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

Fish and Game Commission

Wildlife Heritage and Conservation 
Since 1870

Valerie Termini, Executive Director 
P.O. Box 944209 
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090 
(916) 653-4899 

April 18-19, 20189:00 AM

Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort
1050 Schooner Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

The meeting will be live streamed at

* This agenda is revised to reflect a field trip on Wednesday, April 18.

NOTE: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.

Field Trip: At 4:00 p.m. or immediately following the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, whichever is later, the Commission will participate in a field trip at the Ventura Port District (1603 Anchors Way Drive). The field trip will begin at the harbor district office with a brief presentation on making fishing communities more resilient into the future, including harbor district infrastructure improvements, followed by a walking or boat tour. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

DAY 1 - APRIL 18, 2018, 9:00 AM

 Call to order/roll call to establish quorum

 Approve agenda and order of items
 Motion and Vote
2. 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
3.Approve state water bottom lease No. M-653-02 for Santa Barbara Mariculture 
(leasing of state water bottom was previously approved by the Commission) 
(Pursuant to sections 15400 and 15406, Fish and Game Code)

4.Approve request from The Abalone Farm, Inc. to renew the company's lease for Kelp Beds 204 and 207 for exclusive privilege to harvest kelp for a period of five years (Pursuant to subsection 165.5(i), Title 14, CCR) 

5.Receive and approve The Abalone Farm Inc.'s updated five-year kelp harvesting plan required for mechanical harvest of kelp (Pursuant to subsection 165(c)(6), Title 14, CCR) 

6.Receive and approve The Cultured Abalone Farm LLC's updated five-year kelp harvesting plan required for mechanical harvest of kelp (Pursuant to subsection 165(c)(6), Title 14, CCR) 

7.Receive and approve request to transfer Ca lifornia Halibut Bottom Trawl Vessel Permit No. BT0051 for F/V Tabitha from Diane Reinertsen to Geoff Bettencourt (Pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8494) 

8. Tribal Committee       Motion and Vote

(A)Work plan development
I.Update on work plan and draft timeline
II.Discuss and approve new topics

9. Marine Resources Committee       Motion and Vote

(A)March 2018 meeting summary
I.Receive and adopt recommendations
(B)Work plan development
I.Update on work plan and draft timeline
II.Discuss and approve new topics
10. Authorize publication of notice of intent to amend regulations concerning tribal take in marine protected areas 
(Subsections 632(b)(33), (b)(34), (b)(97), (b)(98), (b)(112) and (b)(117), Title 14, CCR)
 Motion and Vote
11. Authorize publication of notice of intent to amend regulations concerning Rockport Rocks Special Closure 
(Subsection 632(b)(17), Title 14, CCR) 
 Motion and Vote
12. Adopt emergency regulations concerning recreational take of purple sea urchin to support kelp recovery 
(Add Section 29.11, Title 14, CCR) 
 Motion and Vote
13. Discuss the scope and content of a red abalone fishery management plan 
(Pursuant to Section 7075, et seq., Fish and Game Code)
Motion and Vote
14. Discuss draft 2018 Marine Life Management Act Master Plan

15. Department update on annual recreational ocean salmon and Pacific halibut regulations established through automatic conformance to federal regulations 

16. Informational presentation from the International Boundary and Water Commission regarding Tijuana River Estuary water quality challenges 

17. Marine items of interest from previous meetings

(A)Harmful algal blooms: Summary of workshop held March 22-23, 2018

 Motion and Vote
(A)Action on petitions for regulation change

I.Petition #2017-011, Part B: Limit re creational abalone methods of take to shore-only and non-motorized vessels or floats
II.Petition #2018-001: Exempt shore- based anglers from salmon closures at the mouths of the Smith, Klamath and Eel rivers
(B)Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff and the Department for review
I.Petition #2017-006: Add European green crab to the list of restricted species 

19. Marine non-regulatory requests from previous meetings 

(A)Action on non-regulatory requests
(A)Action on pending non-regulatory requests referred to staff and the Department for review 

20. Department informational items (marine)

(A) Director's report
(B) Marine Region
I.Update on the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program
II.Department determination and reco mmendation of an emerging fishery declaration for commercial non-cancer crab, pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 7090
(C) Law Enforcement Division

21. Announce results from Executive Session 




This is the 149th year of operation of the Commission in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our goal is the preservation of our heritage and conservation of our natural resources through informed decision making; Commission meetings are vital in achieving that goal. In that spirit, we provide the following information to be as effective and efficient toward that end. Welcome and please let us know if you have any questions.

Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation to participate in public meetings or other Commission activities are invited to contact the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at (916) 651-1214. Requests for facility and/or meeting accessibility should be received at least 10 working days prior to the meeting to ensure the request can be accommodated.

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The public is encouraged to comment on any agenda item. Submit written comments by one of the following methods: E-mail to; mail to California Fish and Game Commission, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090; deliver to California Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814; or hand-deliver to a Commission meeting. Materials provided to the Commission may be made available to the general public

The Written Comment Deadline for this meeting is 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2018. Written comments received at the Commission office by this deadline will be made available to Commissioners prior to the meeting.

After these deadlines, written comments may be delivered in person to the meeting - Please bring two (2) copies of written comments to one of the teleconference locations.

Visual presentations will not be allowed at this meeting.

To speak on an agenda item, please complete a "Speaker Card" and give it to the designated staff member before the agenda item is announced. Cards will be available near the entrance of the meeting room. Only one speaker card is necessary for speaking to multiple items.

  1. Speakers will be called in groups; please line up when your name is called.
  2. When addressing the Commission, give your nam e and the name of any organization you represent, and provide your comments on the item under consideration.
  3. If there are several speakers with the same concerns, please appoint a spokesperson and avoid repetitive testimony.
  4. The presiding commissioner will allot between one and three minutes per speaker per agenda item, subject to the following exceptions:
    1. The presiding commissioner may allow up to five minutes to an individual speaker if a minimum of three individuals who are present when the agenda item is called have ceded their time to the designated spokesperson, andthe individuals ceding time forfeit their right to speak to the agenda item.
    2. Individuals may receive advance approval for additional time to speak if requests for additional time to speak are received by email or delivery to the Commission office by the Late Comment Deadline. The president or designee will approve or deny the request no later than 5:00 p.m. two days prior to the meeting.
    3. An individual requiring an interpreter is entitled to at least twice the allotted time pursuant to Government Code Section 11125.7(c).
    4. An individual may receive additional time to speak to an agenda item at the request of any commissioner.
  5. If you are presenting handouts/written material to the Commission at the meeting, please provide two (2) copies to the designated staff member just prior to speaking.