Monday, 27 June 2022

California Fish and Game Commission holds first hybrid meeting

At its April meeting the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources.

The following are just a few items of interest from this week’s meeting held in Monterey and Trinidad, with an option for the public to join via Zoom.

The commission adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of hydraulic pumps to take clams, sand crabs and shrimp.

This regulation was previously adopted as a temporary, emergency regulation and is now adopted through the standard rulemaking process.

The commission adopted the Pink (Ocean) Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, consistent with the Marine Life Management Act.

The plan’s provisions align California’s pink shrimp management with that of Oregon and Washington, and puts the commercial pink shrimp trawl fishery on the path to be the first state-managed fishery in California with a Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification.

The commission determined that listing southern California steelhead as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act may be warranted.

This action commences a one-year status review to be completed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife during which southern California steelhead is protected as a candidate species.

However, the commission also voted to allow take of southern California steelhead under certain circumstances for projects that serve an immediate need and provide flood protection, public safety (including highways), or water supply or water treatment.

The commission voted unanimously to deny the petition requesting to ban bear hunting in California until three conditions were met, including conducting an empirical study to determine the state’s black bear population.

This was the first commission meeting held since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with options for both in-person and virtual attendance.

At the meeting in Monterey, Commission President Samantha Murray, Vice President Erika Zavaleta and Commissioner Eric Sklar were present. Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin attended from a second public location in Trinidad, Calif. There is one vacant position on the commission.

The agenda for this meeting along with supporting information is available on the commission website. An archived audio file will be available in the coming days.

The next meeting of the full commission is scheduled for June 15 to 16. Please see the commission website for details.

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