Chris Voss indicated that the California Abalone Association, with support from the Department, would be conducting an informal survey at the Farallon Islands, and will submit the data to assist in the MPA decision making process regarding the economic impact to the Farallon Islands.
Kenyon Hensel provided a handout to the Commission and discussed the need for nearshore permits to be made transferable as most commercial fishermen in California are advanced in age. He stated that there had been discussions at the Federal Council meetings regarding this issue, and also requested that the Commission make an exemption and assist Mr. Weaver regarding the transferability of his nearshore permit due to health issues.
Commissioner Sutton responded that reexamination of the Commission's restricted access policy would be on the Agenda at the December 13, 2007, Marine Resources Committee meeting in Monterey, and suggested that Mr. Hensel attend.
Deputy Director Mastrup responded that due to the moratorium, the Department did not have the authority to transfer Mr. Weaver's permit. He suggested that Mr. Hensel attend the next MRC meeting.
Eric Mills thanked the Commission for allowing public materials to be displayed at Commission meetings. He also suggested that Public Forum be heard on both days of the Commission meeting, and questioned the Department’s not enforcing the prohibition of importing diseased species and species not listed on the importation permit.
Paul Weakland submitted two handouts to the Commission and discussed his participation in the Abalone Advisory Committee meeting. He also commented that it was not necessary to conduct a survey on the Farallon Islands as the Department had previously conducted an extensive survey.