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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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The James W. Kellogg Training Center
935 Detroit Ave
Concord, CA

SUMMARY OF MEETING

1.

PUBLIC FORUM

Tom Raftican indicated that despite the letter submitted by NRDC at the Commissionís November meeting, United Anglers stands by their position of opposition regarding the Departmentís actions at past PFMC meetings.

Virginia Handley requested that agenda item number 26, regarding wildlife rehabilitation be pulled from the consent calendar as there are several options which are not currently included in the notice of intent.

Commission unanimously supported Ms. Handleyís request.

Phil Martinelli indicated his concern that the Department issued 40 turkey depredation permits despite National Wild Turkey Federationís offer to trap and relocate nuisance turkeys. He provided the Commission with handout material.

Deputy Director Mastrup responded that these particular depredation permits were issued by an employee who was not aware of the Departmentís policy. He added that this problem has been corrected and emphasized that the Department will continue to educate and promote wild turkey reintroduction.

Eric Mills supported Ms. Handleyís request and requested the Commission place a moratorium on the importation of bullfrogs and turtles to live animal markets in California. He also requested that the Department eradicate the African Clawed frogs from the San Francisco Lilly Pond. He requested that the Commission re-agendize the proposed ban on the use of roboducks in California , and handed out a flyer on the ban in Arkansas , implemented only this year.

Deputy Director Mastrup indicated that the Department is currently working on a successful eradication attempt while trying to keep a low profile due to the potential spread of the frogs. He explained that the City has been very cooperative but emphasized that there is no money in the budget for these important eradication plans.

Paul Weakland commented that he thought Director Broddrick and Deputy Director Stein should be present for Executive Director Treanorís last meeting before retirement. He also requested that the Department respond to the request for fishery management plans for the keyhole limpet and turban snails.

2.

PRESENTATION BY PETER LEIPZIG, FISHERMENíS MARKETING ASSOCIATION, RE:  THE PINK SHRIMP TRAWL FISHERY.

Received presentation from Mr. Leipzig; received public testimony.

3.

REQUEST OF RICHARD SPARHAWK, SAN DIEGO, FOR APPROVAL OF METHODOLOGY TO IDENTIFY HIS ABALONE AS AN AQUACULTURE PRODUCT PURSUANT TO SECTION 238(e), TITLE 14, CCR, AND FOR A DETERMINATION RE:  CEQA COMPLIANCE FOR HIS PROJECT.

Received request from Mr. Sparhawk; received public testimony. The Department indicated that it had not had time to adequately evaluate Mr. Sparhawkís proposal and requested a continuance of his request. The Commission directed the Department to work with Mr. Sparhawk and provide their recommendations at the Commissionís February meeting.

4.

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

  (A) COMMISSION DESIGNATED WILD TROUT WATERS
  (B) COOPERATIVELY OPERATED REARING PROGRAMS FOR SALMON AND STEELHEAD
  (C) WILDERNESS AREAS
  (D) CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERING APPEALS OF PERMANENT REVOCATION OF A COMMERCIAL LICENSE OR PERMIT
  (E) COMMERCIAL FISHING AND PACKING INDUSTRIES
  (F) COMMISSION AGENDA
  (G) COMMISSION OFFICE STAFFING
  (H) LEGISLATION
  (I) AL TAUCHERíS PRESERVING HUNTING AND SPORT FISHING OPPORTUNITIES
 

Received Departmentís report on policies (A) and (C) through (I); received public testimony.

5.

CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO COMMISSION POLICIES RE: KELP AND MARINE ECOLOGICAL RESERVES.

Received public testimony. Commission unanimously approved the proposed policy amendments.

6.

RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT'S TENTATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ANTLERLESS/EITHER-SEX DEER HUNTS FOR 2006-2007.

Received Departmentís recommendation; no public testimony. Commissioner Flores indicated that he would like to add a junior elk hunt next fall and a junior turkey hunt sometime next year, as well as adding a late season archery hunt. He also directed the Department to look at changing the junior license eligibility date for tag draws to include younger hunters.

7.

ANNUAL REVIEW OF WHITE STURGEON WILD BROODSTOCK COLLECTION PROGRAM AND CONSIDERATION OF CONTINUATION OF THE PROGRAM WITH AUTHORIZATION OF BROODSTOCK COLLECTION PERMITS.

Received annual review; received public testimony. Commission unanimously approved the continuation of the program and authorized the proposed broodstock collection permit.

8.

CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF THE DRAFT ABALONE RECOVERY AND MANAGEMENT PLAN.

Received the draft ARMP with latest amendments; received public testimony. Commission approved the ARMP with Alternative 8 and specified amendments to Section 7.1.2 and reference tables 7-2 and 7-4.

OTHER
9. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  (A)

UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

No report.

  (B)

UPDATE ON PFMC ACTIONS.

Received report; no public testimony.

  (C)

STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF MLMA AND NEARSHORE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PLAN.

No report. Departments requested the opportunity to provide the report at the Commissionís March 2006, meeting.

  (D)

UPDATE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF AB 1431 HALIBUT TRAWL GEAR.

Received written report; no public testimony.

10. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.

  (B)

STAFF REPORTS.

Executive Director Treanor indicated that the Commission had received from AGP video, all of its 2005 meetings through November on DVD. He explained that a motion would be in order to accept the DVDs as the permanent minutes.

Deputy Attorney General Cunningham explained that the DVDs are a more complete, effective collection of history and requested an official resolution from the Commission recognizing them as the minutes in lieu of written minutes.

Commission unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the DVD recordings of the Commissionís meetings as the official minutes.

11.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

No report.

12.

POSSIBLE COMMISSION INTERVIEWS OF PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES AND POSSIBLE SELECTION OF THE COMMISSIONíS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Executive Director Treanor indicated that this agenda item had been rescheduled for a Special Commission Meeting on December 21, 2005 , in Sacramento .