Recovery and Management Plan is on the current agenda as Item Number 8(a) out of 25 agenda items.

2.

AUTHORIZATION TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO ADOPT REGULATIONS TO PROHIBIT REMOTE HUNTING.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony. Commission authorized its staff to publish notice of its intent to move forward with clarifying regulatory language to prohibit remote hunting in California.

3.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL STATUS OF THE FISHERIES REPORT.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

4.

RECEIPT OF ANNUAL REVIEW OF WHITE SEABASS FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR 2003-2004 FISHING SEASONS.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

5. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS REVIEW OF THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION POLICIES:
  (A) ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES
  (B) INTRODUCTION OF EXOTICS
  (C) LAND USE PLANNING
  (D) SALTON SEA
  (E) RAPTORS
  (F) DEER MANAGEMENT
  (G) DEPREDATION CONTROL
  (H) ELK
  (I) UPLAND GAME
 

Deputy Director Mastrup reported that the Department was working to tighten the regulations and create new approaches to dealing with exotic animals in California. He noted that they are also working to clean up the language within the policies on land use planning and the Salton Sea. He noted that the Department would be providing suggested amendments in the near future.

Commissioner Hattoy asked if the recent problems regarding exotic animals were a matter of insufficient funding for enforcement.

Mr. Mastrup responded that the problem until now, has been a general lack of public support to generate sufficient funding to address the exotic species problems.

Virginia Handley supported changes to strengthen the regulations governing exotic and invasive species in the state.

6.

BRIEFING BY UNITED ANGLERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RE: DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME'S FISHING IN THE CITY PROGRAM.

Received UASCís report; received public testimony. Commission requested the Department provide an update at the next meeting.

OTHER
7.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT, POSSIBLE CONSIDERATION OF COMMISSION POSITION ON LEGISLATION.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

8. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

No report; no public testimony.

  (B)

UPDATE ON MLPA.

Received report from the Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Task Force; received public testimony.

  (C)

UPDATE ON AQUA HEDIONDA LAGOON'S SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS.

Received update; no public testimony.

  (D)

DEPARTMENT BRIEFING RE: OFFICE OF OIL SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE.

Received Departmentís briefing; no public testimony.

  (E)

STATUS REPORT ON THE DRAFT ABALONE RECOVERY MANAGEMENT PLAN.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

9. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.

No report; no public testimony.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

No report; no public testimony.

10.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report; no public testimony.

11.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report; no public testimony.