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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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Museum of Natural History
Farrand Hall
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA

MEETING SUMMARY

DISCUSSION ITEMS
1.

PUBLIC FORUM

Chris Miller introduced Harry Liquornik. He indicated that he would be available to answer any questions regarding their presentation and request.

Harry Liquornik requested that the MLPA advisory panels remain in place through both the Blue Ribbon Task Force and Commission processes. He also noted that the documents which are being peer-reviewed do not include all options. He requested that the Commission address these current issues. He provided the Commission with handout materials.  

Rick Sparhawk requested that the Commission agendize his abalone aquaculture request for its December meeting. He also requested direction from the Department regarding the necessity and details of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR.) He provided the Commission with handout materials.

The Commission approved Mr. Sparhawkís request to add the item to its December agenda.  

Kate Wing indicated that it was important for the Commission to receive accurate information regarding PFMC proceedings. She provided handout materials disputing United Anglerís of Southern Californiaís assessment of recent meetings.

Kenton Otto indicated that he was a commercial sea urchin diver and due to his medical condition, his doctor instructed him to stay off boats. He requested special provisions to allow a diver to collect sea urchins with his permit and to waive the requirement that he be aboard during the collection. He provided the Commission with handout materials.

Executive Director Treanor indicated that in the past, legal counsel has advised that Commission regulations should be amended rather than grant waivers or exceptions.  

The Commission indicated it would add Mr. Ottoís request to consider amending its current sea urchin regulations to its December agenda.  

Paul Weakland stated that in the past he had submitted Fishery Management Plans to the Department for giant keyhole limpets, sea hares and turban snails. He indicated that the Department had not responded to his requests for emerging fisheries for these species. He provided the Commission with copies of those handout materials.  

Sam Lang requested that sea urchin diving be allowed in the Channel Islands MPAs as the sea urchins are destroying the kelp beds.

Christopher Nelson supported Mr. Langís request. He provided the Commission with an article from the LA Times regarding sea urchins as a nuisance species.

2.

PRESENTATION BY SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION, SAN FRANCISCO, RE: THEIR RESTORATION AND SPECIES RECOVERY PROJECTS.

Received presentation from Ashley Boren and Carolyn Remick of Sustainable Conservation; no public testimony.

3.

PRESENTATION BY UNITED ANGLERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RE: RECENT ECONOMIC TRENDS IN ROCKFISH ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT EXCLUDING NONTRADITIONAL TOOLS.

Received R.E.T.I.R.E.M.E.N.T. presentation in honor of Executive Director Treanorís upcoming retirement; no public testimony.

4.

PRESENTATION BY THE CALIFORNIA ABALONE ASSOCIATION RE: A PROPOSED LIMITED COMMERCIAL ABALONE FISHERY AT SAN MIGUEL ISLAND.

Received presentation; received public testimony. The Department indicated that Option 8 had been added to the draft ARMP which would allow for this request, if adopted by the Commission. The Commission will consider adoption of the ARMP at its December meeting.

5.

REQUEST OF CALIFORNIA FISHERIES COALITION FOR THE COMMISSION TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER THE CHANNEL ISLANDS MPAS. (Note: Item to start at approximately 1:30 p.m. Discussion will be limited to no more than 1Ĺ hours.)

Received request; received Departmentís recommendation; received public testimony. Commission indicated it would be receiving an update on the monitoring of the Channel Islands MPAs at its December 9, 2005, meeting and no decision on this issue would be made until that time and only with a full Commission.

OTHER
6.

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

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

7. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

  (B)

UPDATE ON PFMC ACTIONS AND ITS 2007/08 GROUNDFISH REGULATORY CYCLE.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

  (C)

UPDATE ON WEST NILE VIRUS.

Received Departmentís report; no public testimony.

  (D)

UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA RECREATIONAL FISHERIES SURVEY (CRFS) RESULTS FOR 2005.

Received Departmentís report; received public testimony.

8. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
I. MARINE SUBCOMMITTEE.

Received Commissioner Rogerís report; received public testimony.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

No report.

9.

RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

10.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

Received Deputy Attorney General Cunninghamís report on the Open Meetings Act; no public testimony.