(1) Existing law prohibits specified persons from taking salmon for commercial purposes unless the person has a commercial fishing salmon stamp affixed to that person’s commercial fishing license. Existing law requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a commercial fishing salmon stamp upon application for the stamp and payment of a base fee of $85. That base fee is required to be adjusted during specified commercial salmon seasons. However, existing law prohibits the total fees, as adjusted, from exceeding $260. Existing law requires the department to deposit revenues from this fee, funds received from other sources, as specified, and other specified revenues in the Commercial Salmon Stamp Dedicated Subaccount in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund, to be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes relating to enhancement and
restoration of salmon. Existing law also authorizes up to 15% of funds expended from the subaccount for these purposes to be used for administrative costs. Existing law establishes the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee, consisting of 6 members selected by the Director of Fish and Wildlife, as provided, to make recommendations on programs and a budget for the subaccount, and on specified revenue-raising measures. Existing law repeals these provisions as of January 1, 2019. A violation of any provision of the Fish and Game Code, or any rule, regulation, or order made or adopted under those provisions, is a misdemeanor, unless otherwise specified.
This bill would extend the operation of these provisions until January 1, 2029. By extending the operation of existing requirements, the violation of which would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law
prohibits taking of anchovies for any purpose in Humboldt Bay, except that anchovies may be taken in specified areas of the bay for live bait between May 1 and December 1, and for dead bait between May 1 and August 31, by the operator of a vessel for use in his or her own fishing operation, except for incidental sales to local sport fishermen for bait. Existing law establishes a 15-ton limit on the total number of anchovies that may be taken between May 1 and August 31 of each year and a 15-ton limit between September 1 and December 1 of each year. Existing law requires an observer employed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to inspect any bait operation and halt that operation if it cannot be conducted without adversely affecting the game species of the bay. Existing law requires the department to receive notification of a bait operation in the bay at least 12 hours before the operation commences. Existing law authorizes
the Fish and Game Commission to adopt any other regulation it determines is necessary to protect the Humboldt Bay anchovy resource.
This bill would permit taking of anchovies in Humboldt Bay between May 1 and December 1 without restrictions on area or use. Instead of 2 15-ton limits on the taking of anchovies in 2 separate periods, the bill would
establish one 60-ton limit on the total number authorize not more than 60 tons of anchovies that may to be taken between May 1 and December 1 of each year.
The bill would make this 60-ton take authority subject to an initial determination by the commission that the authority is consistent with the commission’s forage species policy, as specified. The bill would include, as part of the commission’s regulatory authority to protect the Humboldt Bay anchovy resource, the authority to adopt a regulation that changes this permitted take amount based upon credible science. The bill would delete the above-described provisions regarding inspection and notification of bait operations. By changing the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(3) Existing law regulates the Dungeness crab fishery and, among other things, permits the Director of Fish and Wildlife to delay the opening of the fishery in specified situations and regulates the taking of Dungeness crab during those delays.
authorize the director, upon the unanimous recommendation express the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the meaningful participation of the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group, as defined, to, on an emergency basis, close
Dungeness crab season in any waters due to whale entanglements, or reopen Dungeness crab season in those waters if the risk of whale entanglements has abated. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. and other stakeholders, develop procedures to limit the risk of entanglement of marine life from Dungeness crab fishing gear during the Dungeness crab fishing season. The bill would require the working group to evaluate the relative risk of whale entanglements, and the department, in consultation with the working group, to develop protocols and criteria including, but not limited to, the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program developed by the
working group, for potential action to mitigate that risk.
(4) Existing law requires any vessel using bottom trawl gear in state-managed halibut fisheries to possess a California halibut bottom trawl vessel permit issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife that authorizes the use of trawl gear by that vessel for the take of California halibut. Existing law requires a permit to be issued annually, and, since the 2007–08 season, has required an applicant to have previously held a valid permit. Existing law prohibits the department from issuing a permit unless a vessel has landed a minimum of 200 pounds of California halibut in specified calendar years before 2005, as provided, as documented on fish landing receipts. Existing law only authorizes transfer of a permit to another vessel if the transfer occurs before the implementation of a restricted access program and either the originally permitted vessel was lost,
stolen, destroyed, or suffered a major irreparable mechanical breakdown, or the permitholder has died, is permanently disabled, or has retired, and, in the case of death, disability, or retirement, California halibut landings contributed significantly to the record and economic income derived from the vessel, as determined by regulations adopted by the Fish and Game Commission. Under existing law, these provisions will become inoperative upon the adoption by the Fish and Game Commission of a halibut fishery management plan, as specified.
This bill would delete the above-described provisions conditioning issuance of a permit on landings in calendar years before 2005. The bill would delete both of the above-described limitations on the circumstances under which a transfer may be authorized, and would authorize the commission, before the implementation of a restricted access program, to consider a request to transfer a permit to another vessel, as provided, without
regard to either of those limitations.
(5) Existing law designates a specified area as the California halibut trawl grounds and regulates trawl net fishing within the trawl grounds. Existing law specifies trawl net fishing season in the trawl grounds. Existing law authorizes the Director of Fish and Wildlife to close the trawl grounds, or portions of the trawl grounds, to trawl net fishing or restrict the nets that may be used in the trawl grounds, or portions of the trawl grounds, if the director determines that the California halibut resource, or existing fishing operations, are in danger of irreparable injury, as provided. Existing law closes specified areas in the trawl grounds to trawl gear, and closes other specified areas unless the Fish and Game Commission finds that a bottom trawl fishery for halibut minimizes bycatch, is likely not damaging sea floor habitat, is not adversely affecting ecosystem health, and is not impeding reasonable
restoration of kelp, coral, or other biogenic habitats. Existing law requires the commission to close additional areas in the trawl grounds if it makes certain findings pursuant to a mandatory triennial review.
This bill would designate two additional areas as California halibut trawl grounds: an area of the ocean waters of Monterey Bay, as described, and an area of ocean waters offshore of Port San Luis, as described. However, under the bill, those additional areas would remain closed to trawling until the commission determines that trawling in those areas is consistent with the above-described provisions. The bill would also provide that trawl fishing gear may only be deployed in those additional areas between sunrise and sunset. By changing the
definition of a crime and creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(6) Existing law authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife, in consultation with the Dungeness crab task force, to develop regulations as necessary to provide for the retrieval of lost or abandoned commercial crab traps. Existing law requires the department, as part of those regulations, to establish a retrieval permit program that grants a person who obtains a retrieval permit the authority to retrieve during the closed season of the Dungeness crab commercial fishery lost or abandoned Dungeness crab traps belonging to another person and to receive compensation for that retrieval on a per trap basis. Existing law requires the department to establish a fee to be charged to a Dungeness crab vessel permitholder for each trap belonging to the permitholder that is retrieved through the program. Existing law prohibits the department from renewing
a Dungeness crab vessel permit until any fee imposed pursuant to the program has been paid. Existing law provides that these provisions shall become inoperative on April 1, 2019, and, as of January 1, 2020, are repealed.
This bill would revise and recast these provisions. The bill would require the department, in consultation with the Dungeness crab task force, to establish a retrieval program to provide for the retrieval of lost or abandoned commercial Dungeness crab traps by June 30. 2019. The bill would require, as part of the program, the department to establish a retrieval permit similar to the one described above, but would require the payment of a permit fee to obtain a retrieval permit and would provide that any Dungeness crab trap retrieved under the authority of a retrieval permit would become the property of the retrieval permitholder. The bill would require a retrieval permitholder to notify the former trap owner of the retrieval of a Dungeness crab trap
and to offer to sell the trap to the former owner for a reasonable recovery fee. The bill would require the department to impose a per-trap fee on any former owner who refuses to pay the recovery fee to the retrieval permitholder and to use the proceeds of that fee to reimburse the retrieval permitholder. The bill would authorize, rather than require, the department to deny an application for renewal or transfer of a Dungeness crab vessel permit until the applicant pays any fees imposed for failure to pay a recovery fee to a retrieval permitholder. The bill would extend the inoperative and repeal dates of these provisions until April 1, 2029, and January 1, 2030, respectively. By extending the operation of existing requirements, the violation of which would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(7) Existing law requires every trap or string of traps in state waters to be marked with a buoy.
This bill would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife, by January 1, 2020, to implement regulations requiring all traps and buoys to include standardized gear marking and clear identification of ownership. Because a violation of these regulations would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(8)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.