Jeff Shellito discussed Cal Trout’s participation in a coalition supporting the efforts to raise wardens’ salaries and working conditions. He stated that 843 letters were generated by Cal Trout to Conference Committee members and the governor in support of this effort.
Dennis Byrne expressed his concerns with the decline of the Pismo clam fishery, and requested that the Commission allocate funds to review and develop a survey on the health of the fishery.
Ann Marie Astells discussed the lack of accessibility for disabled hunters and fishermen, as well as the need to change the application process for the drawing of deer tags for disabled sportsmen. She requested that the Commission bring these issues to the forefront.
Bruce Cotton expressed his concerns with the Department’s application process regarding the drawing of deer tags for disabled hunters, and requested that they be changed so that both the assistant and disabled hunter would be drawn for the same zone. He also requested that the Department coordinate with other agencies in making fishing areas more accessible to the disabled.
President Rogers requested that the Department provide a report regarding the application process for deer tags.
Paul Weakland stated that questions regarding the withering syndrome had not been answered by the Abalone Recovery Management Plan. He also commented on the new laws for the disabled and the lateness of the California Commercial Fishing Digest. He requested the immediate opening of several Bay area counties for the harvest of abalone.