Bruce Steele discussed the effects ocean acidification would have on the ecosystem over the next 100 years, and the need for policy makers to look at the seriousness that acidification represents for ocean issues.
John Gentry requested that the Commission allow him to enter the Sea Urchin fishery lottery, using his 17-years of experience as a diver, in lieu of the two-year crew member requirement.
President Rogers responded that the Commission would refer this to Deputy Attorney General Cunningham.
Dominic Salluce, representing Mr. Francesco Licata on the denial of his application for a Halibut Bottom Trawl Vessel Permit, requested that the Commission grant Mr. Licata a hearing regarding reinstating his permit for halibut trawl bottom fishing due to his 47-years of experience as a commercial fisherman.
President Rogers responded that the Commission would refer Mr. Licata’s request for a hearing to Deputy Attorney General Cunningham.
Chris Voss stated that in order to save and manage fisheries effectively, a community-based approach needs be taken, with sustainability of the fisheries as the primary goal.
Annette Thompson requested that the Commission restrict sport fishing within the City of Oakland due to limited fish populations.
Rick Staub requested that the Department add two species to the Captive Propagation Permit for reptiles in California, and also requested that the Department add a stamp for reptiles and amphibians to the sport fishing license.
Deputy Director Sonke Mastrup responded that these requests are not high priorities for the Department at this time.
Eric Mills asked about the status of the proposed rulemaking to add live animal market species to the restricted species list. He discussed the Department’s need to eradicate the African clawed frogs in Golden Gate Park. He also requested that Judd Hanna be reappointed to the Commission.
Virgina Handley discussed and opposed Mr. Hanna’s removal from the Commission.
Harry Liquornik requested that the California Sea Urchin Commission’s request for minor regulatory changes be agendized. He also thanked the Commission for having the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) meeting in Santa Barbara, and stated that he looks forward to working with the MRC regarding Restricted Access Fisheries.
Paul Weakland provided a handout regarding limpets and turban snails, and requested the immediate opening of several Bay Area counties to the harvest of abalone.
Tom Raftican indicated that he is working in coalition with several sport fishing organizations in conducting a survey regarding the MLPA and recreational fishing. He stated that the majority of both adults and anglers support establishing parks and designated areas where the ocean environment would be subject to greater restriction.