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California Fish and Game Commission
MEETING AGENDA
August 19-20, 2020

Webinar and Teleconference
The California Fish and Game Commission is conducting this meeting by webinar and teleconference to avoid a public gathering and protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, consistent with Executive Order N-33-20.

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, commissioners may participate in meetings remotely. The public may provide public comment during the public comment periods, and otherwise observe remotely consistent with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.


The meeting will be live streamed; visit www.fgc.ca.gov the day of the meeting. To provide public comment during the meeting, please join via Zoom Webinar or by telephone. Please click here for instructions on how to join the meeting.

Note: See important meeting deadlines, including written public comment deadlines, and procedures at the end of the agenda starting on page 8. Unless otherwise indicated, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is identified as Department.

DAY 1 – August 19, 2020, 10:00 AM
Call to order/roll call to establish quorum
1. Consider approving agenda and order of items
2. General public comment for items not on agenda
  Receive public comment regarding topics within the Commission’s authority that are not included on the agenda.
Note: 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 and 11125.7(a), Government Code).
3. Executive director’s report
  Receive updates from the executive director.
CONSENT ITEMS
4. Recreational purple sea urchin emergency (90-day extension)
Consider adopting a 90-day extension of the emergency regulations concerning recreational take of purple sea urchin at Caspar Cove, Mendocino County emergency regulations.
(Amend Section 29.06, Title 14, CCR)
5. White Seabass Fishery Management Plan
Receive the Department’s White Seabass Fishery Management Plan 2018-2019 annual review.
(Pursuant to Section 5.9, White Seabass Fishery Management Plan)
6. Department informational items (marine)
The Department will highlight marine items of note since the last Commission meeting.
  (A) Director’s report
  (B) Marine Region
I. Marine Species Portal
  (C) Law Enforcement Division
7. Annual tribal planning meeting
Report on the annual tribal planning meeting held pursuant to the Commission’s Tribal Consultation Policy.
8. Tribal Committee
Receive summary and consider approving recommendations from August 18, 2020 committee meeting. Discuss referred topics and consider revisions to topics and timing.
  (A) Previous committee meeting report
  (B) Committee work plan
9. Marine Resources Committee
Receive summary and consider approving recommendation from July 29, 2020 committee meeting. Discuss referred topics and consider revisions to topics and timing.
  (A) Previous committee meeting report
  (B) Committee work plan
10. Recreational red abalone
Consider authorizing publication of notice of intent to amend the recreational take of red abalone fishery closure sunset date regulation.
(Amend Section 29.15, Title 14, CCR)
11. Recreational Dungeness crab
Consider authorizing publication of notice of intent to amend recreational take of Dungeness crab regulations intended to provide additional whale and turtle protections in the trap fishery.
(Amend sections 29.80, 29.85, and 701, Title 14, CCR)
Note: The Department is expected to propose that the regulations apply to all crab species.
12. Recreational and commercial groundfish
Discuss proposed changes to regulations for the recreational and commercial take of federal groundfish and associated species.
(Amend sections 27.30, 27.35, 27.45, 28.27, 28.28, 28.54, 28.55, 28.65, and 150.16, Title 14, CCR)
13. Pacific leatherback sea turtle
Consider and potentially act on the petition, the Department’s evaluation report, and comments received, to determine whether listing Pacific leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) as a threatened or endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) may be warranted. (Pursuant to sections 2074 and 2074.2, Fish and Game Code)
Note: if the Commission determines listing may be warranted, a one-year status review will commence before the final decision on listing is made.
14. Marine petitions for regulation change
Consider requests submitted by members of the public to adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation. (Pursuant to Section 662, Title 14, CCR)
  (A) Action on current petitions None scheduled at this time
  (B) Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff or the Department for review
    I. Petition #2020-001: Emergency regulation for increased take of purple sea urchin in select sites in Monterey
    II. Petition #2018-013(b): Commercial ridgeback prawn fishing hours
15. Marine non-regulatory requests from previous meetings
Consider non-regulatory requests submitted by members of the public at previous meetings.
  (A) Action on non-regulatory requests
  (B) Action on pending non-regulatory requests referred to staff or the Department for review – None scheduled at this time
16. Recreational sea urchin
Consider authorizing publication of notice of intent to amend regulations concerning recreational take of sea urchin at Caspar Cove, Mendocino County and Tanker’s Reef, Monterey County.
(Amend sections 29.05 and 29.06, Title 14, CCR)
   
Recess
DAY 2 – August 20, 2020, 8:30 AM

Call to order/roll call to establish quorum
17. General public comment for items not on agenda
Receive public comment regarding topics within the Commission’s authority that are not included on the agenda.

Note: 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 and 11125.7(a), Government Code).
CONSENT ITEMS
18. Kenwood marsh checkerbloom
Receive Department’s five-year status review for Kenwood marsh checkerbloom (Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida), which is listed as an endangered species under CESA. (Pursuant to Section 2077, Fish and Game Code)
19. Quino checkerspot butterfly
  (A) Receive a petition to list Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) as a threatened or endangered species under CESA.
(Pursuant to Section 2073.3, Fish and Game Code, and subsection 670.1(c), Title 14, CCR)
  (B) Consider approving the Department’s request for a 30-day extension to review the petition.
(Pursuant to Section 2073.5, Fish and Game Code)
20. Mohave desert tortoise
Receive the Department’s 90-day evaluation report for the petition to change the status of the Mohave desert tortoise (also known as Agassiz’s desert tortoise) (Gopherus agassizii) from a threatened species to an endangered species under CESA.
(Pursuant to Section 2073.5, Fish and Game Code)
21. Department informational items (wildlife and inland fisheries)
The Department will highlight wildlife and inland fisheries items of note since the last Commission meeting.
  (A) Director’s report
  (B) Wildlife and Fisheries Division, and Ecosystem Conservation Division
    I. Bacterial outbreak at fish hatcheries
  (C) Law Enforcement Division
22. Wildlife Resources Committee
Discuss referred topics and consider revisions to topics and timing. Consider approving draft agenda topics for next committee meeting.
  (A) Committee work plan
  (B) Next committee meeting
23. Simplification of statewide inland sport fishing
Discuss proposed changes to inland sport fishing regulations. (Add sections 5.84, 5.89, 7.40, and amend sections 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 5.41, 5.85, 7.00, 7.50, and 8.10, Title 14, CCR)
24. Owens pupfish
Receive overview of the Department’s five-year status review of Owens pupfish (Cyprinodon radiosus), which is listed as an endangered species under CESA.
(Pursuant to Section 2077, Fish and Game Code)
25. Western Joshua tree
Consider and potentially act on the petition, the Department’s evaluation report, and comments received to determine whether listing Western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) as a threatened or endangered species under CESA may be warranted.
(Pursuant to sections 2074 and 2074.2, Fish and Game Code)
Note: if the Commission determines listing may be warranted, a one-year status review will commence before the final decision on listing is made.
26. Wildlife and inland fisheries items of interest from previous meetings
These items are generally updates on topics recently heard before the Commission.
  (A) Discuss urban coyote issues
27. Wildlife and inland fisheries petitions for regulation change
Consider requests submitted by members of the public to adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation. (Pursuant to Section 662, Title 14, CCR)
  (A) Action on current petitions
    I. Petition #2020-008: Elk hunting suspension
  (B) Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff or the Department for review – None scheduled at this time
28. Wildlife and inland fisheries non-regulatory requests from previous meetings
Consider non-regulatory requests submitted by members of the public at previous meetings.
  (A) Action on non-regulatory requests
  (B) Action on pending non-regulatory requests referred to staff or the Department for review – None scheduled at this time
29. Proposed meeting dates and locations for 2021
Discuss and consider adopting proposed meeting dates and locations of Commission meetings for January through December 2021.
(Pursuant to Section 110, Fish and Game Code)
30. Commission administrative items
  (A) Next meeting – October 14-15, 2020; webinar/teleconference
  (B) Rulemaking timetable updates
  (C) New business
       
Adjourn