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Eric Sklar, President 
Saint Helena 
Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Vice President
Anthony C. Williams, Member 
Huntington Beach
Russell E. Burns, Member 
Peter S. Silva, Member 
Chula Vista
Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor

Fish and Game Commission

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Wildlife Heritage and Conservation 
Since 1870
Valerie Termini, Executive Director 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
(916) 653-4899

June 21-22, 2017

Howonquet Hall Community Center
101 Indian Court, Smith River 95567

The meeting will be live streamed at

* This agenda is revised to add a new agenda item 33, related to abalone, shown in bold, italicized font.

See important meeting deadlines and procedures at the end of the agenda. Unless otherwise indicated, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is identified as Department.
The Commission invites interested stakeholders to join a discussion on June 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Howonquet Hall to explore what may contribute to resiliency and long-term prosperity of fishing communities in northern California. The discussion is part of an ongoing dialogue to help clarify common concerns throughout the state and help inform future Commission action.

DAY 2 – JUNE 22, 2017, 9:00 A.M.
 Call to order/roll call to establish quorum
 Public forum for items not on agenda
The Commission may not discuss or take action on any matter raised during this item, except to decide whether to place the matter on the agenda of a future meeting. (Sections 11125, 11125.7(a), Government Code)    
  CONSENT ITEMS     Motion and Vote
Receive Department’s White Seabass Fishery Management Plan 2015-2016 Annual Review report (Pursuant to Section 5.9, Fishery Management Plan) 
Receive and approve request to transfer California Halibut Trawl Vessel Permit No.  BT0006 from Robert J. Drewisch to Justin M. Drewisch 
 Marine Resources Committee

(A) Work plan development

  1. Update on work plan and draft timeline
  2. Discuss and approve new topics
 Motion and Vote
 Santa Barbara Mariculture

(A) Update on application for new state water bottom lease for aquaculture adjacent  to existing State Water Bottom Lease No. M-653-02  

(B) Approve Department request for extension of State Water Bottom Lease No. M-653-02 for six months 
 Motion and Vote 
 Adopt proposed changes to crab and lobster recreational gear marking, and commercial lobster harbor restricted fishing area regulations (Sections 29.80 and 122, Title 14, CCR)
 Motion and Vote 
 Discuss proposed regulations for a process to automatically conform state recreational fishing regulations to federal regulations (Add Section 1.95, Title 14, CCR) 
 Authorize publication of notice of intent to adopt commercial sea cucumber regulations 
(Add Section 128, Title 14, CCR)
 Motion and Vote 
 Authorize publication of notice of intent to amend nearshore and deeper nearshore  fishing permit and appeal regulations 
(Sections 150, 150.02, 150.03 and 705, Title 14, CCR)
 Motion and Vote 
 Authorize publication of notice of intent to adopt commercial fisheries landing  requirements regulations 
(Add Section 197, Title 14, CCR)
 Motion and Vote 
 Discuss recent action by the Department director to continue closure of the commercial rock crab fishery north of Bodega Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid (Pursuant to subsection 5523(a)(2), Fish and Game Code) 
 Department update on the status of the recreational abalone fishery and  development of a red abalone fishery management plan 
 Marine items of interest from previous meetings
Marine petitions for regulation change from previous meetings 

(A)   Action on petitions for regulation change – none scheduled at this time  

(B)   Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff and Department for review 
  1.  August 6, 2014 petition from Mike McCorkle to reinstate incidental take allowance for ridgeback prawn in state trawl fisheries 
  2.  Petition #2015-006 to remove special closure regulations for Rockport Rocks 
  3.  Petition #2016-013 to permit use of cast nets south of Point Conception for consistency in all state marine waters
 Motion and Vote
 Marine non-regulatory requests from previous meetings 

(A) Action on non-regulatory requests  

(B) Action on pending non-regulatory requests referred to staff and the Department for review 
 Motion and Vote 
 Motion and Vote 
 Department informational items  

(A) Director’s report   

(B) Marine Region 
 Discuss and act on Commission administrative items 

(A)  Delegation of authority to executive director to provide comments on California  Law Review Commission recommendations    

(B)   Next meetings

(C)   Rulemaking timetable updates 

(D)   New business 

(E)  Other

  Motion and Vote 

  Motion and  Vote 
  Motion and Vote 
(Not Open to Public)
Pursuant to the authority of Government Code Section 11126(a)(1) and (e)(1), and Section 309 of the Fish and Game Code, the Commission will meet in closed Executive Session. The purpose of this Executive Session is to consider:
Pending litigation to which the Commission is a Party
  1. California Fish and Game Commission v. Central Coast Forest Assoc. and Big Creek Lumber Company (Coho listing, south of San Francisco) 

  2. Tri-State Crab Producers Assoc v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife; California Fish and Game Commission (Dungeness Crab "Fair Start" provision in 8279.1 of the Fish and Game Code). 

  3. Dennis Sturgell v. California Fish and Game Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Office of Administrative Hearings (revocation of Dungeness crab vessel permit No. CT0544-T1)

  4. Kele Young v. California Fish and Game Commission, et al. (restricted species inspection fee waiver)

  5. Public Interest Coalition v. California Fish and Game Commission (California Environmental Quality Act)

  6. California Cattlemen's Association, et al. v. California Fish and Game Commission (gray wolf listing)

Possible litigation involving the Commission
Deliberation on license and permit items

Note: As meeting dates and locations can change, please visit for the most current list of meeting dates and locations.

July 13

Predator Policy Workgroup
California Department of Parks and Recreation Redwood Conference Room, 14th Floor 1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
July 20

Marine Resources
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
2777 Fourth Street Santa Rosa, CA 95405

August 16-17
Resources Building
Auditorium, First Floor
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

September 13

Wildlife Resources
California Tower
3737 Main Street
Highgrove Room 200
Riverside, CA 92501

October 10

SpringHill Suites by Marriott 
900 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422

October 11-12
SpringHill Suites by Marriott 
900 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422

November 9

Marine Resources

December 6-7
Handlery Hotel
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • September 10-13, Sandyt, UT
Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • September 12-18, Boise, ID
  • November 14-20, Costa Mesa, CA
Pacific Flyway Council
  • August 25, Spokane, WA
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • July 6-11, Vail, CO
Wildlife Conservation Board
  • August 24, Sacramento, CA
  • November 30, Sacramento, CA