Mike Rees asked if the Department accepted NMFS studies and
resultant data on salmon and habitat or does it do its own studies.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Department is
part of the Council process providing data but not publishing its own
Walt Mansell spoke on fire proofing our forests,
alternative solutions to the proposed mile wide firebreak, and the
decision by the National Park Service to remove big game animals from
the Channel Islands. He suggested that utilization of sport hunters
would be a better alternative.
Dr. Rick Staub requested an update on his proposal to the
Department to add the California Mountain King Snake and the Rubber
Boa to the Captive Propagation Permit. He suggested a reptile
collection license or stamp. He proposed the addition of the Southern
Water Snake to the Detrimental Species List.
President Flores asked Deputy Director Mastrup for the
status of Dr. Staubís proposal.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that reptile concerns are
low-priority issues and that now Dr. Staub has submitted the CEQA
document, the Department will move forward with his request.
Commissioner Gustafson questioned the protocol for
Commissioner Rogers suggested informal meetings with
Department staff to research solutions for establishing priorities.
Commissioner Gustafson requested a timeline from the
Commission staff regarding the facts associated with this proposal so
that the Commissioners could review it to determine a more efficient
course of action.
Christopher Voss spoke on the proposed abalone fishery at
San Miguel Island. He explained that CAA developed a MOA between the
Department and CAA but the DFG legal staff rejected it. He requested
the Commission to direct the Department to work with their lawyers in
developing language that meets the necessary legal requirements so
that monies allocated to the organization can be utilized.
Robert Treanor stated that an MOU was done for the sea
Commissioner Rogers questioned Deputy Director Mastrup
regarding the status of this proposal.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the MOA concept is
no longer legal under the new administrative procedures rules. He
indicated that the Department would continue to move forward with
finding a solution.
April Wakeman requested an update from the Department on
the implementation of the halibut-trawl bill at the Commissionís
Tom Raftican requested that the Commission hold the
Department accountable for implementation of the halibut-trawl fishing
bill because it is budgeted at $25 billion annually.
Deputy Director Mastrup stated that the Department has
responded in writing to the UASC indicating that it does not have the
resources to implement the bill.
John Duffy supported amendments to regulations regarding
light boat permits and sea urchin.
Executive Director John Carlson indicated that these items
will be addressed under Agenda Item 5.
Paul Weakland expressed his concerns regarding the turban
snails fishery and the cancellation of the May Marine Resources
Bob Strickland thanked the Department and the Commission
for progress with surfperch regulations which will be implemented on
May 21 and asked the Commission to develop a halibut fishery
management plan that would benefit recreational anglers.
Jim Martin provided the Commission with a handout
containing public testimony on sturgeon regulations.
Executive Director John Carlson asked if anyone from the
audience wished to speak, and there was no reply.