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California Fish and Game Commission

MEETING AGENDA

October 14, 2020; 9:00 a.m.

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 and procedures, including written public comment deadlines, starting on page 8. Unless otherwise indicated, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is identified as Department.

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
Note: Items on the consent calendar are expected to be routine and non-controversial. After public comment, the Commission will consider approving items on the consent calendar in a single vote without discussion. The presiding commissioner may choose to remove any item from the consent calendar and allow a separate discussion and potential action on that item in response to a request by a Commission member, staff, or interested person.

4. Recreational and commercial groundfish
  Consider adopting 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)

5. Recreational purple sea urchin emergency (second 90-day extension)
Consider adopting a second 90-day extension of the emergency regulations concerning recreational take of purple sea urchin at Caspar Cove, Mendocino County.
(Amend Section 29.06, Title 14, CCR)

Staff is expected to recommend this item be removed from the agenda.

6. Wild Trout Waters
Receive Department recommendation and consider adopting proposed amendments to the Commission’s Designated Wild Trout Waters policy.
(Pursuant to Section 1727, Fish and Game Code)

   
7. Department informational items
The Department will highlight items of note since the last Commission meeting.
  (A) Director’s report
  (B) Law Enforcement Division
  (C) Marine Region
  (D) Wildlife and Fisheries Division, and Ecosystem Conservation Division
     
8. Tribal 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
     
9. Marine 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
     
10. Recreational red abalone
Discuss proposed changes to the recreational red abalone fishery closure sunset date regulation.
(Amend 29.15 Title 14, CCR)
     
11. Recreational crab
Discuss proposed changes to recreational crab regulations intended to provide additional whale and turtle protections in the trap fisheries.
(Amend sections 29.80, 29.85, and 701, Title 14, CCR)
     
12. Recreational sea urchin
Discuss proposed changes to regulations concerning recreational take of sea urchin at Caspar Cove, Mendocino County, and Tanker Reef, Monterey County.
(Amend sections 29.05 and 29.06, Title 14, CCR)
     
13. 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 #2020-007 AM1: Amend marine protected area regulations to allow surfboard fishing at the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve
    II. Petition #2020-008: Suspend or reduce elk hunting in the Northwestern Elk Hunt Area due to disease
    III. Petition #2020-010: Change the limit of wild rainbow and brown trout on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River and Beaver Creek to zero
  (B) Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff or the Department for review – None scheduled at this time
     
14. 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
     
15. Wildlife Resources Committee
Receive summary and consider approving recommendations from September 17, 2020 committee meeting. Discuss referred topics and consider revisions to topics and timing.
  (A) Previous committee meeting report
  (B) Committee work plan
     
16. Simplification of statewide inland sport fishing
Consider adopting 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)
     
17. Kenwood marsh checkerbloom
Receive overview of the Department’s five-year status review of Kenwood marsh checkerbloom (Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida), which is listed as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
(Pursuant to Section 2077, Fish and Game Code)
     
18. Mohave desert tortoise
Consider and potentially act on the petition, Department’s evaluation report, and comments received to determine whether changing the status of the Mohave desert tortoise (also known as Agassiz’s desert tortoise; Gopherus agassizii) from threatened to endangered status under CESA may be warranted.
Note: If the Commission determines listing may be warranted, a one-year status review will commence before the final decision on listing is made.
(Pursuant to sections 2074 and 2074.2, Fish and Game Code)
     
19. Commission administrative items
Consider approving agenda topics for the next Commission meeting, changes to the rulemaking timetable, and whether there is any new business to be added to a future meeting agenda.
  (A) Next meeting – December 9-10, 2020, webinar/teleconference
  (B) Rulemaking timetable updates
  (C) New business
   
Adjourn