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.
Mike Lucia on behalf of the City of Dunsmuir, requested a
regulation change to open the upper Sacramento River for
catch-and-release, artificial barbless fishing from November 16th
through the last Friday in April. He provided the Commission with a
Resolution from the City of Dunsmuir.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the regional office is
aware of the request, but that it would require sportfishing
regulatory amendments outside the discretion of the Department.
President Kellogg directed staff to look into the request and
report back to the Commission at its next meeting. (Note: Commission
will move forward with this report and will consider adoption at its
June 25, 2004 meeting in Crescent City.)
George Wolff requested that the Commission consider additional
deer hunt tags, free of charge for disabled veterans.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Department has looked
into revising the allocation system for deer tags in regard to
seniors, but due to legal issues, changes would require legislation.
President Kellogg commented that other states have these special
senior programs, and that perhaps the Department should sponsor new
legislation. He directed staff to provide a status report to the
Commission on respective upcoming legislation.
Norm Carr requested an amendment to the transportation receipt
weight requirements. He stated that his commercial fishing business is
located in a land locked area so he must transport his fish by truck
to the buyers, making it impossible to get an accurate weight, which
is now required by Department; and he stated that he and others in
that area are getting cited. He indicated that he has met with several
wardens and have not come up with any solution. He requested this item
be added to the next agenda.
President Kellogg asked the Department if they could be allowed
to have an estimated weight.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the statutes were changed
this year and the wardens must enforce the statutes as written. He
indicated that it is the statutes that need to be changed and stated
that the Department would be in touch with Mr. Carr for further
Ken Willis requested the Commission consider a late season
flintlock weapon deer hunt in the M11 zone, to include at least 300
tags. He provided a handout to the Commission.
Virginia Handley provided an update on the status of the live animal
markets in the Bay Area and stated these markets continue to sell
illegal turtles and frogs and do not have the required signage posted.
She indicated that other states and countries have banned the
importation of frogs and turtles to protect native species and
California should do the same. She requested this item be added to a
future Commission agenda.
President Kellogg suggested that the animal rights community
come up with legislation which would fund enforcement in these
Paul Weakland commented that recently a poacher was brought to
court and was in jeopardy of losing his commercial fishing license and
that he was let off the hook because the warden didn't show up to the
trial. He reiterated that the Department has held public meetings on
abalone for ten years and no questions have been answered to date.