September 30 , 2005 Meeting Summary

Meeting of
September 30, 2005 (Friday)
8:30 a.m.

City Hall
66 North Lassen Street
Susanville, CA

ALL MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DISCUSSION ITEMS

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.

    The Commission accepted its Hearing Officer’s proposed decisions on the following license and permit items from the September 29, 2005 Executive Session:

    1. Robert Ash – Upheld Department’s ban from hunting on state and federal wildlife areas for one year.
    2. Gordon Daily – Denied Market Squid Light Boat Permit and Brail Permit.
    3. Larry Moore – Granted Deeper Nearshore Fisheries Permit.
    4. Ernest Pagan – Granted Transferable Market Squid Light Boat Permit.
    5. Gregory Real – Granted Transferable Market Squid Light Boat Permit.
    6. Jonathan Smith – Denied South Central Coast Region Nearshore Fisheries Permit and Trap Permit.
    7. Daniel Williams – Denied Market Squid Light Boat Permit.
  2. PUBLIC FORUM

    Jack Hanson, Supervisor, Lassen County, welcomed the Commission to Susanville and discussed wildlife issues affecting Lassen County. He discussed conservation strategies for sage grouse, and development.

    Walt Mansell, California Rifle and Pistol Association, read a letter regarding conflicts between hunting and anti-hunting interests.

    Joe Mussa, Plumas County Fish and Game Commission, distributed written material and recommended amending fishing regulations affecting tributaries to Antelope Lake to have a later opening date.

    Len Griswold, read a letter from Mark Paul requesting that big game drawing applications be modified to allow individuals to release personal application information to prospective guides or allow guides to send information to successful applicants.

    Paul Weakland distributed handouts and discussed typographical errors on the list of tidal invertebrates allowed for commercial harvest regarding the duplication of sand dollars and the omission of turban snails.

    Buck Parks, Lassen County Fish and Game Commission, supported limiting the Private Lands Program total harvest within any deer or pronghorn zone in northeastern California to 10 percent of the allowable public harvest for that zone.

  3. PURSUANT TO SECTION 2074.2 OF THE FISH AND GAME CODE, CONSIDERATION OF THE DEPARTMENT PETITION AND RECOMMENDATION TO DELIST THE SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS SALAMANDER (Plethodon stormi) AS A THREATENED SPECIES.

    Received the Department’s report; received public testimony from Mr. Stuart Farber in support of the Department’s recommendation. The Commission unanimously voted to accept the Siskiyou Mountains Salamander petition and add it to the list of Candidate Species for delisting from the threatened species list.

    1. CONSIDERATION OF CERTIFICATION OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT, ADOPTION OF FINDINGS AND PROPOSED PROJECT (OR ALTERNATIVE), AND FINAL ADOPTION OF THE 2005-06 COMMERCIAL HERRING REGULATIONS - SECTION 163, AND ADDITION OF SECTION 163.1, TITLE 14, CCR.

      The Commission voted unanimously to certify the Final Environmental Document regarding the commercial Herring fishery. Received public testimony regarding the Commercial Herring Regulations; voted unanimously to adopt the proposed project, Option 2, with a minimum net mesh size of two inches.

    2. CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 164, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: HARVESTING OF HERRING EGGS ON KELP.

      No public testimony; the Commission voted unanimously to adopt the proposed project regarding the harvet of herring eggs on kelp.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS TO COMMISSION POLICY RE: COMMERCIAL USE OF NATIVE REPTILES.

    No public testimony; the Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Department’s proposed policy amendments regarding the commercial use of native reptiles.

CONSENT CALENDAR - ALL APPROVED

  1. REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND SECTION 2.10, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: HOOK AND WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

    Approved; no public testimony.

  2. REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND SECTION 27.82(b)(5), TITLE 14, CCR, RE: ALLOWING INCREASED FISHING OPPORTUNITIES IN 2006 FOR CALIFORNIA SCORPIONFISH (Scorpanena guttata) IN THE SOUTHERN ROCKFISH AND LINGCOD MANAGEMENT ZONE.

    Approved; no public testimony.

  3. REQUEST TO PUBLISH NOTICE OF COMMISSION INTENT TO AMEND SECTION 119, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: TRAWL NETS.

    Approved; no public testimony.

  4. REQUEST OF BRUCE HARGER, NEUSHUL MARICULTURE, INC., FOR A 120-DAY EXTENSION FOR STATE WATER BOTTOM LEASE NO. M-654-03, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY.

    Withdrawn from consent calendar to receive public testimony. Approved unanimously after public testimony.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF PRIVATE LANDS HABITAT ENHANCEMENT AND WILDLIFE AREA LICENSE (2005-2010) AND 2005-2006 MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR:
    1. BARDIN RANCH, MONTEREY COUNTY
    2. CAMP 5 OUTFITTERS, MONTEREY COUNTY
    3. CHRISTENSEN RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    4. COON CREEK RANCH, SANTA CLARA COUNTY
    5. LLANO SECO RANCHO, BUTTE COUNTY
    6. MALLISON RANCH, SANTA CLARA COUNTY
    7. POCKET RANCH, SONOMA COUNTY
    8. ROCK CREEK RANCH, BUTTE COUNTY
    9. TG&C CARRISA PLAINS, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    Approved; no public testimony.
  6. CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF ANNUAL REPORT AND 2005-2006 PRIVATE LANDS HABITAT ENHANCEMENT AND WILDLIFE AREA PLANS FOR:
    1. AVENALES RANCH, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    Approved; no public testimony.
  7. REQUEST OF PATRICK OSTLY FOR REINSTATEMENT OF HIS EXPIRED TRAPPING PERMIT.

    Approved; no public testimony.

  8. DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION TO ACCEPT 80 +/- ACRES, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY , FROM INNOVATION 1 FOR MITIGATION PURPOSES.

    Withdrawn from consent calendar by Commissioner request. Approved unanimously after Commission discussion; no public testimony.

  9. DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION TO ACCEPT A CONSERVATION EASEMENT COVERING 1,790 +/- ACRES, FROM WETLAND RESOURCES, LLC, FOR THE ELSIE GRIDLEY MITIGATION BANK, SOLANO COUNTY.

    Approved; no public testimony.

OTHER

The Commission unanimously passed a motion to add two items to the agenda as follows:

  • Jenny Farms Conservation Bank- accept approximately 407 acres to protect Swainson’s hawks and burrowing owls (passed unanimously).
  • Authorize Department to issue a letter permit to allow Sierra Pacific Industries security patrol (one individual) to carry a firearm while on patrol in the R1 Refuge adjacent to Sierra Pacific property (passed unanimously).
  1. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT AND POSSIBLE CONSIDERATION OF COMMISSION POSITION ON LEGISLATION.

    Received Department report. The Commission unanimously voted to send a letter to the Governor in opposition of AB 7 (Cogdill).

  2. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
    1. UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET.

      Chief Deputy Director Stein gave the Department report, and the Commission received public testimony from Tom Raftican and Delbert Craig. The Commission was supportive of the Department’s proposal to hold a 1-2 day budget workshop for Department/Commission stakeholders.

    2. UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT'S REGULATIONS FOR COHO SALMON INCIDENTAL TAKE BY TIMBER HARVESTING.

      Received Department report; no public testimony.

    3. UPDATE ON PFMC MEETING.

      Received Department report; no public testimony.

    4. EVALUATION OF SURF PERCH BAG LIMITS.

      Received Department report; no public testimony.

    5. UPDATE ON DEPARTMENT RECENT SURVEYS, AMENDMENTS TO THE ABALONE RECOVERY AND MANAGEMENT PLAN AND TIMELINE FOR POSSIBLE ADOPTION.

      Received Department report; public testimony from Steve Rebuck, Chris Voss, Paul Weakland and Gary Verhagen regarding an experimental commercial abalone fishery in southern California and/or the Farallon Islands. The Commission discussed a time line for adoption of the Abalone Recovery and Management Plan and will receive additional information on the limited commercial fishery at its November meeting in Santa Barbara.

  3. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
    1. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS.
      1. AL TAUCHER POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

        Received staff report of September meeting.

      2. UPDATE ON REQUEST TO APPOINT A BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE TO REVIEW AND ASSIST WITH THE DEPARTMENT BUDGET.

        The Commission was supportive of a recommendation to hold a 1-2 day budget workshop, potentially as part of the next Al Taucher Committee meeting in December. Potential participants were discussed, with the intent of including as many constituent/stakeholder groups and Commissioners as possible.

    2. STAFF REPORTS.

      No report.

  4. RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

    No report.

  5. RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

    No report.

  6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUTURE MEETINGS.

    A tentative schedule for 2006 is in preparation.