[env-trinity] Breaking News: DFG Will Open Ocean Recreational
Fishing Season April 1
danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Thu Mar 16 08:05:38 PST 2006
I was at the Legislative Forum at the State Capitol yesterday when I
got this news from DFG Director Ryan Broddrick and Deputy Director
Sonke Mastrup. The ocean salmon season from Point Arena to Point Sur
will open as planned in state waters - 3 miles and less - on April 1.
However, fishing in federal waters - beyond the 3 mile line - will
Please forward this to get the word out. Broddrick and Mastrup said
the state's regulatory process prohibits the state from enforcing the
closure requested by the Bush administration in state water waters on
April 1 because the opener is already in state regulations booklets
and any change has to go through the California Fish and Game
Commission and then the State Office of Administrative Law. The
Commission doesn't meet until April 6-7 - both days when the PFMC is
meeting. The PFMC is planning to make a final recommendation on
salmon options on April 7, probably after the Commission meeting is
News Release: For Immediate Release Mar. 15, 2006
DFG Will Open Ocean Recreational Fishing Season April 1
Pacific Fisheries Management Council Decision Enacts Limitations
Contacts: Scott Barrow, DFG Senior Biologist, (916) 651-7670;
Steve Martarano, DFG Office of Communications, (916) 654-5866
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will open the
states recreational fishery between Point Arena and Point Sur as
scheduled on April 1. However, a recent decision by the Ocean Pacific
Fishery Management Council (PFMC) closed the states commercial
salmon fisheries and also limits the recreational season. The PFMC is
scheduled to make final recommendations that could impose further
restrictions April 3-7 during federal meetings in Sacramento.
The bottom line is we need to ensure healthy stocks in the future,
said DFG Director Ryan Broddrick. Returns over the past three years
have shown low numbers of naturally spawning Klamath River Chinook
Following the PFMC federal action March 10, Californias commercial
fishing regulations will automatically conform, closing the states
commercial salmon fishery. The PFMC also closed the sport fishery in
federal waters between Point Arena (below Fort Bragg) and Point Sur
(south of Monterey), however, because the PFMC is not set to make the
final recommendations until the federal meetings, Californias sport
fishery in state waters (shore to three miles) will open as scheduled
The PFMC decision is subject to action by the California Fish and
Game Commission, whose jurisdiction covers the sport salmon fishery
in state waters. The Commission may consider an in-season emergency
closing of the Central California sport fisheries to conform with
federal action during its upcoming meeting April 7 in Monterey.
The PFMC rulings were based on updated spawning numbers, and are
intended to limit any further impacts to Klamath fall Chinook salmon
off the entire West Coast.
Other details of note:
For Northern California, the recreational salmon fishery between
Horse Mountain (above Shelter Cove) and Point Arena, which opened in
February, will remain open in federal and state waters.
In Southern California, the recreational salmon fishery below Point
Sur will open on April 1 in federal and state waters.
Californias commercial fishery was previously scheduled to open for
the season on March 15.
The emergency closure of the commercial fishery is in effect for all
ocean waters from Point Sur north to the California-Oregon border,
and includes more than 1,500 commercial boats (trollers) permitted
through the DFG. This fishery will remain closed until further in-
season review and notice by the PFMC.
The National Marine Fishery Service is considering federal disaster
relief funding for West Coast salmon-related fishing businesses
impacted by the commercial closures. Californias salmon resource
(commercial and sport) is valued between $44 million (PFMC estimate)
and $150 million (industry estimate).
Alternatives to allow commercial and recreational fishing for healthy
Central Valley stocks that demonstrate no impact to Klamath stocks
may be considered by the PFMC as well as by the Fish and Game
Commission at their upcoming meetings, said Scott Barrow, a DFG
Public comments concerning both Californias commercial and
recreational salmon fisheries will be accepted at a public hearing
scheduled for March 28 at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. The PFMC
will also accept public comments for the 2006 season at its April 3-7
meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento.
In summary at this point, state and federal waters are closed to
commercial fishing; sport fishing is closed in federal waters between
Point Arena and Point Sur; and the state waters between Point Arena
and Point Sur will open on April 1 while the Commission considers
options during its upcoming meeting in Monterey, Barrow said. The
sport fishing in federal and state waters for the Fort Bragg area
will remain open and below Point Sur will open on April 1.
For additional information on the PFMC ruling and up-coming meetings,
log on to www.pcouncil.org or call the Ocean Salmon Hotline at
1-800-662-9825. To obtain a copy of the PFMC press release on the
closures and other emergency regulations affecting the West Coast,
log on to www.pcouncil.org/newsreleases/pr031306_sal.pdf.
For information on Californias salmon fisheries in state waters, log
on to www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/oceansalmon.html#recreational or call the
Ocean Salmon Regulations Hotline at (707) 576-3429.
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