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POSSIBLE FIELD TRIP: April 11, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westside Road, Bodega Bay. The public is invited to attend, but will have to provide its own transportation.

 
Meeting of
April 12, 2007  (Thursday)
10:00 a.m.
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University of California, Davis
Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory - Lecture Hall
2099 Westside Road
Bodega Bay

AGENDA

ALL MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DISCUSSION ITEMS

NOTE : Items may be heard on either day and in any order pursuant to the determination of the Commission President.

   1.

PUBLIC FORUM– Any member of the public may address and/or ask questions of the Commission relating to the implementation of its policies or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission. As a general rule, action cannot be taken on issues not listed on the agenda. Staff will normally be requested to follow up on such items at the discretion of the Commission. Submittal of written comments is encouraged to ensure that all comments will be included in the record before the Commission. Please be prepared to summarize your comments to the time allocated by the President.

   2.

MARINE LIFE PROTECTION ACT – BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE UPDATE BY KEN WISEMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

   3. ADOPTION/RATIFICATION OF COMMISSION FINDINGS, RE: REJECTION OF PETITION TO DELIST COHO SALMON (Oncorhynchus kisutch) SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.
   4. RECEIPT OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY REGARDING THE PETITION TO DELIST SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS SALAMANDER (Plethodon stormi) AS A THREATENED SPECIES.
   5. PURSUANT TO SECTION 2074.2 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, CONSIDERATION OF DEPARTMENT'S INITIAL REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION ON THE PETITION TO LIST THE SCOTT BAR SALAMANDER (Plethodon asupak) AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.
   6. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST OF THE BAY INSTITUTE, CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, PURSUANT TO SECTION 2076.5 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, TO TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION TO UPLIST THE DELTA SMELT (Hypomesus transpacificus) FROM THREATENED TO ENDANGERED AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY ACTION TO AMEND SECTION 670.5, TITLE 14, CCR.
   7.

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

(A)   IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW OF COMMISSION POLICIES.

OTHER
   8.

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

9. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
   (A) UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.
   (B) UPDATE ON PFMC ISSUES, INCLUDING 2007 SALMON SEASON.
   (C) UPDATE ON ENFORCEMENT.
   (D) UPDATE ON THE SAN MIGUEL ISLAND ABALONE RESOURCE.
   (E)

UPDATE ON PUBLIC NOTICE PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSED REGULATORY CHANGES.

   (F)

UPDATE ON SALTON SEA .

   (G) UPDATE ON REGULATIONS REGARDING TIMBER HARVEST PLANS AND COHO SALMON PURSUANT TO FISH AND GAME CODE SECTION 2112.
   (H) HALIBUT TRAWL BILL UPDATE.
   (I) UPDATE ON AUTOMATED LICENSING AND DATA SYSTEM (ALDS) IMPLEMENTATION .
   (J) OTHER.

   Public Comment

   10. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
  (A)

STAFF REPORTS.

  (B) OTHER.
   11. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
  (A)

MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

  (B)

AL TAUCHER'S PRESERVING HUNTING AND SPORT FISHING OPPORTUNITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE.

   12. RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
   13.

RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

   14. NEW BUSINESS.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION
  (NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC)

 
PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY OF GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 11126(a)(1) and (e)(1), AND SECTION 309 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, THE COMMISSION WILL MEET IN CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS EXECUTIVE SESSION IS TO CONSIDER:
  A. PENDING LITIGATION TO WHICH THE COMMISSION IS A PARTY:
    I.

SANFORD WINSTON, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: SPOT PRAWN TRAWL.

    II. CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: TIGER SALAMANDER.
    III. CALIFORNIA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COHO SALMON.
    IV. JACK MORICI vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COMMERCIAL FISHING LICENSE.
    V. BIG CREEK LUMBER COMPANY AND CENTRAL COAST FOREST ASSOC. vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: COHO LISTING, SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO.
    VI. LINDY O’LEARY vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: R.R.S.A.C. AND R.R.S.S. PERMIT DENIALS.
    VII. NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, ET AL., vs. CALIFORNIA FISH AND GAME COMMISSION RE: CALIFORNIA CONDORS EXPOSURE TO LEAD AMMUNITION.
 
B.
POSSIBLE LITIGATION INVOLVING THE COMMISSION.
  C. STAFF PERFORMANCE AND COMPENSATION.
  D.

RECEIPT OF HEARING OFFICER RECOMMENDATIONS ON LICENSE AND PERMIT ITEMS.

    I. RICHARD MIRKOVICH, TRANSFERABLE MARKET SQUID LIGHT BOAT PERMIT.
    II. ALLEN WELLE, TRANSFERABLE LOBSTER OPERATOR PERMIT.
    III.

DREW BRANDY, RECONSIDERATION OF DEEPER NEARSHORE SPECIES FISHERY PERMIT.

       
   

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** The Commission may break for lunch at approximately 12:00 noon .

NOTE: The public is encouraged to comment on any item on the agenda. In order for the Commission to adequately consider public comments, the public is requested to submit written comments no later than eight days prior to the meeting. Written comments received fewer than eight days preceding the meeting will be submitted to the Commission at the meeting; however, Commission staff is unable to deliver material received one day before and on the day of the meeting to the Commissioners when the meeting is not in Sacramento . Please send your comments to be received no later than two days before the meeting.

If you decide to speak at the Commission meeting, please begin by giving your name and affiliation (if any) and the number of people represented by your organization. Then tell the Commission your concerns in five minutes or less. Time allotted for each agenda item depends upon the number of speakers for each item and the length of the agenda. The Commission is interested in your views; don't worry about how to say them. If several people have spoken, try not to be repetitious. If there are several with the same concerns, please try to appoint a spokesperson. The Commission is particularly interested in the specific reasons you are for or against a proposal because the Commission's decision needs to be based on specific reasons.

If you would like to present handouts/written material to the Commission at the meeting, please provide eight (8) copies.