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THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
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THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION

 

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City Council Chambers
301 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA

MEETING SUMMARY

DISCUSSION ITEMS
1.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS FROM JUNE 6, 2005, TELECONFERENCE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

The Commission accepted its Hearing Officerís proposed decisions on the following license and permit items from the June 6, 2005 teleconference Executive Session:

Jack Morici Ė Suspension of Commercial Fishing License for 18 months.

Rodger Healy Ė Suspension of Commercial Sea Urchin Diving Permit for 6 months.

2.

PUBLIC FORUM

Tom Raftican reported that a recent Department presentation to the PFMC contained recommendations regarding closing portions of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which were not vetted to stakeholders prior to the meeting. Mr. Raftican protested the process more so than the actual result, and requested a discussion of the matter at a future meeting.

P resident Kellogg agreed to place this matter on the agenda for the August meeting. Commissioners Hattoy and Rogers expressed concern about involving the public before decisions are made. Deputy Director Mastrup agreed to report on this matter at the Commissionís August meeting.

April Wakeman stated that the cost of fishing licenses is a significant expense for the United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) youth saltwater fishing program. Ms. Wakeman reported that the Fish and Game Code allows the Department to issue free licenses and receive partial reimbursement from the General Fund.

Deputy Director Mastrup expressed doubt that the General Fund could provide adequate reimbursement, given the Stateís fiscal status. Mr. Mastrup agreed to investigate and discuss this matter with UASC and Department legal staff, and noted that contributions from non-governmental organizations could help pay for licenses.

Chief Deputy Director Stein emphasized that Department funding is limited and would be reduced by Ms. Wakemanís proposal.

James Bunn requested that the Commission amend the squid regulations to allow licensees who qualify under the grandfather clause to have transferable permits, which may be sold with a boat. Mr. Bunn indicated that costs of a transferable permit are excessive, and said his interests were not served when the Commission designated nontransferable permits under the grandfather clause. Commissioners agreed to place this matter on the agenda for discussion in August.

Steve Searles discussed his experience with bears near Mammoth Lakes. Mr. Searles claimed to be well known in the media and spoke of traveling to other states and countries as a bear expert. He explained that he does not want to be associated with extremist groups. He supports the Department and does not want to be adversarial. He discussed his affiliation with the City of Mammoth Lakes and his desire to collaborate with the Department in reducing bear-human conflicts.

In response, Deputy Director Mastrup and Warden Pat Woods discussed Department policy on urban bears and bears constituting a public safety threat. Mr. Mastrup stated that the Department coordinates extensively with other agencies in these instances.

President Kellogg expressed desire to review the Departmentís bear policy and its coordination with local agencies.

3.

CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE A MENDMENTS TO COMMISSION POLICIES RE: THE INTRODUCTION OF EXOTICS AND THE SALTON SEA.

Received the Departmentís report; no public testimony. The Commission unanimously voted to amend its policies regarding the Introduction of Exotics and the Salton Sea, as recommended by the Department.

4.

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

  (A) MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ON FEDERAL LANDS
  (B) MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ON PRIVATE LANDS
  (C) MULTIPLE USE OF LANDS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
  (D) NAMING INSTALLATIONS
  (E) NATIONAL FORESTS
  (F) PROSPECTING ON FISH AND GAME LANDS
  (G) USE OF DESIGNATED DEPARTMENT LANDS FOR PRIVATELY MANAGED PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS
  (H) WATER
  (I) WETLANDS RESOURCES
  (J) DESIGNATION OF DEPARTMENT CONTROLLED LANDS AS STATE WILDLIFE AREAS
  Received the Departmentís report and public testimony. Proposed amendments will be scheduled for the August Commission meeting for public review and possible adoption.
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5.

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

Received the Departmentís report; no public testimony.

6. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

Chief Deputy Director Stein discussed results of the Fish and Game Preservation Fund audit, which showed that hatchery funding was not reduced as dramatically as first thought, or as much as that of other programs. He reported that the Department has unfunded mandates which strain dedicated accounts. He indicated that the Department is still reviewing the recently released audit and would have additional comments in the future.

  (B)

UPDATE ON MLPA.

Deputy Director Mastrup provided an update of a recent Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group meeting, broadcast through slospan.org and calspan.org. He reported that the Commission had tentatively scheduled public meetings for Santa Barbara and Oakland.

Commissioners agreed to schedule additional public meetings in Santa Rosa, Eureka and San Diego to review the MLPA Draft Master Plan Framework and the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan.

  (C)

DEPARTMENT UPDATE ON ITS PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 119, TITLE 14, CCR.

Deputy Director Mastrup reported that the Department recommends increasing the permit area for shrimp trawl nets inside the Golden Gate Bridge by adding District  3. The Department does not support adding Grizzly and Honker bays because of concerns over listed species. Mr.  Mastrup agreed to meet with the fishermen and one or two commissioners to discuss this matter further.

  (D)

DEPARTMENT UPDATE ON ITS FISHING IN THE CITY PROGRAM.

Dr. Ed Pert reported that existing funding is adequate to cover the current level of activity, and the Departmentís South Coast Region is attempting to fill a vacant Interpreter I position by the end of Summer.

7. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
I. AL TAUCHER POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

Vice President Flores discussed the most recent meeting on June 16. He reported that subcommittees have been formed to investigate relevant issues and make recommendations, and that the Legislative Subcommittee will soon provide written recommendations to the Commission on pending legislation.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

No report.

8.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

9.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

10.

UPDATE ON THE SIERRA NEVADA BIGHORN SHEEP PROGRAM.

Received Departmentís report; no public testimony.

11.

FIELD TRIP Ė TIME PERMITTING, THE COMMISSION WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP TO THE OWENS RIVER GORGE. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED, BUT MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

The field trip to the Owens River Gorge occurred as scheduled.