May 3-4, 2006 Meeting Summary

Meeting of
May 3, 2006  (Wednesday)
8:30 a.m.

North Tahoe Conference Center
8318 North Lake Blvd.
Kings Beach , CA

DISCUSSION ITEMS

  1. PUBLIC FORUM

    Mike Rees asked if the Department accepted NMFS studies and resultant data on salmon and habitat or does it do its own studies.

    Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the Department is part of the Council process providing data but not publishing its own report.

    Walt Mansell spoke on fire proofing our forests, alternative solutions to the proposed mile wide firebreak, and the decision by the National Park Service to remove big game animals from the Channel Islands. He suggested that utilization of sport hunters would be a better alternative.

    Dr. Rick Staub requested an update on his proposal to the Department to add the California Mountain King Snake and the Rubber Boa to the Captive Propagation Permit. He suggested a reptile collection license or stamp. He proposed the addition of the Southern Water Snake to the Detrimental Species List.

    President Flores asked Deputy Director Mastrup for the status of Dr. Staub’s proposal.

    Deputy Director Mastrup responded that reptile concerns are low-priority issues and that now Dr. Staub has submitted the CEQA document, the Department will move forward with his request.

    Commissioner Gustafson questioned the protocol for establishing priorities.

    Commissioner Rogers suggested informal meetings with Department staff to research solutions for establishing priorities.

    Commissioner Gustafson requested a timeline from the Commission staff regarding the facts associated with this proposal so that the Commissioners could review it to determine a more efficient course of action.

    Christopher Voss spoke on the proposed abalone fishery at San Miguel Island. He explained that CAA developed a MOA between the Department and CAA but the DFG legal staff rejected it. He requested the Commission to direct the Department to work with their lawyers in developing language that meets the necessary legal requirements so that monies allocated to the organization can be utilized.

    Robert Treanor stated that an MOU was done for the sea urchin fishery.

    Commissioner Rogers questioned Deputy Director Mastrup regarding the status of this proposal.

    Deputy Director Mastrup responded that the MOA concept is no longer legal under the new administrative procedures rules. He indicated that the Department would continue to move forward with finding a solution.

    April Wakeman requested an update from the Department on the implementation of the halibut-trawl bill at the Commission’s June meeting.

    Tom Raftican requested that the Commission hold the Department accountable for implementation of the halibut-trawl fishing bill because it is budgeted at $25 billion annually.

    Deputy Director Mastrup stated that the Department has responded in writing to the UASC indicating that it does not have the resources to implement the bill.

    John Duffy supported amendments to regulations regarding light boat permits and sea urchin.

    Executive Director John Carlson indicated that these items will be addressed under Agenda Item 5.

    Paul Weakland expressed his concerns regarding the turban snails fishery and the cancellation of the May Marine Resources Committee Meeting.

    Bob Strickland thanked the Department and the Commission for progress with surfperch regulations which will be implemented on May 21 and asked the Commission to develop a halibut fishery management plan that would benefit recreational anglers.

    Jim Martin provided the Commission with a handout containing public testimony on sturgeon regulations.

    Executive Director John Carlson asked if anyone from the audience wished to speak, and there was no reply.

  2. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS REVIEW OF THE FOLLOWING COMMISSION POLICIES:
    1. COOPERATIVELY OPERATED REARING PROGRAMS FOR SALMON AND STEELEHEAD.

      No report.

OTHER

  1. RECEIPT OF DEPARTMENT LEGISLATIVE REPORT AND POSSIBLE CONSIDERATION OF COMMISSION POSITIONS ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

    Received report; received public testimony.

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

      Received update; no public testimony.

    2. UPDATE ON PFMC ISSUES.

      Received update; no public testimony.

    3. UPDATE OR RECEIPT OF LIVE ANIMAL MARKET REPORT.

      Received update; no public testimony.

    4. UPDATE TO MLPA SCHEDULE.

      Received update; no public testimony.

    5. UPDATE ON AFRICAN CLAWED FROG ERADICATION IN LILY POND, SAN FRANCISCO.

      Received update; no public testimony.

    6. UPDATE ON LAKE DAVIS PROJECT.

      Received update; no public testimony.

    7. OTHER.

      Received update; no public testimony.

  3. RECEIPT OF COMMISSION INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.
    1. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

      1. MARINE RESOURCES COMMITTEE.
        1. UPDATE TO NOMINATION PROCESS FOR THE SAN MIGUEL ISLAND ABALONE FISHERY ADVISORY GROUP.
          Received update; received public testimony.
        2. OTHER.
          Commission unanimously authorized staff to publish notice of its intent to amend regulations regarding non-transferable Market Squid Light Boat Permits and squid fishery permit fees.
      2. LEGISLATION SUBCOMMITTEE.
        No report.
    2. STAFF REPORTS.

      No report.

    3. OTHER

      No report.

  4. RECEIPT OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

    No report.

  5. RECEIPT OF LEGAL COUNSEL INFORMATIONAL ITEMS.

    Received report; received public testimony.


Meeting of
May 4, 2006  (Thursday)
8:30 a.m.

North Tahoe Conference Center
8318 North Lake Blvd.
Kings Beach , CA

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.

    Deputy Attorney General Cunningham reported that the Commission met in Executive Session May 3, 2006, pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(a) and Section 309 of the Fish and Game Code.

  2. RECEIPT OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 679, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: WILDLIFE REHABILITATION. (Note: Adoption will be considered at the June 23, 2006, meeting in Mammoth Lakes)

    Received the Department’s update; received public testimony.

  3. CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 7.50(b)(178), TITLE 14, CCR, RE: SILVER KING CREEK.

    Received the Department’s recommendations; received public testimony. Commission unanimously approved amendments to regulations regarding Silver King Creek to include a ½ mile closure below Llewellyn Falls. (Note: Adoption will be considered at the June 23, 2006, meeting in Mammoth Lakes)

    1. CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 7.50(b)(91.1), TITLE 14, CCR, RE: KLAMATH-TRINITY RIVER SALMON REGULATIONS.

      Received Department’s report; receive public testimony. Commission adopted proposed amendments.

    2. CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO SECTION 27.80, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: OCEAN SALMON FISHING REGULATIONS.

      Received Department’s report; received public testimony. Commission authorized staff to publish a continuation notice of its intent to amend ocean salmon fishing regulations to conform to federal regulations. (Note: Adoption will be considered at the June 23, 2006, meeting in Mammoth Lakes)

  4. DEPARTMENT REQUEST FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY ACTION TO AMEND SECTION 27.80, TITLE 14, CCR, RE: OCEAN SALMON FISHING REGULATIONS.

    Received Department’s recommendations; received public testimony. Commission adopted emergency regulations.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF FINDINGS AND PROPOSED PROJECT (OR ALTERNATIVES) AND ADOPTION OF TAG QUOTA CHANGES, CLARIFICATIONS AND URGENCY CHANGES FOR THE 2006-2007 MAMMAL HUNTING REGULATIONS.

    Received Department’s recommendations; received public testimony. Commission adopted proposed amendments.

CONSENT CALENDAR - ALL ITEMS APPROVED

  1. CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF PRIVATE LANDS HABITAT ENHANCEMENT AND WILDLIFE AREA LICENSE (2006-2011) AND 2006-2007 MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR:

    1. DEFRANCESCO AND EATON RANCH, MERCED COUNTY
    2. PINE RANCH, YOLO COUNTY

    Approved; no public testimony.

  2. APPROVAL OF ANNUAL REPORT AND 2006-2007 PRIVATE LANDS HABITAT ENHANCEMENT AND WILDLIFE AREA PLANS FOR:
    1. BARDIN RANCH, MONTEREY COUNTY
    2. BUCKEYE RANCH, SOLANO COUNTY
    3. BURROWS RANCH, TEHAMA COUNTY
    4. CAPISTRAN RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    5. CARLEY RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    6. CARNAZA, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    7. CEDAR CANYON RANCH, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    8. CHIMNEY ROCK RANCH, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    9. CHRISTENSEN RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    10. EAGLE ROCK RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    11. FIVE DOT RANCH – AVILA UNIT, LASSEN COUNTY
    12. FIVE DOT RANCH – HORSE LAKE UNIT, LASSEN COUNTY
    13. FIVE DOT RANCH – WILLOW CREEK UNIT, LASSEN COUNTY
    14. GABILAN RANCH, MONTEREY COUNTY
    15. HEAVEN’S GATE RANCH, TEHAMA COUNTY
    16. MILLER-ERIKSEN RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    17. PBM FARMS, SISKIYOU COUNTY
    18. PINE CREEK CATTLE CO – MADELINE RANCH, LASSEN COUNTY
    19. RANCHO GARATE, LASSEN COUNTY
    20. R-MOUNTAIN RANCH, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    21. ROOSTER COMB RANCH, STANISLAUS COUNTY
    22. SEVEN SPRINGS RANCH, SONOMA COUNTY
    23. SL RANCH, LASSEN COUNTY
    24. SOUTH KNOB RANCH, LASSEN COUNTY
    25. TG & C CARRISA, SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    26. POCKET RANCH, SONOMA COUNTY
    27. POTTER VALLEY WMA, MENDOCINO COUNTY
    28. WORK RANCH, MONTEREY COUNTY
    Approved; no public testimony.
  3. ADDED ITEM

    U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION TO ACQUIRE A PERPETUAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT EXPANDING THE GRASSLANDS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, MERCED COUNTY, BY 450 ACRES. (Note: This item may be added to the agenda by vote of the Commission at the meeting. The Commission may or may not take action on this item.)

    Approved; no public testimony.

OTHER

  1. ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUTURE MEETINGS.