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California Fish and Game Commission Holds Hybrid Meeting

At its August 17 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission acted on several issues affecting California’s natural resources. The following are just a few points of interest from this week’s gathering, held in Loleta at the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, with the possibility for the public to participate via Zoom.

The Commission approved a five-year kelp harvest plan proposed by Sustainable Ocean Harvest, LLC for mechanical harvesting of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in certain kelp beds in Santa Barbara County.

The Commission approved a second 90-day extension of the emergency regulations for recreational sub-bag limits for vermilion rockfish, copper rockfish and quillback rockfish. This action is consistent with state regulations and federal regulations recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and then promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The commission found that listing Inyo Rock Daisy as threatened or endangered may be warranted under the California Endangered Species Act. This action begins a year-long status review to be completed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife while protecting the Inyo Rock Daisy as a candidate species.

The Commission approved the first Experimental Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted under the Experimental Fishing Permit program created by regulations adopted by the Commission in December 2021. This EFP will test the commercial exploitation of deep and night buoy fishing configurations within California state waters. Buoy gear is used for swordfish fishing and has been shown to significantly reduce bycatch in federal waters.

Commission President Samantha Murray, Vice-President Erika Zavaleta, Commissioners Jacqueline Hostler-Carmesin and Eric Sklar were present. There is one vacancy on the Commission.

The agenda for this meeting, along with supporting information, is available at Commission meetings website, including video and audio files. The next meeting of the full commission is scheduled for October 12-13, 2022 in Kings Beach. Please take a look… Commission website for details.

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Media contact:
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 738-9641

The California Fish and Game Commission was one of the first wildlife protection agencies in the United States, predating the US Commission of Fish and Fisheries. There is often confusion about the distinction between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Commission. Basically, CDFW implements and enforces the rules set by the Commission and provides biological data and expertise to support the Commission’s decision-making process.

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