Ross Smith stated that it was his opinion that the decline
of rockfish was the fault of commercial fishermen. He commented that
recreational fishermen have been blamed for these problems for too
long with no evidence. He requested that the Commission keep the
nearshore recreational rockfish season open 12 months a year.
David Crabbe stated that two squid lightboats in the
Monterey area did not qualify for permits under the new window period
adopted as part of the squid FMP. He asked if this was a mistake as he
believed the original intention was for the lightboat window period to
mirror that of the seiners.
Sal Tringale indicated that he was one of the boat owners
who do not qualify because of the new window period. He explained that
he was unaware that this criterion was in the package the Commission
considered and then later adopted. He asked if the window period could
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that any changes to the
qualifying window period for squid light boat permits would require a
Commissioner Hattoy asked if this particular situation
could be handled through the existing appeal hearing process.
Executive Director Treanor responded that these fishermen
should submit their applications to the Department and they should
address any mitigating circumstances regarding the qualifying criteria
for the squid light boat permits. He indicated that if the Department
denied the applications, the Commission would schedule an appeal
hearing at which time the Commission can provide direction to its
Hearing Officer on how to handle this situation.
Walt Mansell discussed the importance of continuing the
joint meeting with the Board of Forestry. He explained that
cooperation between these agencies is essential for the health of
Californiaís resources. He cautioned against too many man-made
changes in crucial wildlife habitat.
Jim Martin requested that the Commission increase the daily
bag limit for salmon on the Sacramento River. He also requested maps
for all areas under consideration in the current MPA process.
Vice President Flores responded that there are several
special meetings which have been scheduled on the river in Redding,
Sacramento and Rio Vista. He indicated that the request to increase
the daily bag limit for salmon on the Sacramento River could be
incorporated into one of these meetings.
Executive Director Treanor indicated that maps would be
available at the upcoming Commission meetings addressing the MPAs.
Bob Strickland requested a status report on his prior
requests to increase the surf perch bag limit for recreational shore
anglers to 10 fish, south of the San Francisco Bay. He requested an
emergency action to address the situation.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Commission had
directed the Department to work on his request, but he did not have
the information at hand. He indicated that he would provide a report
at the Commission meeting on Thursday.
Executive Director Treanor explained that Mr.
Stricklandís request does not qualify for emergency regulatory
action under Section 240 of the CA Fish and Game Code, but that it
could be considered under a normal regulatory process this year.
Bob Strickland asked if the illegal take of salmon in the
Sacramento River would be addressed at the special meetings in
Sacramento, Redding or RioVista. He also inquired if any of those
meetings had been scheduled.
Chief Nancy Foley responded that the meetings will all be
scheduled before September and that any resulting regulatory proposals
would be presented at the Commissionís December meeting.
Paul Weakland provided several handouts to the Commission.
He discussed the history of abalone research and asked why agenda
items regarding abalone are always scheduled toward the end of the
Executive Director Treanor responded that the status report
on the draft Abalone Recovery and Management Plan is on the current
agenda as Item Number 8(a) out of 25 agenda items.