February 11-12, 2015 Meeting Documents

  1. Election of Commission President and Vice President
  2. Committee Assignments
    • (A) Marine Resources Committee (MRC)
    • (B) Wildlife Resources Committee (WRC)
    • (C) Tribal Committee
  3. Marine Resources Committee
  4. Tribal Committee
  5. Adoption of proposed regulations for petitioning the Commission to change regulations (Add Section 662, Title 14, CCR)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language, Economic Impact Assessment
    Pre-adoption Statement of Reasons (PDF)
    Summary and Response to Public Comments (PDF)
  6. Update on proposed regulations to govern Commission meeting procedures
    Commission staff presentation (PDF)
    Letter from Safari Club International concerning WRC and Commission procedures, received 7/17/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Michel & Associates concerning WRC procedures, received 7/17/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Bell, McAndrews, Hiltachk, LLP, concerning WRC procedures, received 7/21/14 (PDF)
  7. Discussion of proposed changes to general and ocean salmon sport fishing regulations
  8. Discussion of proposed changes to sport fishing fillet requirements for tunas and bag and possession limits for Pacific bluefin tuna for consistency with federal rules in 2015-2016 (Sections 27.65 and 28.38, Title 14, CCR)
    Department memorandum, dated 1/13/15 (PDF)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language
    Email from Joe Exline expressing that it is not a "deal breaker" if his previous request to exclude skipjack tuna from the proposed fillet rule for the initial landing of the fish is not included in the proposed regulation, but he has concerns regarding the possession of skipjack tuna, not in the prescribed form, for bait purposes. Received 1/24/15 (PDF)
    Email from James Thompson expressing the inability to treat the meat in the best possible manner while complying with the proposed fillet rules, received 1/24/14 (PDF)
    Email from Richard Daybell, opposed to the proposed fillet rules, supporting the 2-fish bag limit for bluefin tuna, but only in 2015 and 2016; and requesting a meeting on this regulatory proposal be held in San Diego. Received 1/29/15 (PDF)
  9. Discussion of proposed changes to Pacific halibut sport fishing regulations for consistency with federal rules in 2015 (Section 28.20, Title 14, CCR)
    Department memorandum, dated 1/9/15 (PDF)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language
  10. Adoption of proposed changes to recreational groundfish regulations for consistency with federal rules in 2015-2016 (Sections 1.91, 27.20, 27.25, 27.30, 27.35, 27.40, 27.45, 27.50, 27.51, 27.65, 28.26, 28.27, 28.28, 28.29, 28.48, 28.49, 28.54, 28.55, 28.56, 28.58 and 28.90, Title 14, CCR)
    Department memorandum, dated 7/14/14 (PDF)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language, Economic Impact Assessment
    Department memorandum, dated 11/20/14, transmitting Pre-adoption Statement of Reasons and highlighting potential change in effective date (PDF)
    Pre-adoption Statement of Reasons, dated 11/14/14 (does not reflect November 14-19 changes in federal actions) (PDF)
    Department memorandum, dated 1/12/15, transmitting Amended Initial Statement of Reasons (PDF)
    Continuation Notice, Amended Initial Statement of Reasons, Revised Proposed Regulatory Language
    Department Presentation
    Email from Leland Frayseth in support of proposed April 15 opening date for the San Francisco Groundfish Management Area, the proposed increase in bag limit for lingcod, and the proposed 5-fish sub-bag limit for black rockfish. Received 1/3/15 (PDF)

CONSENT ITEMS
  1. Receive Hog Island Oyster Company’s request to renew state water bottom lease #M-430-15
    Letter from Hog Island Oyster Company, notifying the Commission of its intent to renew its lease, received 12/5/14 (PDF)
    M-430-15 lease and lease amendments (PDF)
  2. Receive Point Reyes Oyster Company’s request to amend state water bottom leases M-430-13, M-430-14, and M-430-17, for use of various algal species
    Letter from Point Reyes Oyster Company, requesting that the Commission approve amendments to the company's leases to allow the sale of algae, received 11/24/14 (PDF)
  3. Receive and approve The Cultured Abalone Farm, LLC, revised kelp harvesting plan required for mechanical harvest of kelp Pursuant to Subsection 165(a)(6), Title 14, CCR)
    The Cultured Abalone Farm, LLC, Kelp Harvest Plan (PDF)
    Department memorandum, dated 1/20/15 (PDF)
  4. Receive and approve The Abalone Farm, Inc., revised kelp harvesting plan required for mechanical harvest of kelp (Pursuant to Subsection 165(a)(6), Title 14, CCR)
    The Abalone Farm, Inc., Kelp Harvest Plan (PDF)
    Department memorandum, dated 1/20/15 (PDF)
  5. Approve request from Mr. Connor B. Wishard to renew the salmon vessel permit for F/V Sealoom (FG34786)
    Settlement Agreement between Department and Mr. Wishard, dated 1/29/15 (PDF)
  6. Receive Dungeness Crab Task Force recommendations regarding management measures described in Section 8276.5 pursuant to Section 8276.4 of the Fish and Game Code
    Transmittal memorandum and report from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force, received 1/15/15 (PDF)
    Memorandum from the California Dungeness Crab Task Force, dated 5/9/2014 (PDF)

  1. Announce results from Executive Session 
  2. Review outstanding marine-related regulatory and non-regulatory requests from 2014
    Pending marine-related regulatory requests referred in 2014 (PDF)
    Pending marine-related non-regulatory requests referred in 2014 (PDF)
  3. Items of interest from previous meetings 
  4. Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) informational items
    • (A) Director’s report
    • (B) Marine
    • (C) Wildlife and Fisheries Division, and Ecosystem Conservation Division
    • (D) Law Enforcement Division
    • (E) Other
    Department News Release: CDFW Releases a Snapshot of Stories and Accomplishments in 2014 (1/30/15) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: CDFW Researchers are Monitoring Band-tailed Pigeon Mortality (1/27/15) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: Anglers to Help with Steelhead Collection for Mad River Hatchery (1/16/15) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: Permanent Flows Ordered to Restore Owens River Gorge (1/9/15) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: CDFW Completes Drought Related Restoration Project at Lindsay Slough, Solono County (12/19/14) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: American River Trout Hatchery Reopens After Summer Evacuation (12/9/14) (HTML) (PDF)
    Department News Release: CDFW Plans Deer Hunter Opinion Survey (12/3/14) (HTML) (PDF)
  5. Other informational items
  6. Public Forum
    Table Summarizing new petitions for regulatory change received by Jan 29 at 5 pm, the comment deadline for the meeting binder (PDF)
    Table Summarizing new non regulatory requests received by Jan 29 at 5 pm, the comment deadline for the meeting binder (PDF)
    Email from Steven Keena, request to ban all animal trapping, 1/26/15 (PDF)
    Email from Brian Russell, request to include harvesting of 3-point or better bucks in Zone C-4, and to prohibit bear hunting during rifle season, 12/18/14 (PDF)
    Email from Robb Bury, request to permit harvest of gooseneck barnacles, 1/14/15 (PDF)
    Email from Brooks Taylor, request to establish a maximum preference point or cap for sheep, elk, and antelope, and to increase opportunities for junior hunters, 12/2/14 (PDF)
    Email from Mark Kucera, request for regulations to permit salvage of traffic-killed game animals, 11/25/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Samantha Osborne, request to permit Quaker Parrots as pets, 12/2/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Manual Gorgita, Jr., request for A lobster permits be transferable with 300 trap maximum and B lobster permits be transferable with a 200 trap maximum, non-stackable, 12/23/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Tom Randolph, request Commission to direct Department to refocus its management strategy from single species to a more holistic approach, 1/5/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Round Valley ranchers, request for clarification regarding why removal of non-native elk near Covelo, CA, is not an option, 1/16/15 (PDF)
    Email from Scott Hockett, supporting issuance of experimental market squid permits, 1/8/15 (PDF)
    Article: Shapeshifter, Trickster, Survivor: Coyote in the Modern World
    Email from Ocean Conservancy,1/5/15, transmitting Integration of California's Marine Protected Areas: Review and Recommendations (PDF)
    Email to City of Rocklin from Allison Miller, regarding Los Cerros project and tri-colored blackbird, 1/9/15 (PDF)
    Letter to Department from Luke Hunt, regarding beaver management, 1/20/14 (PDF)
    Email from Kris Frazier, regarding non-lead ammunition, and coyote management, 1/16/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Don Jamroz, opposed to coyote bag limits and tag fees, 12/29/14 (PDF)
  7. Wildlife Resources Committee
  8. Consideration of petition, Department’s report, and comments received on whether listing the flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) as an endangered species may be warranted (Pursuant to Section 2074.2 of the Fish and Game Code)
    Note:  If the Commission determines that listing may be warranted, a one year status review will commence before a final decision on listing is made.
    Notice of Receipt of Petition, Petition, Department's Evaluation Report
    Opposition letter from Friends of Ocotillo Wells, San Diego Off-road Coalition, 1/21/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Basin and Range Watch, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Glenn R. Stewart, Ph.D., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Alan Muth, Ph.D., UC Riverside, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Mark Fisher, Staff Biologist, UC RIverside, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Joseph C. Hopkins, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from The Protect Our Communities Foundation, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from Cameron Barrows, Ph.D., UC Riverside, 1/29/15 (PDF)
    Support letter from The Desert Protective Council, Inc., 1/29/15 (PDF)
    Department Presentation (PDF)
  9. Discussion of proposed changes to Klamath River salmon sport fishing regulations (Subsections 7.50(b)(91.1) and (b)(195), Title 14, CCR)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language
    Email from Stephen Rosenberg, opposed to the proposed Blue Creek conservation closure. Recommends a conservation closure only when undue circumstances of fish occur, but only in August. Suggests a prohibition on the use of bait in the Blue Creek area, 1/29/15 (PDF)
  10. Discussion of proposed changes to Central Valley river salmon sport fishing regulations (Subsections 7.50(b)(5), (b)(68) and (b)(156.5), Title 14, CCR)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language, Economic Impact Assessment
  11. Discussion of proposed regulations regarding authorized methods of take for wildlife using lead ammunition – phasing out the use of lead ammunition (Add Section 251.1; amend subdivision heading and Sections 311, 353, 464, 465, 475, 485; repeal Section 355, Title 14, CCR)
    Notice, Initial Statement of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language
    Draft Environmental Document (PDF)
    Letter from Department of Finance indicating the proposed regulation does not meet the major regulation threshold, 12/31/14 (PDF)
    Email from Dynasty Ammo providing alternative proposal to require hunters to take entire kill from field or bury the remains to a specified depth to make it inaccessible to California condor and other vulnerable species, 1/24/15 (PDF)
    Fax from Lawrence Keane requesting Commissioner Sutton recuse himself from all discussions regarding AB 711, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Senator Fuller opposing fast-track implementation and requesting that the Commission support legislation to provide an alternative to an absolute ban on traditional ammunition, 12/1/14 (PDF)
    Letter from National Shooting Sports Foundation raising an number of concerns about AB 711 implementation, opposing fast-track implementation, and requesting that the Commission support legislation to provide an alternative to an absolute ban on traditional ammunition, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Crossroads of the West and three other sportsmen's associations requesting the Commission support legislation to provide an alternative to an absolute ban on traditional ammunition, 1/26/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Tom Paulek requesting information about the environmental documents, 12/18/14 (PDF)
    Email from Dan Parker opposing implementation of the law, 12/10/14 (PDF)
    Letter from Protecting Earth and Animals with Compassion and Education requesting implementation not be delayed for any reason, 1/29/15 (PDF)
  12. Discussion of proposed changes to mammal hunting regulations (Sections 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 364.1, 702, 708.5, 708.11, and 713, Title 14, CCR)
    Notice, Initial Statements of Reasons, Proposed Regulatory Language, Economic Impact Assessments
    Requests for Regulatory Action in 2014 related to Mammal Hunting (PDF)
    Letter from Protecting Earth & Animals with Compassion and Education, requesting Commission not allow tag quotas to increase and to strengthen the tag reporting process, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Letter from APECS Society requesting that the non-reporting penalty be phased in over the next year and in support of the proposed changes related to species quotas, 1/29/15 (PDF)
  13. Update regarding proposed changes to bobcat trapping regulations (Pursuant to Section 4255, Fish and Game Code)
    Letter from Humboldt County Board of Supervisors requesting the motion to include an option for a complete ban be rescinded, 1/28/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Bruce Ivey requesting a measured approach based on science, 1/15/15 (PDF)
    Letter from National Parks Conservation Association requesting a measured approach based on science, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Letter from California Trappers Association opposing proposal in its current form, recommending use of GPS technology, and opposing option to include ad complete ban on bobcat trapping, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Letter from the Outdoor Sportsmens Coalition of California opposing proposal in its current form and the option to include a complete ban on bobcat trapping, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Letter from Safari Club International opposing proposal in its current form and the option to include a complete ban on bobcat trapping, 1/27/15 (PDF)
    Sample letter from Humane Society of the United States urging adoption of option to ban commercial bobcat trapping as the most cost-effective option, 1/27/15
    Sample letter from Nathan Hunter urging a complete ban on commercial bobcat trapping, 12/10/14 (PDF)
    Sample letter from International Society for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest requesting a complete ban on bobcat trapping, 1/12/15 (PDF)
    Sample form email from concerned citizens urging complete ban on all bobcat trapping in California, 1/26-29/15 (PDF)

CONSENT ITEM
  1. Receipt of the Department’s 90-day evaluation report on the petition to list Livermore tarplant (Deinandra bacigalupii) as an endangered species
    (Pursuant to Section 2073.5, Fish and Game Code)
    Notice of Receipt of Petition, Petition
    Department memorandum and evaluation report, 1/14/14 (PDF)

  1. Department presentation on the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan update process
    Department State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 update vision, undated (PDF)
    Department presentation (PDF)
  2. Department presentation on the implications of importing American bullfrogs
    Department memorandum dated 1/9/15, and Department white paper: Implications of Importing American Bullfrog (Lithobates catebeianus=Rana catesbeiana) into California, dated 10/27/14 (PDF)
    City of Santa Cruz Water Department request that the Commission take the most conservative approach possible in regulating live bullfrog importation, including over the Internet, 1/29/15 (PDF)
    Sample letter from Save the Frogs requesting a ban on importing live bullfrogs, 1/25/15 (PDF)
    Sample letter from Mary Keitelman requesting a ban on importing live bullfrogs, 1/29/15 (PDF)
  3. Review outstanding non-marine-related regulatory and non-regulatory requests from 2014
    2014 Non-marine related regulatory requests referred in 2014 (PDF)
    2014 Non-marine related non-regulatory requests referred in 2014 (PDF)
  4. New business
    • (A) Invitation to the meeting of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), July 16-22, in Reno, Nevada.
    Petition to list the tri-colored blackbird under the California Endangered Species Act (PDF)
  5. Discussion and possible action on future meeting items
  6. Public Forum