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.
Paul Strasser provided comments that the whitefish closure during the rockfish closure does not make any sense and requested that the fishery be reopened because in his experience they don't have a bycatch of rockfish.
Chris Hoeflinger provided comments on the nearshore fishery and objected to the Department of Fish and Game's proposed procedure for amending sections 52.10, 150.06 and 150.16, Title 14, CCR, on the basis that it violates the procedures for amending these sections as set forth in the Nearshore Fishery Management Plan, which was recently adopted by the Commission. He commented that trip limits have expired and that it is important to have them and suggested reconvening the Nearshore Fishery Advisory Committee to develop additional options that better meet the goals of the NFMP.
Chris Miller commented on the Marine Region's priority issues, the lobster management plan may be awhile, and requested the Commission consider writing a letter to the Coastal Commission regarding review and comment on any plans affecting eel grass meadows for protection of lobster rearing habitat.
Fred Wendell pointed out that the Department has the opportunity to review the beach replenishment documents now, and suggested working with the Marine Region instead of sending a letter to the Coastal Commission.
Harry Liquornik recommended amendments to the Master Plan: when advisory panels are involved in the development of FMP's or Plan amendments the advisory panels should be directly involved in the development of alternatives for the FMP; the Preferred Alternative should continue to be developed in any manner the Department sees fit; advisory panel comments should go to the Peer review as a whole along with any summaries of comments; the advisory panels should also be involved with FMP revisions based on peer review comments; and at least one Commission hearing to determine adequacy of Draft FMP or plan amendment to trigger the Peer review process.
Bob Strickland provided comments on the boat bag limits and the recent constituent meeting. He suggested a word change from passengers to licensees which would allow the crew to also take fish.
Marci Yaremko provided a followup on the committee meeting that is working on the boat bag limit process and will report to the Commission in August.
Paul Weakland commented that the Department destroys records after four years, which is a bureaucratic double shuffle. He also commented on the State's budgetary crisis.
Zeke Grader commented on the nearshore fishery permit appeal issue and how some fishermen who have a long history of fishing don't qualify for permits and recommended that the long history of a fisherman in a fishery should be taken into consideration when approving/denying permits.