City Council Chambers
301 W. Line Street
ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS FROM JUNE 6, 2005, TELECONFERENCE EXECUTIVE
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.
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
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.
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
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS REVIEW OF
THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION POLICIES:
Received the Departmentís report and public
testimony. Proposed amendments will be scheduled for the August
Commission meeting for public review and possible adoption.
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT AND POSSIBLE CONSIDERATION
OF COMMISSION POSITION ON LEGISLATION.
Received the Departmentís report; no public testimony.
RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
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.
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.
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.
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.
RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
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.
RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
UPDATE ON THE SIERRA NEVADA BIGHORN SHEEP PROGRAM.
Received Departmentís report; no public testimony.
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