Lobster Imagery meeting minutes

Meeting Minutes, Sept 9 2019 4pm-6pm Harbor Classroom.

 

In attendance: James Voss, Jason Robinson, Julia Blanton, Gary Burke, Shane Robinson, John Colgate, Melissa Mahan, Joe Garrigan, Mike McCorkle, Jono Wilson, Frank Hurd, Chris Voss, Mike Nelson, Kim Selkoe, Adrian Stimson


CFSB has been collaborating with TNC to help them beta test a new tool based on taking images of product at the docks with a set up that can be used to size the animal. See the end of this post for more information about the context for this meeting.

All images were collected at the docks. All data belongs to the fisherman whose catch was imaged, and CFSB, and cannot be used by TNC or any other entity with out express permission of CFSB.The meeting opened with Frank Hurd of The Nature Conservancy giving a powerpoint presentation about the tool development. The minutes were re-organized somewhat by topic to make them easier to follow.

 

The motivation for this tool is to more easily collect monitoring data on size-frequency distribution based on length of catch. Length based on some past measure of spawning potential ratio (SPR) is what most FMPs are based on. So using length distribution now is better than average weight, in that it is consistent with the metrics in the FMP.

 

The tool includes a web-based app for uploading and analyzing length-frequency data. This system collects and stores photos and estimates a standardized length from each image.  The distribution of lengths from all the photos collected gives the length frequency distribution of the catch.

 

This collection and storage system speeds up the analysis process. Once a bunch of data has been inputted, there are options for immediately viewing different graphs and even comparing to a harvest control rule that can be inputted.

 

TNC has been beta testing this system, called Poseidon, by collecting several thousand images for north coast abalone, pinshell scallop in Baja Mexico, recreational finfish in So. California, and spiny lobster in Santa Barbara Channel.

 

The tool is being developed for all fisheries. In other parts of the world, fishermen are coming to TNC and asking for access to tools like this. The motivation to do this project was based on other fisheries wanting/needing this type of data.  N. Coast Ab and Pin Scallop asked for this tool.

 

Lobster was then added in because a lobster carapace is a difficult shape with unclear boundaries which makes it very challenging fro the computer to size, and so it will test the limits of the tools utility.  Jono and Frank also thought it would not be controversial because the fishery is in such good shape there is low risk that the new data would inadvertently lead to a new management decision that would be detrimental to the fishermen.  Santa Barbara is a convenient place to do the testing because of the relationships established.

 

All the images are taken dockside.

 

At this point, the computer is struggling to accurately find the boundaries of the carapace from the images and someone needs to go in and correct the line drawn from tip to tip by hand.

 

Also, because of the different size distribution of males and females, the lobster in the images should be identified as male or female. This wasn’t done during image collection, but it is now being done by looking at the leg morphology on the images.

 

Once that is completed, TNC will share the size distribution results from the data collection so far. This should be in the next few weeks.

 

The tool is not done and still needs to be proven. 

 

Comments and Questions (Audience in italics, TNC reps not)

 

We need to see the data before we can continue to support.

 

There’s the coast fishery, the MPA line fishery, different trap designs catch different sizes, and different regions and times of year. You need to consider all this in generating an accurate SPR.

 

Could be just as efficient to size by hand given the problems with the tool. The technology exists (Facebook, etc.) to read an image really detailed and accurately. Can you access better technology?

 

TNC has already sunk a lot of money into this project. They are still able to put additional budget into acquiring better technology, but haven’t yet found something they can afford. Hoping to work out a deal soon.

 

Helping this effort is consistent with the CFSB mission statement to support collaborative research, better fisheries management and tools for co-management.

 

The folks who participate in helping develop the tool want fisheries to managed with good information not bad information.

 

Lobster is currently monitored as average size of a load. Data is coming from the landing receipt based on number and weight.  You can’t extrapolate anything about the variation in lobster size from average weight. Switch to size frequency is good.

 

At some point the State will want to get a new estimate of lobster SPR. By having the size structure you know if a lot of little or big lobster are being caught, not the single average size. If you have more accurate high resolution data, you can make better management decisions.

 

Federal groundfish has voluntary fish measurement. This could be similar.

 

It would take a lot of motivation to choose to implement that in this fishery.

 

What are chances of a barely legal lobster erroneously being categorized as a short due to an error in the sizing on the computer? Who would be on the hook for getting the data right?

 

Those are good points that should be addressed in the tool development. The original image will always be kept so that even if the computer inaccurately estimates a lobster as shorter than it is, you can return to the image and see that it was not. Some level of acceptable error in the lengths of images would need to be established from seeing how a barely legal sized lobster could be misconstrued as short in the photo.

 

The FMP was $4 million and only resulted in the trap limit. New spending on this fishery isn’t worth it.

 

What did Chris do pre-season last year? Was this part of it?

 

Chris was involved in a short pre-season lobster study unrelated to this that did provide some weight-length conversions.  The study was focused on MPA production. Lobster in MPAs may have a large fraction of the spawning potential of the whole stock (or just region?).

 

What is the Data ownership agreement?

 

CFSB owns the data and TNC cannot use it outside the agreed upon internal analyses without prior agreement. We have this in a contract.

 

How did they sort out data ownership in the other fisheries?

 

For rec abalone and rec groundfish fisheries they dove themselves and worked with a small number of divers/anglers that agreed to the terms. So they are in close contact with the individuals involved in data ownership.

 

Using this tool in lobster fishery would help us get a look at what a healthy resource looks like. To demonstrate to other fisheries.

 

How accurately does length represent spawning potential? Shortlived species might have more variable growth rates.

 

We should consider the contexts in which CFSB fishermen could get some benefit from this since we have put time and effort into helping develop it.

 

When the tool is better developed, maybe the rock crab fishermen would be interested since the fishery may need some new strategies.

 

Rock crab fishery could get really bad news from this technology.

 

In the case of black cod, the trawl stock assessments are not reflecting the fishermen’s catch.

 

How could this tool benefit us? Use it inside and outside the MPAs  and show how much spawning biomass is in the MPAs and see that the harvest is small.

 

Using it with cowcod and abalone would help reopen these fisheries.  Seems like a better focus than fisheries that are already well managed.

 

There could be value in having our SPR calculation in hand and in case the managers try to paint a negative picture and we could counter them.

 

SPR is critical info in fishery re-opening - Rockfish are not considered overfished anymore because of the SPR and biomass calculations.

 

Ridgeback – could be a useful tool to bring high quality, validated data to the managers about change in size over time and in different areas.

 

Meeting was adjourned at 6pm.

 

Lobster Imagery Project Summary

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working to improve the management of California fisheries by facilitating opportunities for fishermen to play active roles in data collection and decision-making processes. One such area of investment is the development of digital data collection tools that can provide more accurate information in a timely manner. The Conservancy has recently developed an image recognition technology (Poseidon) that can be used on board vessels or at the dock to take photos of animals and automatically record the size/length. The Conservancy is looking to pilot this technology with fishermen to explore its utility and functionality.



Size data is one of the indicators for management specified in the FMP. The managers are supposed to use size data, but currently they are using average weight as a proxy for size data, which is flawed and inaccurate. With size, they can get an estimate of reproductive potential of the overall population, which feeds into estimating the maximum sustainable yield. With more accurate size data, managers can be more confident in the calculations of maximum sustainable yield, and this allows them to be less ‘conservative’ and risk-averse when it comes to managing fishing effort for maximum sustainable yield.



The scope of this collaboration is to demonstrate that this technology has the potential to generate an estimate of the stock’s Spawning Potential Ratio.



In Phase 1, conducted in Spring of 2018, CFSB tested out image collection equipment and protocols, built a library of 3000 lobster images. These images had many redundancies, and were useful only for training a computer algorithm for detecting the carapace length of a lobster from the images.



In Phase 2, conducted in Winter and Spring of 2019, CFSB was asked to collect several thousand new, unique images demonstrate that image recognition technology can be used to generate a an estimate of spawning potential ratio in the California Spiny lobster fishery.

 

 

 

CFSB General Meeting Minutes 8/1/19

Chris Voss opened the meeting at 4pm in the Harbor Classroom.

In attendance: Michael Harrington, John Colgate, Gary Burke, Shane Robinson, Jason Robinson, Jeff Maassen, Steve Escobar, Mary Nishimoto, John Richards, Michael Nelson, Adrian Stimson, Victoria Voss, Craig Brooker, Nick Voss

 

1. Boatyard Replacement project

Latest news on this ongoing project is that a Subcomittee of the Harbor Commission has been formed to investigate the challenges facing the commercial fishing community and create recommendations to present to City Council.  Three Harbor Commissioners make up the subcommittee. Karl Trieberg of the Waterfront Dept acts as staff for the committee, educating them, running their meetings, doing work to support progress.  The focus of the committee is on the need to find a new location for CFSB’s boat yard, and generally assess how city policy, zoning, infrastructure and funding meets or falls short of the present and future needs of commercial fishing. 

CFSB is engaging closely with Karl Treiberg to express our needs and help keep the ball rolling. John Colgate, Chris Voss, Kim Selkoe and Michael Nelson have been meeting regularly to serve this role on behalf of CFSB. All CFSB members are invited to engage with us on this long term project.

One next step for us is going to be a survey of current and future storage needs of the fleet, including gear, boat and cold storage, so we can more accurately estimate the total area needed to accommodate commercial fishing storage needs. Jeff Maassen will be assisting Kim with implementing this survey. Please participate and reach out directly if you haven’t heard from us in the next couple weeks.

Another next step for the Subcomittee and us will be taking Harbor Commissioners and Planning Commissioners on a tour of the current fisheries infrastructure and space use within and outside of the Waterfront. We are also helping to compile an evaluation of property availability and space use in the OC, OM and M-1 zones adjacent to the Harbor, and within the Harbor, including City-owned and privately owned land. Karl Trieberg will work with City Planning staff to lead the evaluation.

 

2. Safety Grants

CFSB received a $10,000 grant from the South Bay Cable Committee to create a safety gear reimbursement fund for CFSB members. During the General Meeting, we discussed setting a deadline of October 1st at 12 pm for CFSB members to submit receipts for reimbursement. At that time, the available funds will be split equally among the number of valid applicants. An application will be created shortly to use for reimbursement that will detail qualifying purchases. There will likely be some administration cost that will reduce the total $10K funding amount. It was noted that we will need to get in touch with Kathy Pfeiffer to cross reference the names of folks who get reimbursed for safety gear through the County’s program, to ensure against the possibility of double-dipping.  The application for the County’s safety gear reimbursement program was sent out on the CFSB email list last week.

Attendees brought up the Morro Bay Cable Committee’s large annual budget for safety gear reimbursement and suggested we look into how Santa Barbara fishermen could access more Cable mitigation funding in the future.

Also discussed was the status of the planned wind farm installations off of the Central Coast. Will there be impact to our black cod and blackgill grounds from the placement of the wind farm? At what point will there be opportunity to engage in the siting of the installation and mitigation? We will try to get some answers to these questions.

 

3. Year in review so far

We gave an overview of CFSB’s advocacy and outreach work in 2019 to date:

o   Lengthy engagement in the Planning Commission and City Council decisions on an OM-1 zoned property at 35 Cesar Chavez. This advocacy led directly to the formation of the Harbor Commission’s Fishing Subcommittee.

o   Sent a letter of opposition to the redevelopment plan for Channel Islands Harbor, and shared information about meetings on the subject.

o   Sent a letter of support for SB262

o   Tracked and communicated about Disaster Relief Funds

o   Attended 2 PCFFA meetings and tracked D-crab issues.

o   Pursued possible investors, partners, grants and properties that address our shoreside space needs

o   Engaged with Air Pollution Control Board

o   Spoke at MRC meetings about the need for engaged and informed Fish and Game Commissioners

o   Worked with the California Community Quota Banks to prepare for decisions about our own Quota Bank formation

o   Hosted Bob Dooley, Mike Conroy, Craig Shuman for port meetings

o   Engaged on Box Crab fishery issues

o   Supported ESA de-listing of Sea Otter

o   Wrote letters of support for seats on PFMC and other bodies,

o   Provided feedback on new initiatives of CDFW such as the new data portal, changes to FMP processes, possible roll out of e-Logbooks, etc.

 

-       Other outreach

o   Established dialogues with Coastal Commission, Trust for Public Land, entire City Council, Planning Dept, Waterfront Dept, Harbor Commission, OPC, FGC

o   Participated in a panel discussion at a community showing of the movie ‘Of The Sea’ about California commercial fishing.

o   Maintain an outreach table and fish filleting booth at the Saturday Market

o   Pass on other news of hearings, JOFLO, etc. via our email list

o   Gave educational lectures about our fisheries at a Community Environmental Council breakfast for their donors, the Harbor Merchant’s meeting, an impact investor conference called Reversing the Tide, and a philanthropy conference called Rachel’s Network.

o   Engaged with Surfrider to coordinate on lost trap clean up

o   Helped connect two science projects to fishermen interested to assist

 

4. We solicited ideas for future priorities for CFSB’s work. Ideas included:

            - Work with the Waterfront dept. on the pigeon problem. Have them put back the wires on the beams underneath the pier.

            - Take proactive measures to stem the decline of the sea urchin fishery. Engage on kelp forest restoration and purple urchin removal.

            - Work to get VMS on sport boats and bring management of sport fishing to the level of commercial fisheries where appropriate due to equal or greater take by. sport vs. commercial.

            - The West Channel Buoy needs enhanced maintenance. Can Mary Nishimoto help get the buoy tender up here?

 

5. Discussion on CFSB’s engagement in fisheries monitoring projects.

CFSB has put time into participating and/or providing feedback on several recent monitoring projects. These include giving constructive criticism to The Nature Conservancy about their push at the State level for electronic log books, participating in a shoreside digital image collection project by TNC using spiny lobster as a case study, and tracking the development of new electronic monitoring policy at the Council for the groundfish fishery.   

The spiny lobster project will have a port meeting in the next month or so to overview the project to date and gather fishermen input on next steps. 

The most concerning monitoring project going on is the Box Crab EFP process by the State. CFSB has been bird-dogging the Box Crab experimental fishery, which is being used by the Dept. as a testing ground to trial electronic monitoring systems for state fisheries. Because Chris Voss has a box crab permit, he is able to engage continually on the development of this EM project, and speaks forcefully against unbounded surveillance. Instead, Chris actively promotes the use of any monitoring to focus on gathering data on the size distribution of the catch. Size distribution is the basis of Spawning Potential Ratio (SPR) which has been shown to be a powerful, simple fisheries-dependent metric that indicates the health of the stock.  Integrating SPR data collection into the State’s monitoring gives them robust data to make better management decisions that are more likely to be favorable to fisheries compared to weak data on mean weight of catch which is unreliable and requires more restrictive management. 

Electronic monitoring is a new reality that we cannot ignore. CFSB leadership can speak with credibility about data collection and more forcefully influence the development of new monitoring because we are participating in it.

We noted that there has been no involvement by the Bren School at UCSB on any of these projects, including the lobster imagery project. Our intern, Nicholas Piper, was affiliated with the University of Delft in Holland, although he completed his undergraduate degree at UCSB. There has been no mention of partnership with the Bren School on the CFSB website in the past 3 years since Kim started managing the website.

 

6. At the Impact Investing conference we recently attended, two other speakers shared new technology of interest to fishermen.

1. A startup called Pelagic Data Systems has developed a GPS tracker being used in fisheries around the world instead of VMS. It does the same thing as VMS for a fraction of the cost, and allows fishermen access to their data easily.

2. A startup called Sofar Ocean has created a small, user-friendly underwater drone, essentially a remote controlled camera. They have prototypes they would like to get into the hands of fishermen to explore the ways in which this tool could be of use to commercial fishermen. Kim is coordinating meetings between the principals, Oran Arms and David Lang, and any fishermen interested in trialing a drone (no cost). You can check them out at sofarocean.com and contact Kim to get in touch with them.

 

7. Get Hooked update.

o   Benefits to the Fishing Community as of July:

§  530 additions to the CFSB/Sat Market mailing list

§  $4610 in $10 donations to CFSB. These are donations by the Get Hooked subscribers, meaning they are a tax write off for the subscribers only, with Get Hooked serving only as a pass through. We are choosing to donate to CFSB half of the $20 sign up fee each Get Hooked subscriber pays to us, instead of keeping it as profit. This may not be sustainable over the longer term, depending on the profitability of the CSF model, which is still unknown.

§  Bought $55,000 of seafood from 28 fishermen, about 80% of them operating out of SB harbor. Others in Moss Landing, San Diego and Channel Islands harbors.

§  35% of subscribers say they are more likely to buy from the Saturday Fisherman’s market after joining Get Hooked. 48% no impact, 18% less likely (most of these do not currently visit the SFM more than 4x per year).

§  Provide kitchen employment for 1 fishermen, 4 members of the fishing community

§  Helped 3 fishermen with questions about commercial kitchens and licensing for direct marketing

o   Recap of the relationship of CFSB and Get Hooked

§  CFSB put in a Letter of Support for the USDA grant. Other letters of support were also put in from TNC, The Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara Unified School District.

§  Get Hooked has increased the size of the CFSB email list, 3 fold (this helps for CFSB’s outreach and advocacy campaigns).

§  Part-time employment with Get Hooked  for Kim offsets the need for Kim to find full time work with CFSB or elsewhere, and allows her to do fisheries outreach and networking that benefits CFSB at no cost to CFSB.

§  It provides opportunities for joint events and promotion of CFSB, such as hosting film screenings and barbecues.

 

CFSB board members noted that the benefits of the relationship of CFSB to Get Hooked outweigh the negatives at this time. If that balance were to reverse, CFSB would take steps to change the relationship.

 

8. Update from Mike McCorkle about CCCA – California Coast Crab Association  

This is a recent group that formed in response to the Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit on whale entanglements. Their membership is fishermen and fishing businesses only, so there is no opportunity for CFSB to be a member as an organization.  They are focused on funding legal support for the Dungeness crab fleet, with no plans for addressing needs in other fisheries as of yet. Mike suggested that supporting them now may lead to them supporting our crab fleet later if/when similar problems occur down here. See more at https://www.facebook.com/cacoastcrabassociation.org/

 

9. Tabled for next Board Meeting:

- Vote on renewing membership with the Chamber of Commerce for $700/yr.

- Vote on contributing $4000 matching funds to our $20,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. This contribution will create more capacity to work on finding a new boat yard and engaging the City on protecting infrastructure for fisheries.

 

Chris Voss closed the meeting at 6:45pm

CFSB Board meeting 6/28/19 minutes

In attendance: Chris Voss, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, Mike Nelson, Jason Robinson, John Colgate, Michael Harrington, Kim Selkoe, Laszlo Nemeth, Brian Colgate

 

Suggested Agenda

1.     Report on progress of LEAF funded infrastructure project*

2.     Fish and Game Commission engagement report by Chris Voss

3.     Commission’s workshop on Fishing Community Resilience upcoming*

4.     Vote to send funding to Sea Otter de-listing campaign

5.     Vote on Trap Clean up partnership with Surfrider*

6.     Report on CBD vs. Bonham – San Diego working group letter follow up

7.     Abalone meeting report back by Chris

8.     Report on CFSB support of Get Hooked*

*See the end of this document for more detail on these items that was prepared in advance of the meeting by Kim.

 

MINUTES

(Note: agenda items were not approached in the order above)

 

o   We will aim for the 2nd week in July (8th-12th) for a general meeting during a bad weather window, if possible.

o   (#2 above) – George Osbourne, a rec fishing rep, approached Chris about collaboration.

o   Recommendation from the board: Talk to folks at the MRC in San Clemente on July 11th to feel it out.

 

o   Other news:

o   Dungeness Crab fleet has put in a bill to create a Marketing Commission, used the lobster bill as a template.

o   San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group sent a letter to Bonham asking the Dept to weigh in on whether or not they believe there is a need for Incidental take permits for the other trap fisheries so we avoid the situation that the Dungie fishery is in with CDB.  We may want to chime in on this. Suggestion to do more intel at MRC on next steps for CFSB.

o   Chris reported on attending an N. Coast Abalone meeting.

 

o   Kim was invited to attend FGC meeting in July on resilience of fishing communities to climate change (#3 above). All expenses paid by Commission. Agenda attached at bottom, with invite list. We are bringing a board vote on this to set a precedent on being more proactive about planning Kim’s time use on various topics.  Good opportunity for networking and getting the word out for our boatyard/land use project. Motion passed

o   Partnering with Surfrider on lost lobster trap removal (#5 above). Make it clear that our intent is to focus clean up during April-September, outside the season. We have limited time and funds to do the work, but so far the workload is highly doable. Make it clear that the geography is limited to the Gaviota-Carp stretch of coast. Suggest providing them with guidelines on how to dispose of traps if they chose to remove one themselves (set next to harbor dumpster). Adding our logo to the flier is good PR. Motion by Chris to participate, but not with unlimited commitment - unanimous approval.

o   Update on LEAF grant activities (#1 above). Everything discussed is in prepared notes. Reminder that only $8,000 of the $20,000 total grant funds is allocated to Kim’s involvement. We have only spent $4,000 to date. We hope to be able to work with land use analyst, etc. using additional grant funds, as planned in the budget submitted with the grant proposal.

o   Get Hooked: See prepared material below for coverage of this topic. Additionally, there was discussion that having an inexpensive membership option for the public, as has been pursued through Get Hooked, seems beneficial and we could further pursue this at other venues, e.g., the Saturday Market. The donations made by Get Hooked members are paid to Get Hooked. CFSB gets a lump sum quarterly, with list of names and addresses of the Get Hooked members. Most Get Hooked members chose to opt in to getting the CFSB mail chimp updates and Saturday Market Reports. We may want to design a welcome email sent from CFSB directly that welcomes them and explains what CFSB is and ways to support the organization.

Jason Robinson asked to put the following agenda items on the next membership meeting:

o   Can CFSB look for more grant money for safety gear?

o   Note: most likely sources are CREF at County and mitigation funds, like the South Bay and Morro Bay Cable Grants. In fact, CFSB just got a new Saftey Gear grant from South Bay for $10,000. Feedback on the nuts and bolts of how to set up reimbursements will be discussed at the next meeting.

o   Explain and answer questions about Get Hooked relationship’s with CFSB so confusion can be cleared up.

o   Recap the goals and motivations for the TNC lobster imagery project, hours spent on it, and what outcomes are expected.

o   Note, as part of this project, we are planning a dedicated port meeting about this topic to be held in the next month or two, date TBD. All welcome to attend.

o   What is the board’s stance on “digital” data collection and monitoring (as per a reference to it in previous advocacy letter submitted by PCFFA and CFSB jointly)?

o   Report on recent talk that we can all expect increasing pressure for more observer coverage in every fishery, and what approach CFSB should take on this.

 

 Meeting ended with a closed session to discuss salary compensations and financial planning.

PREPARED SUPPORTING MATERIALS for some agenda items above

 

1. Recent events on infrastructure project:

§  Kim and Mike Nelson met with Peter Rupert –

o   He’s been analyzing recent fisheries data (tied to Plains class action suit)

o   We will send him our Economic Impact data for inclusion of fisheries in his Economic Forecasting project for the County

o   He has offered his expertise and tools to aid our economic forecasting and strategizing about industry growth, as it ties into shoreside infrastructure planning.

o   He is interested in being part of our task force

§  We have had multiple meetings with Waterfront Dept, City Planning Staff, Coastal Commission, Harbor Commission to move the problem-solving process forward.

o   Working with the Waterfront Dept, we were successful in asking the Harbor Commission to form a Subcommittee on Fisheries to serve as a mechanism for evaluating and implementing ideas. 

o   Bird-dogging the Planning Dept. and CC on plan to update the Local Coastal Plan Implementation Plan, now that the policy part of the LCP was approved by CC.

§  Working with Radius and the Planning Dept. to evaluate land opportunities

§  Investigating the role of Stearns Wharf in Harbor Master Plan, potential for re-establishment of fisheries uses and connections on Stearns Wharf (leasing policies on local seafood in restaurants, possible live tank storage project).

§  Had a Fisheries tour for city council member Megan Harman this morning to show her first hand the space issues and infrastructure needs for fisheries and seafood industry. Toured the boat yard, hook-baiting in Funk Zone, SB Fish Market plant. It all went very well, she grasped our needs and appears interested to engage further.

§  Hoping to start gathering info from the fishing community on demand and willingness to pay to inform feasibility and scope of a new project.

3.  Kim has been asked to attend a workshop in Sacramento. This workshop is the result of the Fishing Communities Report that the Commission put out in September. Kim and Noah Oppenheim wrote a joint letter in response with heavy critique and pressure to do more. This led to a series of calls with Susan Ashcraft at the Commission and ultimately, this workshop, which is a subtopic of the larger issue of the future of CA fishing communities, focused on climate change adaptation.

More information on this project can be found here.

 

5. Surfrider lobster trap clean up.

Surfrider reached out to Kim about a partnership on lost fishing gear ID and removal. Right now, this is mostly reporting locations of lobster traps on beaches. Surfrider put a call out to its members to snap photos and report Lat/Long of lobster traps found along the coast.  CFSB (mainly Chris Voss and perhaps Sam Shrout) can then take over picking up and disposing of the traps. Surfrider created a flyer to announce this campaign. We can choose to add CFSB logo and language that this is a partnership between Surfrider and CFSB.

9. Get Hooked & CFSB

In April 2018 CFSB voted to put in a letter of support for a USDA grant proposal that included funds to restart a CSF in Santa Barbara. The grant is managed and formally belongs to Real Good Fish. Kim and Victoria are named subcontractors on it. CFSB’s letter of support is at the end of this document for reference, followed by the Board minutes that describe the plan that was voted on by the board last April for reference. This plan as described still holds today.

Kim’s motives for starting the CSF were to primarily to 1. Relieve CFSB of fully covering the cost of her outreach efforts to the Santa Barbara community about supporting local fisheries, and 2. Provide a new revenue stream to CFSB by making quarterly donations of revenue from Get Hooked to CFSB. These two goals are being met.

Report on Get Hooked Impacts to date:

- Get Hooked members make an obligatory $10 donation to CFSB upon sign up. This has raised over $4000 in funds this year for CFSB. (First check for $3,000 representing the first quarter was given to CFSB in April). Having a large community of supporters helps to amplify our message and provide opportunities to get signatures and other forms of support for our campaigns.

- Get Hooked will continue to strive to support direct marketing by fishermen. We have connected 3 fishermen with commercial kitchens and shared info on certifications required for direct marketing to restaurants and farmer’s markets. We strive to pass on information to restaurants about which fishermen are interested in direct marketing. If/when we are in a situation where no direct market is available to a restaurant, and it seems beneficial to the community to fill a need, we may explore supplying seafood to a restaurant. This has not yet happened. We will continue to check in with direct marketers about new opportunities we hear about, and get updated on market rates so as to avoid undercutting fishermen’s direct marketing efforts.

- Get Hooked has added over 400 new subscribers to the CFSB mailing list. This list previously contained only 99 members of the public who opted to receive the weekly Saturday Market email and reports on CFSB activities.

- 300+ individuals in the Santa Barbara area, Santa Ynez Valley and Ventura now receive Get Hooked’s weekly newsletters with educational content about local fisheries, a fisherman bio and recipes using local seafood. Some of this information is also blasted on our social media accounts, which have large followings.

-These outreach numbers and the large numbers of donors are listed in CFSB’s IRS reporting as a 501c3 non profit, and they are helpful to our maintaining our status, as well as fulfilling our educational mission.

- A poll of Get Hooked customers about their use of the Saturday Fishermen’s Market returned responses from 44 individuals.  The net effect of Get Hooked is to increase probability of visitation of the Saturday Market. 17 said they are more likely to go to the Saturday Market since joining Get Hooked and 9 said they were less likely. However, most surveyed said they never go to the Saturday Market and still don’t foresee going (22 people). 6 people answered ‘unsure.’ There doesn’t seem to be much overlap between the two crowds.

- In response to requests to better understand the commitment in the grant funded work that related to CFSB and the fishing community, Here are the sections of the grant proposal that address this topic.

“Kim Selkoe, Executive Director of Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, our port organization with 65 fishermen members, will organize meetings with the fishing community for fishermen to provide input on ways the new CSF can maximally benefit the port. This will include working out a structure of financial returns to fishermen and the port association, trialing new production and processing of underutilized and bycatch species, and developing a cross-promotion strategy that benefits the Santa Barbara Saturday Fishermen’s Market. This weekly market includes 6 fishermen vendors selling their catch directly to the public off their boats at the harbor pier. It has struggled to survive due to lack of promotion.”

One other sentence in the ‘Longterm Impacts’ section: “By directly supporting CFSB goals and fishermen, the CSF will contribute to the social and political cohesion and economic agency needed within the fishing community to meet the challenge of maintaining successful fisheries over the long term.”

Note that Get Hooked has 3 years to work on achieving these commitments. We have already started doing all three of the aims mentioned.

Discussion about Sablefish ITQ quota with Bob Dooley, fisherman rep to PFMC

FMC rep Bob Dooley met with CFSB fishermen to do a Q& A, mostly about Sablefish Quota

Wed. April 25th at 5pm in the Classroom

In attendance: Chris Voss, John Colgate, Mike McCorkle, Kim Selkoe, Mike Nelson, David Bacon, Gary Burke, ~5 more who did not sign in

Minutes taken by Kim Selkoe. They are partial (I wasn’t able to be there the entire time)

Comment from Bob:

There are actually large quantities of small Sablefish now, according to the stock analysis. That is happening along the whole coast up to the Aluetians. These small fish have been getting caught midwater with Pollock and whiting and hake. More recently they are getting caught in the bottom trawl - cohort going deeper. May be a big pulse coming soon? It’s a slow growing fish though.

Sablefish Allocation (Sam Tac) is doing a 5 year review. Original CAB (Community Advisory Board) of the 5 yr review, were a few council people but mostly community members. Bob was part of that as a community member. He is now in the the DFW seat and David Crabbe got Bob’s community seat.

(When they split off the Sam Tac body, each state got a rep with a vote, plus the chairman of the council = 5, plus NMFS = 6 votes. There are 7 or 8 non voting community members. Joanna Grabel got off the council, Margie Urenko said she doesn’t want to be a part of the SAM TAC. So Bob got the DFW seat).

Topic of the 5 year review was problems of gear switching. Whittling down the alternatives now. The concern is that only 20% of Sablefish allocation is taken. Non trawlers in the north want it reallocated to the north. Want to use it with tier fishery boats. That’s problematic. We have a trawl fishery here.

The amount of sablefish was determined by how much would be needed to take an amount of Dover out of the water that could economically support the size of the fleet. The fleet is shrinking due to shoreside infrastructure. But if CA lets that fish go, we will never see it back. The trawled fish will not come out of the water. However, if we don’t use all the quota it will very likely be reallocated. Bob would like to see all of the quota that is held in CA be used so that we don’t face a loss of fishing opportunity.

One idea that the SAM is considering: At the OR/CA border, the amount of Sable taken is at saturation. From 42-36 degrees, the take is at 50%, and below 36, there’s even less take. So, let the trawl guys who own the 36N fish to utilize that fish...

Rockfish attainment has climbed in the Central coast- allowing more midwater trawling.

In north, gear switching is seen as a bad thing. The reason it was allowed at the time was that Dover was having problems (or just erroneous surveys). If Dove ever dipped more, they wouldn’t be able to get the sable out so they turned to traps.

If we eliminate gear switch south of 36, there is no fishery. S. of 36 that’s all that happens. If the population is there (in the south) and expands, we may not get it if gear switching is eliminated.

However, if the next stock assessment shows all the fish are up north, this will lead to reallocation north.

SB fishermen:

We cannot use our quota until we have in a way that allows us to meet the observer requirement. We have small boats. We need EM, but there are no set guidelines yet on EM systems. We have been told to wait and see what the guidelines are.

Bob’s recommendation:

Get an EFP to get the observing system going. It allows you to fish with cameras before EM is implemented. Maybe someone to our north who has an EFP already would let us use it.

Theres a system out there that would be $300/mo plus $3K upfront. It uses a cloud based camera system.

Bob’s idea for smarter EM data analysis: Use it randomly 10% and only when there’s a red flag, eg. Log books or landing receipts don’t match the 10% data. Just having a camera on board, not knowing when it is on or off, will motivate compliance 100% of the time. Like a camera enforced traffic lights.

Who covers the cost of the camera footage review? Pacific states is covering the cost of review right now, but there is a cost directive for the future: all the review will be paid for by industry. In addition, any gov’t audit of the catch shares program will be paid for by the participants in the catch share program.

New topic- Trap limits in fisheries.

In a lot of fisheries, you increase the number of traps by creating a trap limit because the biggest guys lobby for large limits and every one feels they need to then have the limit. So then the end result is higher fishing pressure than before.


Discussion about Port projects with Mike Conroy January 30 2019

Mike Conroy is a fisheries consultant with a long history of engagement on behalf of fisheries such as squid, lobster, albacore and sportfish. His business is called West Coast Fisheries Consultants.

We invited Mike to share with us his insights about port infrastructure projects because of his expertise in the subject developed on various projects around the state, including the San Diego port redevelopment process that is engaging fishermen through the San Diego Fisherman’s Working Group.

CFSB has a new grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to assess our portside infrastructure needs over the next year, in particular, to determine a long-term or permanent home for CFSB’s 10,000 sq. foot boatyard. This boatyard is located on private property in the Funk Zone and is at risk of development. We are looking for insights on how to have a productive relationship with city government to problemsolve fisheries space needs, and learn about the creative financial, legal and organizational vehicles and structures that are being implemented elsewhere to establish renewed fisheries capacity and enterprise in California’s fishing ports.

Mike gave a powerpoint presentation that I have converted to PDF. Click here to view it.

I took a few additional notes about the discussion, below

 

There is a requirement that a port can’t reduce space for fisheries without showing that there is a reduction in need/use. They are required to do a study.

 

Its important to point out that the use is continuing despite huge new hurdles and decline in quality and condition of the economic landscape for fishing.

 

Stress the need for redundancies – can’t have just 1 working hoist in a harbor.

 

Also assess the future scenarios of changes to fisheries and port usage.

 

The Port of San Diego and the developer they are working with will create a 30,000 sqft building to house a fisherman’s co-op, wetfish pump, processing space for Santa Monica Seafoods and a hoist.  There will also be a grow-out area for mussels and live tanks for holding.

 

What is working about the San Diego Working Group? Compromise, avoiding antagonism, using buzz words.

 

Talk to Kenny Bates about the fight over dredging money.  What are the rules on how many boats must use a harbor in order to allocate dredging funds?

 

Find out from SB Waterfront Dept. what will happen with our Harbor Master Plan? Is it a requirement for every harbor to have a master plan? Is the concept that our HMP is ‘subsumed’ by the new Local Coastal Plan also a technical and official switch? How does that change jurisdictional oversight and pathways of recourse for getting involved in how it is implemented, evaluated and updated?

 

Check out Altasea in San Pedro – a Blue Tech company with an EDA grant

 

Younger fishermen do not have access to private property on which to store their gear and their boats during the off season. CFSB could do an assessment of where fishermen are leasing space in avocado ranches and other affordable locations. As the older generation that established strong relationships with these landholders retire, it may be hard for young guys to find out about these places and establish the trust required to be granted access and a sublease.

 

Jason Woods spoke about the deterioration of Channel Islands Harbor, and the trend to remove fishing infrastructure at that port. Mike had some suggestions for angles to take in fighting that trend.

Audience in attendance:

Gary Burke, Mike Nelson, Shane Robinson, Travis Riggs, Mike McCorkle, Chris Voss, Craig Brooker, David Bacon, Jim Marshall, Jeff Maassen, Jason Woods, John Richards, Carrie Pomeroy, Carrie Culver, Andy Rassmussen, Thomas Dabney.

Meeting with Craig Shuman and Julia Coates, January 30th 2019

Craig Shuman and Julia Coates from the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife joined us 3-5pm on Wednesday January 30th in the Harbor Classroom to hear questions and concerns from our community.

 

Underlined text represents comments by Craig or Julia.

 

Shuman began by laying out the rationale for creating the Box Crab experimental gear permit:

 

They saw rapid increase in landings of a non target species, Box Crab. This was a ripe opportunity to learn more about the species and develop a fishery.

 

He recognizes that access to fisheries is the big problem. Some want to limit it, others want in.

 

The Dept’s approach is to leverage their existing authority to develop a new fishery.

 

Its an opportunity to advance at-sea technology for data collection.

 

Also to determine how might the permits structure work if this becomes its own fishery.

 

The Dept is focused on continually working out ways to be adaptive and responsive and flexible.

 

Question from audience: Why did they go with a random draw and not history of landings?

 

Shuman: It came down to constraints and mandates. They had no ability to proscribe criteria about who gets the permits. AB1517 eliminated 8606 code for the authority to issue box crab permits. Now they would need new regs to be developed to create usable criteria. CDFW will try to develop them over the next year. Under these circumstances, the Department decided to push forward to get the permits out in December before AB1517 hindered their ability to move forward without a lengthy new process.

 

The Random draw was an unbiased way to do it. The criterion for inclusion in the invitation to the draw was being a licensed permittee for the 3 specialty trap permits (Lobster, Rock Crab or Dungeness).

 

Julia: The Dept. mailed a gard copy letter to every trap permit holder about 1 year ago announcing this process. It went out to 800 individuals that have permits for lobster, rock crab, or Dungeness. Then they invited those folks to several public meetings.

 

The random drawing was in order by region.  The participants in the draw would need to decide whether they really wanted in if they won a spot. The cost of participation includes: $4500 annual fee, monitoring costs.  There were 15 applicants to be in the random draw, 8 permits were issued.

 

One of the challenges with giving preference by landings history, is that box crab isn’t legal to be targeted. If you give preference to the box crab landings holders, it is rewarding those who were not following the regs.

 

Using historic landings in the past has caused problems as to what the cut off is for how many landings gets you in the running. The department gets served with appeals to their decisions.

 

Permit issuance is yet to be decided. Craig and Julia want our input. How do we keep people on the water?  A lot of folks sit on permits because they are worth a lot. They do not want to enable permit speculators.

 

Audience comment: It’s a dangerous precedent to have to compete amongst ourselves for the right to go fishing.

 

Response: How are fishermen ever not competing? Craig doesn’t see this as substantially different.

 

Audience Comment: Fish and Game Commission has no awareness of their role in how resource allocation is done. If the dept starts to embrace alternative approaches to allocating fishing opportunities, away from emphasizing historic take, there will be no real oversight.

 

Using box crab as a potential experiment. This is short term.  Want to ensure it doesn’t set a precedent.

 

Comment from audience: MLMA requires bringing in stakeholders in a working group. The managers must understand the larger ramifications of trying a new approach that disregards history.

 

Response: Pink shrimp is an example where barrier to issuing more permits is that nobody in it wants more permits issued even though there is capacity.

 

Comment: Transferability and owner operator approaches can work.

 

Response: Another example is the petition to open more spot prawn permits. The 17 left in the fishery now scream at the possibility.

 

Comment: There’s a constant reduction of area, permits.

 

Question: Will you potentially keep the number of permits at 8 after the first 3 years?

 

Response: There is no guarantee there will be a fishery. It depends on whether the resource sustain the pressure. If so, where can it sustain the pressure?  If you participate in the experiment, that doesn’t guarantee you will get a permit.

 

Question: How do you determine whether to go with a fishery?

 

Response: CPUE, response of the stock with tagging study, depletion study. In the experimental box crab fishery, there is a trap limit and monitoring, size limit, and trip requirement (50 trips).

 

Comment: There was a local fisheries impact program 20 years ago that tried an exp. Box fishery. Columny participated.

 

Comment: What happens when they catch cowcod because they don’t have the expertise to avoid it?

 

Response: We were fortunate that the random draw gave a mix of guys with and without landings. Don’t want to bias the experiment to only using those with landings and then open to novice and get a lot of bigger damage than estimate. We weren’t happy that some of the guys who we worked with didn’t get permits.

 

Comment: Spider crab is an example where you can get a total annual quota. Could there be a similar status quo level of box crab landings?

 

Response: All of it is on the table – historical, open access via trip limits, TAC, etc.

Restricted Access programs have created a bunch of haves and have nots. The mandate is that the resource is sustainably fished. Need to have a discussion with stakeholders.

 

Deepset buoy example – everyone who applied got an experimental fishing permit.  Whose going to own the data?

 

Pacific States holds the data. Fishermen own it and can give you a limited license to review it. Need to unpack data ownership and confidentiality. CA has some of the strictest rules on confidentiality.

 

Comment: Please move away from using observers. Can’t do it with our small boats.

 

Question: How will the box crab experimental fishery relate to a possible future trend toward more observer coverage in all State managed fisheries?

 

Response: It will allow us to examine what are the opportunities for at sea monitoring.  For instance, with more Electronic Monitoring, we can have better accounting of where trap gear is and where the whales are, to avoid cutting the season down when whales are present.  They are either concentrating offshore for krill, or nearshore for anchovies and sardines.  National fishermen article by Ray Hilborn a few months back make the case for fishermen to embrace more monitoring.

 

Another example: CDPH could require that we have monitoring of all vessels so that a vessel can transit through Domoic Acid closure area.  Currently, you can have no possession in a closed area because possession = take. Cameras would allow that transit.

 

Question: how has the box crab experiment gotten funded?

 

Response: Julia’s gotten $300 k to support the experiment to offset the fees of the experiment, electronic monitoring and research. She is not paid directly from that money. Her salary is covered as always by the State.

 

Question: How will regulators decide how much catch can this resource sustain?

 

Response: It depends on trap design. Trap design in the box crab experiment will be varied. They will use statistics to see the impact of trap design on catch.  Also using tagging and experiments to see how much fishing it takes to get declines in catch for a given area.

 

Fishing in the experiment will start April 1 for 1 year. Renew the program and maybe open up new opportunity in a new EFP the following year.

 

Shuman gave more updates on what the Department is up to:

 

Working on their bycatch working group results, and implementing the updated MLMA. The Dept is very focused on a more “scaled” approach to fisheries management. Moving away from requirement to do a FMP because the State can’t manage to do it under 5 years and under $5 million. Instead, they are developing “enhanced status reports” (ESR) – snapshots of a fishery – research and management gaps and opportunities. They will be released later this year on an online ‘fisheries portal.’ That is searchable.  ESRS will be living documents- no formal public comment. Can revise and update if there is a need.

 

 

They will use a prioritization exercise to inform what to work on next. Priorites will be informed by ESR. This will help to guide NGOs into the topics we want to focus on.

 

Another new development: They are working on systems for “data review.” Created a new position for data management. Someone who will assess all data: What is it, why, do we trust it, do we use it?

 

Also, July 1 Etix becomes mandatory. No more paper landing receipts. 3 day turn around on landings data. There will still be a paper ‘dock ticket’ that is given to the fisherman. Can be any format – napkin is fine. Department will issue a form you can use.

 

In mlma implementation, there was emphasis on unmonitored bycatch. Example of a fishery that needs work on data resources: Set net gillnets have very little knowledge on bycatch at state level despite heavy federal monitoring with observers .

 

There will be an effort by the Department to straighten out: What data is available? What tools are available?

 

Who determines if the information is acceptable? The Commission, informed by the department.

 

Salmon and Sardine disaster funding were approved. Sardine is appropriated. Urchin: currently working on a re-request that is back out to Governors office, moving forward soon. Dept recommendation was to approve it. For the north county.

 

Kelp on the north coast: Department not supporting rec removals, but are supporting 40 gallon total bag limit.

 

Dept also working on Emerging ocean uses – artificial reefs, offshore energy, aquaculture.

 

Dep wants your input on ORHEP review of white sea bass hatchery. It has cost $20mill+ over the past 20 years. Statutory mandate run by advisory panel. Review results show that the program hasn’t been contributing to the population of white sea bass. Need to hear more from constituents on what to do.

 

Drift Gillnet: Working on regulations to implement buy out program. The way it works you can put your name in for it. NGOs and OPC are funding it. Will it be 20 or 36 individuals who qualify? If they don’t find the money ,the clock doesn’t start. Will the list of NGOs be made available? There’s a 4 year clock.

 

Comment: As of march 1st the permits aren’t transferable.  How can the OPC give money to put a sustainable fishery out of business?

 

The money isn’t going to the department. Pac States may manage the accounts with very small overhead.

 

We have proven that time and energy removing urchins continually will allow kelp to regrow.

 

 

Notes on Post-meeting discussions by a couple CFSB boardmembers:

 

The Commission has been misled to think that latent capacity is a bad thing but it creates flexibity -  it can be beneficial to have effort sitting on the sidelines. Fishermen have to have a portfolio. If the rest of the mgnt structure ensures sustainability, latent capacity is ok. Just need a system to deal with the uncertainty of a possible large sudden influx of activity from latent permits due to changes in availability or value of the resource.

 

Could there be a system wherein fishermen declare you aren’t planning on prioritizing permit use, some way to formalize the latency.  Have a tiered price of maintaining the permit and different transferability rules for latent permits.

 

We need an analysis by economists to describe the management approaches and access policies that can drive sustainable fisheries mngmt toward good long term SOCIAL outcomes.  Understand ways of allowing smart permit transferability.

 

The analysis could look at factors related to environmental change and dynamic fish populations interacting with the economics of permit transferability to inform CDFW as to how to allocate box crab opportunity. Case study of geoduck fishery in Puget sound - an auction of access. How do you avoid corporate interests taking over? Owner operator needs protection and prioritization.

 

The goal should be to give maximal numbers of fishermen opportunity within the confines of what the resource can support for both biological and economic sustainability.

 

CFSB General Meeting Minutes, December 17, 2018

Minutes composed by Michael Harrington.

The meeting was gaveled to order at 1100 hours by president Chris Voss and Roberts Rules of Order were loosely followed.  A quorum was present and after approving the last meeting minutes we got down to business.  I think there were about seats filled.

0. Financial Report:  Harrington reported that all of the tenants in the Storage Yard were current with the rent.  This is a first.  Harrington also reported that because of 4 grants totaling $61,460.00 the CFSB balance sheet is looking better.  All of the grant funds are budgeted according to the specifics of each grant.  A 2018 donation of $1000.00 to the Maritime Museum was unanimously voted in and was included in the 12.17.18 P&L.  Andy suggested that safety would be a good ask to the cable committee.  It was noted that the CFSB financial situation has greatly improved with the addition of CFSB Executive Director, Kim Selkoe.

1. SB Foundation LEAF grant plans

We were successful with our latest grant proposal to the Santa Barbara Foundation for $20,000. This funding will support a 1 year scoping project to identify more space (and more permanent space) for our CFSB boat yard, and explore ideas to expand the utility of the boat yard into the ‘Fisherman’s Village’ multi-use facility. We have begun having meetings with the Waterfront department to identify how the City can support us in this process. See our proposal here.

Kim and Jeff Maassen attended ‘Fish 2.0’ an impact investing workshop for California fisheries projects. Kim focused on our proposal for dedicated space for gear and boat storage and Jeff focused on abalone and bivalve aquaculture and wild harvest shellfish opportunities that the Channel oil rigs could one day provide. The meeting was very valuable and we got some good leads on possible funding and partnerships. We have already followed up with the California Fisheries Fund and 2 possible financial advisors. All seem very interested to assist us.

We have also been given a heads up on a property at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Yanonali that was just renovated with a beautiful set of warehouses. The owner is underwater from the building costs and could be interested in selling or leasing. The owner is right now seeking an exemption from the Ocean-Manufacturing-1 zoning of the property, which requires the property to be used for maritime industry related activities. There is a precedent in which 2 other nearby properties have been granted this exemption. The owners simply can claim that the upgrades to the property make the rent too exorbitant to get a maritime oriented tenant. We plan to attend the hearing to point out that this is a serious loophole that undermines the function of the OM-1 zoning category. We feel its important to be careful not to antagonize the property owner, given his real financial hardships and the possibility we may someday be able to work with him.

2. Phase 2 lobster digital imagery project with TNC

This will begin in January. Intern Nicholas Piper will do the field work to collect the data, under supervision by Kim and Chris. The goals are to continue building the image library by adding another 6000 images from lobster landed in our port, and engage the fishing community in shaping the use of this new technology so that potential pitfalls related to data sharing can be avoided, and realistic applications for fisheries improvement can be identified. This work comes with $30,000 toward CFSB operating expenses and the expenses related to the project.

3. New Economic Impact Report preliminary results

Nicholas Piper has created an update to the 2014 Economic Impact Report by adding in data available from the Department for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. We have a rough draft; he is working on making some changes to the presentation of the charts and statistics. We will be asking fishermen for their assessment of the trends and what forces are behind them. We see this as a living document that can be used in many settings. We may also want to make a nicely formatted brochure as with the 2014 version, but this will be a cost.

4. Update on launch of Get Hooked Community Supported Fishery

The first 2 weeks of seafood delivery went really smoothly, thanks to the support of many fishermen and others in our harbor. We have decided to give our subscribers membership in CFSB for 1 year as a ‘port supporter’ (non-fishing and non-voting) category of membership. They pay $10 for this, all of which goes to CFSB. We are also asking that all fishermen we buy from have current CFSB membership. We have 43 members so far in a ‘friends and family’ 4 week pilot season. We will roll out a public launch in mid January, aiming for 200 subscribers and growing from there. See September 2018 meeting minutes for more detail on the structure and funding of Get Hooked.

5. Update on Box Crab:

Chris gave a brief summary about how the CDFW is conducting a huge experiment at the expense of the resource, fishery management in general and experienced fishermen with prior catch history.  The implications of giving permits to those with NO CATCH HISTORY over those fishers who promoted developing the fishery and have incalculable experience could well set a precedent that is as unthinkable as the current box crab management scheme.  The lottery awarded 8 permits, five of which were to those with NO CATCH HISTORY.  That precedent alone has implications beyond imagination.  They ignored Chris’s imploring to, at the very least follow current policy.  Ron Ellis, quite eloquently, voiced his consternation that the CDFW has reached a new low in common sense fishery management.

6. Update from Gary Burke: 

Gary, coming off the heels of Ron, took it a step further into the federal level.  Gary went to Washington DC, hoping to educate the law makers to the reality of modern sword fishing.  Gary said his take away from the whole experience is that the deck is stacked and that it basically is a game of attrition.  The buy out appears to be a pipe dream bandied about to get the pressure off the rule makers.  Unfunded buy outs coming to fruition are hard to find.

7. PCFFA board meeting report: 

Kim, Chris and Mike attended the PCFFA board meeting in SF.  A major topic was the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against 2 oil companies to recover losses related to domoic acid closures due to warming of the ocean linked to burning fossil fuels. The PCFFA is in the process of submitting a list of issues that would be befitting governor Newsom to address.  Someone wondered out loud where that list would end up. 

8. Other fisheries news

Electronic log books are on the way along with camera’s…get used to it.

Mike Conroy has a list of suggested topics for the Newsom Admin to focus on.

Safety grants from the county are slim and none.

Engine grants in other counties are more comprehensive than SB county.

Wind farms ARE going into fishing areas.  Mitigation is by negotiation and not being made public.

Coastal Conservation Association, a recreation fisher group, is expanding sphere of influence and needs com. fishers to guide them.

 

 

CFSB Board Meeting Minute September 10, 2018

4-7pm Harbor Community Room.

In attendance: Michael Harrington, Chris Voss, Steve Escobar, Ben Hyman, Paul Teall, Bernard Friedman, Gary Burke, Brian Colgate, Laszlo Nemeth, Harry Liquornik, Jeff Maassen. Guests: Michael Nelson, Nicholas Piper, Victoria Voss

 

Agenda

1. Bylaws Amendment

2. Introduce new volunteers

3. Update on Ventura Shellfish Enterprise

4. Update on SB1017

5. Update on Crab Disaster funding

6. PCFFA contract

7. Harbor Festival prep

8. Update on the Community Supported Fishery launch

 

Minutes:

 

Chris Voss opened the meeting at 4pm.

 

1. Motion made by Voss, seconded by Harrington, to approve board meeting minutes from last meeting. Unanimous approval.

 

2. Bylaws amendment. Kim drafted edits to the CFSB bylaws to address new use of board member alternates. Draft content changes include: Article IV, Section 4: “The voting members may also chose to elect alternates for each of the board members.” And Article V section 9: “ Alternates, if elcted, will be assigned to represent a specific board member. Alternates will only participate in board votes when their assigned board member is not present or fails to respond to requests for a vote by mail. Proxy votes can be collect from elected board members only, not from alternates. Boardmembers are encouraged to submit their proxy vote through their alternate, but may choose to submit through another board member instead.” Motion to approve draft content made by Voss, seconded by Harrington. Unanimous approval.

 

3. Introduction of new volunteers: Michael Nelson has volunteered to assist Kim in carrying out CFSB activities, principally for now around infrastructure needs, long-range planning, and fostering relationships with the local government. His background makes him highly qualified to do so. He will be available 3 days a week after he transitions to retirement, sometime by the end of 2018. CFSB has never turned down volunteer help. When asked, Michael confirmed his intention to represent CFSB’s positions on issues without interference of his own positions, if and when they differ. Gary Burke made a motion to task Michael Nelson to look for ways he can benefit CFSB. Bernard seconded. Unanimous approval.  Nicholas Piper is a Master’s student at U. Utrecht in the Netherlands who was an undergrad at UCSB and is spending the year in Santa Barbara. He has volunteered with Kim before and is now willing to assist in collecting new data and information about the status of fisheries to help in updating the 2014 Economic Impact Report.

 

4. Ventura Shellfish Enterprise.  Chris and Kim held recent meetings with Doug Bush and with Oscar Pena and Brian Pendleton, Managers of the Ventura Port District. In both meetings we clarified that there were 2 main issues that CFSB is concerned with. First, that assurances must be baked in to the VSE’s sub-leasing policy that will avoid a single corporate entity from taking over all 20 subleases. We feel that the intention to support multiple small operators must be carried through to justify this project. Second, the siting must do more to avoid interference with net fishing. We are not comfortable with the current alternatives 1 and 2 in the CASS application for a Federal lease. The siting alternatives submitted by fishermen have not been acknowledged. A motion was made to submit a letter to the VSE pulling our support for the project until they are able to demonstrate that they have explicitly designated opportunity for small-scale entities and a diversity of entities in their leasing policies, and respond to the siting proposals. Motion made by Gary Burke, seconded by Chris Voss. Unanimous approval.

 

 

5. Update on SB1017 by Gary Burke. This bill to shut down the drift gillnet fleet is still waiting to be signed by the Governor.  A Federal bill authored by Feinstein, supported by Kamala Harris has huge sportfishing backing.  CFSB has contributed funds toward the legal battle.

 

6. Update on Crab disaster funding.

- Paul Teall reported on calls he had with Sonke Mastrupe and Craig Shuman. Both asserted that the disaster money is a federal grant not intended to provide sufficient direct payments to fishermen to cover losses and will carve out funding for research.

- (Note: Looking at the Sept. 7 CDFW letter announcing their proposed spending plan, they do recognize that the funding must be split between direct payments and ‘mitigation.’ They name direct payments as their highest priority. The plan suggests 3% ($688,787) designated for rock crab. Of this 3%, one third will go to rock crab processors. The payments will be based on historic landings with a weighting by tiers of total pounds landed in affected fishing blocks.  Fishermen must have a cumulative total of 1000lbs between 2012 and 2014, and hold a permit for the 2015/2016 season, to be eligible. See details of calculations used to determine payouts in Appendix B. Also look at p.9 of this presentation from their Aug. 29 webinar.) 

- Sonke recommended that fishermen double-check that the Department’s estimate of their landings are correct.   

- Suggestion was made to make sure rock crab gets representation on the Coastal Dungeness Crab Tri-State Committee run by Pacific States. (Note: I looked at their webpage today and read the meeting notes of their last meeting from July 24/25. One interesting item at the top of p.3 was: “WA and CA will consider enhanced crab traceability measures similar to OR’s new crab records requirements in order to have additional options and flexibility, such as harvesting under an evisceration, in future biotoxin events affecting the region.” Definitely something to follow and assess pros/cons of supporting or opposing.)

 

7. Harbor festival planning. Chris and Harry will get organized on the booth and sorting out the line up of vendors on the pier. Kim and Mike McCorkle will cover the education table.

 

8. Update on the Community Supported Fishery launch. At the last board meeting, the board approved supporting the development of a CSF that would benefit CFSB, and would be operated by Kim and Victoria Voss. Kim and Victoria have moved forward with forming the CSF as an LLC, named Get Hooked, with only Kim and Victoria as co-owners (65%/35% ownership split, respectively).  It was previously discussed that Get Hooked should be structured to minimize the risk and burden to CFSB that running a business would entail, while still creating strong benefits.

 

 Although a for-profit entity, the business commits to donating a portion of profits to CFSB. Kim and Victoria stated the intention of Get Hooked to operate in good faith and for the best interest of CFSB. Another CFSB meeting will be scheduled to further nail down the ways in which CFSB and the fishing community can maximize benefits from Get Hooked, while minimizing potential disruption or unintended consequences.

 

It was discussed that Get Hooked will contribute to advertising the Saturday Fishermen’s Market and does not intend to use the market as a platform to promote an alternative source for local seafood. Farmers Markets typically bar advertising CSAs at the market site, and this seems like good policy to follow. Get Hooked plans to reach a new audience that is currently not going to the harbor for seafood, and develop education and incentives to encourage them to do so.  

 

A commercial kitchen space on Aero Camino in Goleta will be used for Get Hooked processing. We also discussed nascent plans to facilitate direct marketing by CFSB fishermen by assisting with their access to and permitting for using this commercial kitchen space, and reaching customers. We would like to explore the potential for developing an independent seafood processing facility open to CFSB fishermen. 

 

A grant from the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program that Kim wrote and submitted in partnership with Real Good Fish (a CSF in the Bay Area), was summarized. (Update: We were just notified that it will be funded). It was submitted through Real Good Fish and not CFSB because Real Good Fish has received two other USDA grants in the past and we were told that this would increase our chances of getting a third (because they are a known entity with the a good track record). The new grant will provide 3 years of partial salary support for Kim and Victoria to run Get Hooked as well as some funds to cover capital expenses. It also funds the development of a CSF ‘replication model’ and starter toolkit that will be built from the experiences of both Real Good Fish and Get Hooked, and made available to other ports. Alan Lovewell of Real Good Fish is the lead on developing and delivering the replication model, whereas Kim and Victoria will focus on launching Get Hooked CSF.  

 

Service area for Get Hooked is expected to extend along the 101 corridor from Santa Ynez through W. Los Angeles. The current timeline has Get Hooked’s expected launch date in January. We hope to launch with at least 100 customers and build to 250-350 by the end of the year.

 

Concern was raised about whether Real Good Fish offers higher dock prices. Ben Hyman confirmed that for salmon they are ‘a bit’ higher. Kim and Victoria stated the primary goal of Get Hooked is to educate the public and create new demand for local seafood in order to benefit fishermen long-term, and indirectly, other local seafood outlets.  Rather than paying a significantly higher price at the dock, Get Hooked intends to pay a higher price for any inconvenience to fishermen for segmenting their load in the instances when Get Hooked is unable to purchase a whole boat. The potential for Get Hooked and the SB Fish Market to collaborate on providing seafood to schools was also noted.

 

Concerns were raised around the perception of running a for-profit business using grant-funded start-up money. The USDA Local Food Promotion Program is set up to support for-profit businesses that show strong potential to aid communities of producers and preserve their longevity and value despite global trade forces making it hard for them to survive. There are components of the USDA grant to fund new educational resources on fisheries and local seafood, and to develop seafood delivery for the Santa Barbara School District. These components of the business are unlikely to be profitable, but can happen with the funding.

 

An MOU will outline the partnership between Get Hooked and Real Good Fish. Alan Lovewell will not have partial ownership of Get Hooked. The two businesses will share resources, get training for the launch of Get Hooked and have continued peer business support. For instance, we may coordinate the supply from one region to the other when weather is bad in one region and nothing is coming in, and we may pool our seafood purchasing to allow us to purchase entire boatloads of products.

 

Kim and Victoria are happy to answer any questions at any time about Get Hooked. Kim: 805-259-7476, Victoria: 805-456-9681. Victoria@gethookedseafood.com

 

Chris Voss closed the meeting at 7pm.

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes May 16, 2018

Chris Voss opened the meeting at 10am in the Community Room.

 

In attendance: Michael Harrington, John Colgate, Chris Voss, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, Miles Wallace. Guests: Stephanie Mutz, Victoria Bernsen, Alan Lovewell

 

1.      Motion to approve last meeting minutes made by Chris Voss, seconded by Gary Burke. Unanimous approval.

2.      Michael Harrington presented latest financial statements. Bank Account holds the largest balance in recent memory - $90K in bank. All bills for year are paid; expecting more grant income shortly. Recent deposits include the TNC Lobster Image grant ($12,500), The South Bay Cable grant ($8,730) and Foodbank donation ($1800).

3.      Yard updates:  The gates will all shortly be fitted with locking mechanisms to deal with wind. Nylon on first 6 feet of fence height added for security and privacy.  Rules are that the yard is for sublease to commercial fishermen only. Bill Latimer's sublease will be ending soon. He has a commercial fishing license and has been diving up north. His boat is registered for 2018.  He wants to sell it, has extra Mercruizer 454. He will consider donating the boat if it doesn't sell soon.

4.      South Bay Cable Committee report from Gary and Mike: So Cal will see 3 new cables put into fishing grounds in coming years. Cable Committee will have more money.  It difficult to know how to determine how much the cable companies should pay in. This year they received many grants and tried to give each some funding. Next year maybe CFSB should put in multiple grants. Ours was only funded at 45% of what we asked.

5.      Presentation of mid-year Executive Director’s report by Kim: See attached document that was circulated. She has tracked her time weekly, and determined that she has worked 40% time on average per month. Currently she is paid for 35% time. She asked that when the board approves her salary payment for the second half of the year, they up the compensation to cover 40%. This amounts to asking that an additional $3K be released for salary coverage. It is not an ask for a raise, but full compensation for the basic number of hours the job will require for the second half of 2018. Workload is anticipated to be the same or slightly more, especially as the Quota Bank formation begins. She will continue to try to minimize her workload to create a sustainable level of cost to CFSB for her services over the long run. Motion made by Michael Harrington to accept Kim’s written proposal, Chris second,  unanimous approval.

a.       Also the board flagged that we may not want to spend all of the salary allotment to initiate the quota bank in the first two years. What will the quota bank continue to cost us over the long run? Harrington reports that filing the paperwork is a minimal time commitment. We want to do what it takes to see the Quota leased at least 2 of the next 5 years. We may need to throw in coverage of camera costs for observer requirements to make it leasable.  Need to add in a fee for quota bank management that fishermen pay. However, there’s possibility of more compensation from TNC for future costs.

6.      Presentation of ideas and plan for starting up a Community Supported Fishery program by Kim: The motivations to do this are - Educate the public, foster support for fishing livelihoods and new demand for local seafood, create a revenue stream for CFSB, cross-promote the Saturday market, tie CFSB into the local food systems community of potential donors and supporters, create a new outlet for local fishermen. CSF program would include delivery to neighborhoods, households and schools. We would be able to share email lists, encourage CSF customers to join CFSB and spread news about CFSB activities, share the event planning for an annual fundraiser, share operation of a food truck that makes money for CFSB. Probably best way to formalize the relationship is for the CSF to be a flagship member of CFSB and give a large annual (or quarterly) donation of some of its revenues to CFSB. This could help support the ED position. Scenarios for financial projections estimate that monthly revenue could be $2-5K for the CSF total. Victoria Bernsen, daughter of Chris Voss, is interested in helping launch and co-manage the CSF. Alan Lovewell, who runs a successful CSF in the Bay Area, would be a business consultant to help launch it and would continue to stay involved so that the 2 CSF programs share costs and supply when needed. Alan and Kim wrote a grant proposal to USDA to get funding to launch the CSF. We will hear about the grant success in late summer. Michael Harrington made a motion to acknowledge that the board understands the CSF idea and plan, agree to support it moving forward, and will support it with sale of our fish. Second by Chris Voss, unanimous approval.

7.      Report on drift gill net ban fight at State and Fed levels by Gary Burke: ask Gary or Kim for details.

8.      Board discussed sending in a check to PCFFA for annual membership. Usually give $250 or $500.  Want to show support and get high quality representation. Want to build the relationship and attention from Noah. Motion from MH, second by Chris Voss, to pay $1K to PCFFA for 2018. Unanimous approval.

Meeting adjourned at 12pm by Chris Voss.

 

 

 

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes February 26, 2018

Agenda:

  • 1.     Chamber of Commerce membership
  • 2.     Discussion with Jono Wilson of The Nature Conservancy
  • 3.     Ventura Shellfish Enterprise update.

Chris Voss call to order 5:10. In attendance, Gary Burke, John Colgate, Miles Wallace, Steve Escobar, Mike McCorkle, Bernard Friedman

1.     Chamber of commerce.

Ken Oplinger and Todd Wilson from the Chamber came to explain chamber membership options. One of the biggest assets for CFSB is their lobbyist, who can be sent to legislative hearings in Sacramento anytime. He has already helped represent our interests several times for the DGN fight, the lobster commission and the proposed landings tax last year. Ken is also available to be an advocate for us at local, state and federal level. Already the Chamber has sent in many letters of support to our causes over the past 2 years.  They will continue to cover our liability for the fillet station. They promote the Saturday market in many print and online outlets. The Chamber board is a huge resource and 3 board members have donated over a thousand to CFSB during our fundraisers. Ken offered to create a membership option for our first year that meets our needs.

      After Ken and Todd left, the board discussed Chamber membership options.  CFSB can join at a high level and that will enable a discount or subsidy for our fishermen members to also join individually. Expect that we can make a deal for those individual memberships to be ~$200.

Bernard made a motion for CFSB to join the Chamber at the $700 level (second tier from highest). Seconded by Chris. 5 in favor 1 abstain.

2.     Jono Wilson from The Nature Conservancy came to discuss TNC’s and his own interest in working with CFSB.

Jono’s work with SB fishermen started with rockfish research, tagging inside and outside reserves to inform better management.

Morro Bay was the first fisheries project that TNC took on. 8 years ago TNC changed their mission beyond buying and conserving land, to include goals on fisheries. Goal number 1 is working with industry to develop solutions for their industry. Instead of the top down govt. approach, they want to promote a healthy balance between bottom up and top down. Want to get fishermen armed with tools and technology ,to sit at the management table with more clout, and achieve better outcomes. TNC’s answer to ‘How do we empower fishing communities?’ is:  Help develop leaders, cooperatives and other structures to better engage in management. Also want to develop an experimentation approach – to demonstrate that there are multiple ways of doing things and to help find the best option. TNC has a team of 8 staff currently working on the Oceans Program in CA. This program has a coastal resilience aspect, as well as fisheries. The team includes scientists, policy experts, and community organizers that came out of fishing communities. In sum, they aim to build better collaborative organizations and tools for information and empowerment. 

TNC has been working on getting an EFP (Experimental Fishing Permit) created at the state level, modeled after an EFP program that exists at the fed level. The State currently only has an Experimental Gear Permit, and this is limiting when there is potential to develop or innovate a fishery that doesn’t require new gear. Case in point: Box Crab. TNC wants to see the State explore creating a fishery for Box Crab and thinks an EFP program would help make that happen.

Quota history: Feds rationalized in 2003. Feds did a federal buyout in 2004-06. TNC did a buyout separate from that. TNC bought permits and vessels – 13 of them. Sat on them for several years. Then worked with a group of fishermen to do an EFP to test some ideas- switch from trawling to traps. Leased permits at a reduced rate within the EFP with premise of sharing info, etc. Other groups calling for a complete closure, other groups looking to transitioning to a catch share program. TNC was not a part of that. But when the catch share program was implemented by the feds, TNC was the second largest quota holder due to its holdings of permits at the time. Permits were turned into quota. There was then a declaration by the Feds that you couldn’t own more than 4.7% of quota, so put together a 2 year plan to divest the quota. TNC saw that big boats were taking up a lot of the quota in OR and WA. TNC wanted to see it anchored in the local communities. They started a community quota fund in Morro Bay and granted the fund some of their quota and developed leasing guidelines to first try to lease it locally before leasing it to outsiders. The goal was to build up community access and keep boats on the water. TNC never had the intention of keeping the quota unfished. As of this year TNC will no longer own any quota. Also gave some quota to private individuals. 

QU from CFSB members: Was it the intent to let the permits stay shelved? No, that was never the intent. TNC arranged to have the permits leased for fishing early on and are fully divesting now.

QU from CFSB members: What happened to the halibut trawl permits that TNC got? Did they never get renewed? Not sure.

QU from CFSB members: Who were the donors who provided funds to buy the permits in 2006? Don’t know. Have to ask Chuck Cook. Don’t think the donors had any say in the actions taken. All the permits that the Feds bought up dissolved.

The Feds are still assessing trawl quota for the loan interest. 5% tax plus 4% NMFS monitoring fee.  TNC right now trying to appeal to the Feds to reduce those assessments.

The idea is that we will join with the other quota funds and work with TNC and other allies to reduce these fees and make our assets fishable.

From CFSB member: NMFS thinks below the 36 line resource is doing great but it is not. Often a discrepancy between what managers think and fishermen see and know from their experience. Can go both ways in terms of who wants more or less limits.

Jono:TNC’s ultimate goal is to see fishermen become data collectors and come to the table armed with equal footing.  So far, TNC is starting to test data collection approaches with the N. Coast Rec Ab fishery. There has been really poor data collection and a lag in when it gets used. TNC heard from fishermen that Dept. has a really skewed view of the resource. TNC gave the fishermen some tools – calipers and digital upload of data. Got 18 fishermen volunteers , and this resulted in amassing 5 times the data that the state takes. Brought that data to the managers to talk with state on how things could be changed. 

What if every fishermen had to put in size data along with their record of date and time of landings. First off, the Dept’s data recording is ancient. Can we also update that with a software app?  This led TNC to develop software called AbRuler based on photos of abs. They demonstrated that you can take size, user, date and location from the photo. The fishermen loved it because it is huge ammunition to fight back on the closure that just happened that is just based on a small number of transects. The new data gives clear evidence that there is way more spatial patchiness to the health of the resource and shouldn’t have been a blanket closure.  Despite the fact that abs are starving from lack of kelp the State closed it because ‘not enough information.’

TNC's goal is to have fisheries managed at maximum sustainable yield, not less than that. More info is the way to get there. So now, coming back to CFSB and the lobster sizing project: TNC is wanting to see in what other fisheries could the softward be useful? They are working with a UCSB software development lab to see if the computer can recognize the carapace and size the lobster accurately. Will the image recognition software be able to take a measurement? Can use machine learning algorithms to train the software using a bunch of validated images.  The second objective  for this project is that size data is one of the indicators for management specified in the FMP. So the managers are supposed to use size data, but now they are using just average weight as a proxy for size data. With size, they can get an estimate of reproductive potential of the overall population, which feeds into getting the maximum sustainable yield. The mean weight that they get off landing tickets is flawed. Want to paint a better picture of the status of the resource. Carrie Culver operated a 3 year program and had 15 guys using calipers to build a database of size data, but that program dried up. We see this an opportunity to advance that. However, they don’t even know yet if the software can handle lobster carapace sizing.

Jono doesn’t  anticipate the Dept using this to measure every lobster and count number of lobsters. We do know that the dept will be making management decisions based on the data available, and we want to see them using higher quality data. 

Qu from CFSB: When the lobster come from anywhere, why would they use SPR? Response: The managers are required to use all the indicator metrics designated in the FMP. They will use bad data if they have it. Need to shift the whole paradigm for data collection towards allowing fishermen to collect data. With the way data is being used badly now, the fishery could collapse or they could close the fishery for bad reasons. Managers become too precautionary when they don’t have good data.

QU from CFSB: Who will own the information? CFSB can. TNC just need to use the images.

QU from CFSB: How can we influence the project to do what is best for us? Take the Box Crab example. The Dept. wants to limit incidental take to some amount. Can’t target them. Then wants to do an experimental gear permit with a small number of fishermen doing size and tagging to collect baseline data.  Last commission meetings there were 3 of 4 petitions to land box crab. Denied.

TNC not in advocacy business, want to do problemsolving.

Board voted to proceed with this short term project to build an image library of lobster to aid software development that can digitally size carapace length. Motion from Burke to accept the grant contract . Second by Mike McCorkle. Unanimous vote 6/0.

3.     Ventura Shellfish Enterprise.

Background: VSE held stakeholder meetings to get feedback on placement of plots within State waters. They then decided to move to federal waters but considered themselves done with stakeholder input on placement. They said their primary reason to move to fed waters was because they thought it would result in less conflict with commercial fisheries. Also we’ve heard that they were concerned the State would move slower than the Feds to approve their lease. They've told us that NMFS has final say on where it is placed and the siting could change several more times as the project advances. Mike McCorkle has heard that NOAA will be sympathetic to any concern by commercial fishing industry when considering whether to approve.

Issue at hand. When VSE released ‘Alternative 8’, a plan to place the lease in part of the Ventura Flats, they have been unresponsive to Mike McCorkles requests to discuss this alternative siting. Should CFSB send a letter of opposition to this project?

Today Kim was able to reach two members of VSE to discuss our concerns. Oscar Pena said they are willing to make a presentation and have a discussion with the CFSB in the near future.  They expressed interest in getting more guidance on placement. Kim also reached out to 3 other fishermen about their concerns and ideas. 

Some of these are:

  • How about moving it to Santa Monica Bay or another no fishing zone?
    • Some enviro groups are already planning to strongly oppose the VSE and VSE reps feel that placing in a reserve will be a non starter for both the state and the enviros.
  • Outside the edge of the oil rigs?
    • VSE concerned that consumers don't want the mussels to be grown near oil due to fears of contamination.
  • State trawl grounds have a seasonal closure which pushes everyone out to federal waters in spring. This makes move to fed waters really problematic.
  • The place they chose- swell is twice the size right there, current is very strong.  The stuff will get wiped out. What is the accountability for retrieving the gear before it gets caught up in fishing nets?
  • We must recognize that mariculture operation is another ocean user and there is always conflict, whether its between guys in the same fishery competing, or between two different fisheries.
    • From VSE: Many divers in particular have expressed interest in potentially subleasing a site.
  • The way they’ve configured Alternative 8 will make it difficult to set nets and trawl properly. If they could move it over, that might be less problematic.

Miles made a motion to have VSE make a presentation to CFSB so we can voice all concerns. Seconded by John. Vote: 5 in favor, 1 abstain.

Meeting adjourned at 7pm.

These minutes were compiled by Kim Selkoe to the best of her recollection.

 

 

 

CFSB General Meeting Minutes February 19 2018

Harbor Community room 4-6:30pm.

1. Financial Update by Michael Harrington

CFSB is in good standing.  P&L sheet shows that we brought in ~ $17K  2017. Past years typically bring in $6K. This extra fundraising was largely the effort of Executive Director Kim Selkoe organizing community donation events and getting the $7,700 South Bay Cable grant.

In 2018 we need to do even more fundraising to support the level of advocacy and outreach work we've been doing because the Plains All American grant money that supported Kim's position is done. We have a grant pending from the South Bay to support $11K in advocacy work and $7K for the Saturday Market. We are reaching out to Plains to solicit whatever amount more they would be willing to contribute. Accepting money from NGO's can also meet our needs and is only done with detailed, careful legal contracts that prohibit their involvement in our organization. Having a larger annual fundraiser- like a Fishermen's Festival at Oak Park could bring in a lot of money, but takes a lot of event planning. Paul Teall and Ben Hyman offered to find helpers to do this.

2. The Groundfish Quota Bank Formation

The assets we are receiving have a value of $220K. TNC has no role or say or access to info after giving it to us. We can sell it after 2 years if we choose. We will have 2 workshops in the Spring to get a plan together for how to manage the quota in a way that helps our port. There are templates from the 5 other CA quota banks to draw from in creating quota leasing and management guidelines. Having CFSB hold quota and being part of the network of quota banks has strong value for amplifying our voice on management issues.

36 Line issue: It is very difficult to predict how it would hurt or help our fishing grounds to remove the line. We've been told that because it has no biological basis, it will eventually be taken out. Suggestions to ask Gerry Richter and folks from Morro Bay to come down to explain the issues and help us form an opinion on removal of the line. March 11th Council agenda will discuss the groundfish trawl fishery - gear switching provision and others. Would be good to engage on that.

3. Domoic Acid & Disaster funding

Upcoming Fisheries Forum on March 8th in Sacramento, Rm 2040 of the assembly building. This is a good place to advocate for the Rock Crab fishery. We need a showing of rock crab fishermen to voice concern on disaster allocation and domoic acid testing policy.

Ricky Guttierez and Chris Voss will also be attending a meeting in Oakland March 22-23 put on by the Ocean Science Trust focused on domoic acid. Ricky mentioned that a slew of grant money was given out by OST for science projects on domoic acid and he's been unable to find out how and when fishermen are being engaged in guiding the science. Need to figure out how to get decisionmakers and grant recipients to engage. Note- be careful they don't use us to just 'check a box' on engaging fishermen with no real response.

Collecting Disaster money: the $200 million has to be spread over all disasters, including Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, etc. State of CA is now tasked with coming up with a payment plan to get money allocated to its affected fisheries. Usually use a calculation of what % of last year’s landings was missing from the catch during the disaster to portion the funds. We don’t want them to just go by total landings – eg.  rock crab in so cal. is small compared to Dungie, but we were worse affected. We will be lucky to see $1 to 5 million set aside for rock crab.

4. Lobster Commission

Gearing up to do a mailing through Food and Ag to inform all permit holders of the upcoming referendum that would establish the marketing commission.  Dues are taken out of your check from the buyer. The starting point was set to be $0.10 per pound. This is a very secure, low-overhead funding stream - can't be touched by gov't.

Feedback:

-how to deal with bad actor buyers not turning over check. Fly by night buyers? Answer: If we collect from the major buyers, can deal with a little money slipping through the cracks

-Based on Urchin Commission, expect ~$8K will be taken as overhead by Food and Ag. Also need to pay ~$4K for annual auditing of books.

-What about CLTFA? Answer: We keep the CLTFA going in a merged fashion. CLTFA can lobby and give donations politically.

-You can point to marketing resources and crisis management done by other marketing commissions

-Stress the much needed advocacy function over marketing function of the commission.

5. Board Elections

Board is 7 members representing diverse fisheries. The board elects the executive committee. Term is 2 years.

All present board members were interested in staying on the board, but willing to step down if someone else wants their spot. McCorkle brought up the idea of expanding the size of the board, but still keeping quorum size low, to get more involvement. Also can start using alternates to get more involvement. Board needs to change the bylaws to allow that.

Michael Harrington made a motion to change bylaws to allow board of directors to chose their own alternate if they wish to have one. Seconded by Burke. 6 votes unanimous in favor.

Names submitted for the board: Chris Voss (lobster), Michael Harrington (urchin), Bernard Friedman (aquaculture), John Colgate (Sablefish), Mike McCorkle (trawl & gillnet), Gary Burke (drift gillnet), Steve Escobar (rock crab).

Names submitted as alternates: Paul Teall (rock crab) alternate for Steve Escobar, Ben Hyman (Sablefish, groundfish) alternate for John Colgate, Miles (urchin) alternate for Michael Harrington.

Ricky Guttierez made a motion to vote in the whole lists above of board and alternate nominations. Seconded by Harry Liquornik. Unanimous vote in favor by all CFSB members in the room (~15).

6. Saturday Fishermen’s Market

Review of Cable grant spending: approx. $4500 on equipment and fillet booth, $3000 on marketing. Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in amplifying our marketing and supporting our cause to get fillet booth established.

Aside: Chamber has continued to offer ongoing support of CFSB despite no formal relationship. CFSB Board is interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce. If they join at a high level, individual fishing businesses can sign up for a discounted cost. Board will vote on this at next board meeting.

Saturday Market has its own board of directors and application process for vendors to join. We will have a dedicated meeting for the Saturday Market open to all to discuss current challenges moving forward. Issues include:

-       Liability issues of running a fish cutting service. Would like to see well trained fish cutters with Kevlar gloves to reduce risk of accidents. Tap fish market cutters to volunteer. CFSB needs to look into upping insurance coverage for the volunteers in the booth and perhaps use a signed waiver form. Definitely stop allowing public from using the booth

-       Cost and time of managing the booth. Need to problem solve this and find a financial plan that is sustainable. Have the vendors use it as needed and maintain it?

-       Getting more product and diversifying product.

Mark Becker offered to sell his wild sockeye frozen sides from his catch in Alaska. He is a shareholder of Silver Bay co-op in Alaska. He bought back his processed sockeye and want to do direct marketing. If he is allowed to sell at the Saturday Market, he would only sell after all wild salmon done, after Nov. closure through April.  During rockfish closure will be good option. Packages are 2 lb sides, $15 for each package. Ricky: this was done in the past and didn’t hurt sales for other vendors. Brian: need to figure out where to draw the line for other non-local catch. Kim: we will have you fill out an application and the Fishermen’s Market board will discuss and vote on trying this out.

7. Other miscellaneous issues and new ideas:

State Bill AB2369 – Authored by enviro NGO Wild Coast. It would up the penalties for commercial fishing violations inside marine protected areas. Would also allow permanent loss of commercial license with second offense. Mike Conroy gathering input to work on revising the contents of the bill. For instance: Recreational guys need equal treatment in this; need to define a time limit on time between two offenses that could result in permanent loss; need to define whether someone borrowing your boat who makes a violation would impact the boat owner’s license. What about possibility of lobster gear getting pushed by storms into reserve boundaries? Noah Oppenheimer will host a meeting at the next PCFFA meeting, the day before the Fisheries Forum, March 7th in Sacramento.

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise – Mike McCorkle is following this process closely and suggests that CFSB put in a letter of opposition against their Option 8 siting of the lease in federal waters. Location is in prime trawling and gillnetting grounds. Folks like Gary Burke are affected. Location is terrible for currents and weather. Letter should go to VSE, Cassidy, NMFS, Chris Oliver, Barry Tom.  Let’s get specific names of fishermen affected. Don’t like the idea that VSE is trying to wall off Ventura port’s piece of the ocean.

Santa Barbara Local Coastal Plan – There’s a March 1 meeting to provide input. Need to send a letter voice concern of loss of designated coastal land for maritime use, and ask for an agenda slot.  One way to fund a campaign to deal with our future space needs is to get a grant to update our 2014 Economic Impact Report. SB Foundation is not making grants until their internal strategic planning is done. Maybe in 6 months? Community Environmental Council has met with Kim recently to voice strong support for CFSB and its projects to increase and protect local seafood harvest, provide public access to local seafood, and preserve fishing infrastructure in our port. We have a good shot at getting new funding from SB Foundation with their help. Morro Bay, Jeremiah O’Brien, updates their Economic Impact Report every year. Cost is high. Kim could get the template from Lisa Wise Consulting for minimal cost and do the update ourselves more affordably.

8. New collaborative research project with TNC.

This is a short term project that just came about. The goal is to provide images for a software program TNC is developing that can digitally size catch from photos. Has been used in the North Coast Abalone fishery (called Ab Ruler) and is providing crucial support for improving use of data in that fishery management. Having high quality fisheries-dependent data on size distribution of catch informs metrics like spawning potential ratio. This is a metric that has a history in various other fisheries of providing a strong case to avoid unnecessary closure recommendations. For instance, in North Coast abalone, it suggests that biological surveys of density are giving a flawed picture of the stock health. Eventually, we see the Department being able to use digital sizing to get higher quality data than they use now, so they can be less conservative/risk-adverse.

The project agreement is for Chris Voss and Kim Selkoe to use a Go Pro camera to take photos of lobster that will help TNC develop artificial intelligence software that can get accurate carapace lengths of lobster from the images. This provides us $13K for CFSB coffers. The grant agreement has very strict guidelines to simply be a transaction of providing them images and written feedback on what works and doesn’t work well to use the Go Pro to take images on the boat and at the dock.  Chris Voss assured concerned individuals that any misstep by TNC will be the end of all collaboration with them indefinitely, and that he takes full responsibility for ensuring that there is no foreseeable detriment to our involvement with them. The folks involved from TNC will be asked to give a presentation to the CFSB Board on the project scope, value and possible implications.

End of Minutes

Written by Kim Selkoe.

CFSB's Board-Approved 2018 Plan for the Executive Director Position

The CFSB E.D. position was first created in April of 2016 with the advent of new grant funding to the Chamber of Commerce from Plains All American Pipeline. The funds were intended to support CFSB through advocacy and seafood marketing.  The E.D. position has been filled by Kim Selkoe since its inception. The Plains funding allowed salary coverage at 65% full time employment (FTE) through December 2017.

On January 11, 2018, the CFSB Board voted to approve the release of CFSB funds to support the E.D. position at 35% FTE for 6 months (January to June 2018).  A vote to extend the E.D. position past June 2018 will occur in the Spring. More detail on this decisionmaking is in the previous blog post.

The E.D. job description for 2018, with estimates of the percentage of full time (40 hour week) needed for each activity is below. These priorities are designed to meet basic CFSB needs and current programmatic priorities. The time needed totals 35% full time, or 14 hours per week on average.

 2018 Executive Director Job Description

1. CFSB member services – 12%

            Send monthly member emails, maintain website, social media, write 5-10 advocacy letters per year, coordinate with other port associations, attend nearby fishery meetings, co-organize annual BBQ and other fundraisers, attend and take minutes for CFSB meetings

2. Groundfish quota bank development- 10%

            Organize 2 port workshops, connect with other organizations and experts, create documents to guide quota usage, stay current on regulatory news, strategize ways to increase value and utility of quota, conduct PR plan.

3. Support the Saturday Fishermen’s Market – 8%

            Maintain fillet booth, supervise fish cutters, send weekly emails and social media, coordinate vendors, apply for more Cable Committee funding to  cover new improvements and marketing (and maybe ~5% additional salary coverage)

4. Community outreach & education, collaborative research, partnerships, debris clean up events – 5%

            Produce local seafood & fishery outreach materials and events for the public, advise on fishery research projects, grow and strengthen our community partnerships, organize 3 gear clean ups

 Funding the E.D. Position

There are 3 sources of income to cover this salary need for 2018.

1.      Available now - A pledge by the board of CFSB to contribute to ED salary from CFSB coffers: $10,000

2.      Available now -  Funds raised (primarily by the E.D.) in 2017, from the CFSB BBQ and Taste of the Sea events: $7,583

3.      Imminent - The Nature Conservancy’s contribution of salary time attached to the Groundfish Quota Transfer (minus 20% for the CFSB General Fund). These funds are expected to be transferred to us in Spring 2018: $14,080

 

unfunded programmatic goals

Below is a list of some of the new initiatives CFSB is actively working on funding, but they are not yet funded. Estimates of funds needed for the workload and job description associated with the E.D.’s role in these projects is listed.

1. Help launch the Lobster Commission   (Estimated need: ~$7000)

      Create an informational packet to send to voters, create website and web content, help organize port meetings, liase with Food & Ag.,  plan referendum vote, assist with formation of the Commission. Possible funder could be South Bay Cable Committee.

2. Co-ordinate Lobster Fishery Research   (Estimated need: ~$10,000)

            Collaborate with TNC staff on a project to advance methods to collect length data at sea, build a high quality length database and propose a plan to best integrate the data into management. Funding would come from TNC.

3. Economic Sustainability planning  (Estimated need: ~$14,000)

            Connect with City staff and Harbor Commission, Coastal Commission, Wright Family, other local groups and benefactors to problem-solve long-term space and infrastructure needs; submit final report with list of priority recommendations to be used to secure funding and attention from city government.  Possible funders could be Ocean Protection Council, Central California Joint Cable Liasion Committee, UCSB Coastal Fund.

4. Help launch a new Community Supported Fishery program (Estimated need: ~$20,000)

Support the launch a Community Supported Fishery for Santa Barbara, in partnership with Alan Lovewell of Real Good Fish, an existing CSF in the Bay Area. Focus on structuring the CSF in ways that benefit CFSB and the Saturday Market. Possible funders includes Santa Barbara Foundation’s LEAF grant and Ecotrust.

 

We welcome ideas, feedback and questions on this plan. Please contact me at kim@cfsb.info or 805-259-7476

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes January 11, 2018

In Attendance: Chris Voss, Michael Harrington, Gary Burke, Bernard Friedman

 

1.     President Chris Voss opened the meeting at 5:30 pm at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.

2.     Upcoming elections:  Plan a General Meeting for early February. Nominate board members and have an election at the General Meeting if there are only 7 nominations. The new board will then assign officers.

3.     TNC quota transfer communication plan:

Finalize the talking points but wait and see on the optimal timing for a press release – wait until there are signs of success with the Quota Bank set up.

In the mean time, send a couple of mailchimps to CFSB members announcing the acquisition and plans for workshops in the spring.

4.     TNC finalizing the transfer agreement: We are being given only 1 permit, but can lease at no cost a second one. This gives flexibility on boat size for the second permit. If we feel its important to have a second permit in house, we can push later on transferring a second permit.

5.     Michael Harrington’s financial report: CFBS usually nets 4-6K and this year netted 17K. We brought in more membership money, grant money and donations than usual. Also, expenses for the yard were light this year. Michael had a CPA review the books. CPA suggested cleaning up the books a bit by shifting the old debt in Accounts Receivable if it isn’t going to be paid off soon. Michael moved old debt into previous years and created a category Reserve for Unaccountable Debt. CPA suggested that every 90 days, move debt out of accounts receivable into unrecoverable debt.

6.     Michael Harrington requests a raise. He hasn’t had a raise in at least 8 years. Agree to give Harrington a raise because more needs for time with the quota Our increased income this year requires more detailed reporting to the IRS. The quota assets may also cause work.  Currently, he charges $200/mo to manage subleases of Yard, and $225/mo for bookkeeping and misc. duties. He requests an increase  of $200/mo additional for his raise. A motion was made by Burke to give Harrington a raise. $100/mo more for yard management, $100/mo more for the bookkeeping. Seconded by Bernard. 5 votes in favor (attendees plus John Colgate by proxy), 0 not in favor.

7.     Board discussed ways to make a stronger effort to solicit and ensure receipt of dues and rent. Board will work to recruit fishermen who should be CFSB members.

8.     Burke sees a lot of policy work ahead for the swordfish fishery with fighting new legislation and dealing with a possible buy-out by NOAA. He anticipates needing some funding to travel and pay for legal assistance. He plans to submit to the South Bay Cable Committee. They are well funded this year.

9.     Kim presented a proposal for a part-time paid Executive Director position with CFSB for 2018.  Funding would come from donations raised in Fall 2017 and the imminent TNC grant, which designates $14,080 in salary as part of the quota transfer. Board discussed the need to separately consider the TNC grant money that is not yet in hand from the CFSB donations acquired in 2017 to help fund the E.D. position. The TNC agreement is a 2 year arrangement, with 2 installments to the payments. The TNC grant funding for salary may need to be stretched into 2019 if we haven’t finished our objectives in the agreement in 2018 (i.e., setting up a quota leasing protocol). We may not receive the second installment until 2019. CFSB Board doesn’t want to risk needing to cover the remaining E.D. salary in 2018 if the receipt of the second TNC installment is delayed. A motion was made to commit CFSB funds to pay Kim Selkoe as E.D. for the first 6 months with monthly salary of $2800/month. Motion passed 4-0. Kim’s will record her hours and submitted them at the end of each month and Michael Harrington will cut a check at the end of each month.

10. Meeting was adjourned at 7pm.

 

These minutes were written 01.14.17  by Kim Selkoe, Executive Director, to the best of her memory.

 

CFSB Board Meeting August 24, 2017

Chris Voss opened the meeting August 24, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Harbor Classroom.

In attendance: Jason Robinson, Chris Voss, Bernard Friedman, Kim Selkoe, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, John Colgate, John Richards.

1.     Mike McCorkle gave a report from the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission annual meeting in San Diego last week. A lot of focus on new digital observer programs coming down the pike, and on gear interaction with crab and marine mammals.

2.     Chris Voss’s update on AB944, Spiny Lobster Marketing Commission. Bill AB944 has gone through Assembly and all committees and now needs a final vote in Senate. Looking to get Sen. Toni Atkins from SD to lead it in the Senate.

The commission will allow a lot of protections for the fleet to take collective actions. Money will be collected from buyers. It will be up to buyers to collect from the fishermen. Works the same way as the Sea Urchin Commission.

3.     Progressing the groundfish quota transfer deal from The Nature Conservancy. Goal tonight is to finalize language for the draft list of objectives in the agreement. TNC wants to be able to show their board that this is a partnership in which CFSB will take actions to manage the quota well and advance shared goals between the two organizations. There are 5 objectives in the written agreement to that effect. Having them in writing ensures there is no misunderstanding about strings attached to taking this quota. The objectives focus on: designating a CFSB board member responsible for managing the quota, engaging in collaborative fisheries management, marine debris clean up, sustainable seafood educational events and networking with other quota banks.

We have already been doing all of these things and so this is a good deal for us. We have modified language to avoid being on the hook for doing more than we are already doing.  There is a second document that outlines the legal contract that will guide the transfer of the asset. Once it is transferred, we believe that we are sole owners and TNC has no right to dictate what we do with it or pull it from us. However, the legal contract still needs scrutiny and after we conduct due diligence, it will be brought to a vote by the CFSB board before we sign off on it with TNC. The feds have never acted on their prerogative to pull quota that is not being fished. Our small amount of quota would make it unlikely we would be a target for the feds.

Board members have concerns that some in the port will be wary of CFSB partnering with TNC. Other board members feel positive about recent changes in TNC’s approach to working to support fishing ports and the new TNC personnel hired are pro-fishing. Bottom line is that this is a free asset being given to us that may grow in value considerably in the future.

·      Chris Voss made a motion to finalize the language in the list of 5 objectives for the quota transfer agreement. Bernard Friedman seconded. Votes: 4 to accept the language as final, 1 abstain, 1 against.

4.     FishSB update. Funding from Plains All American will end at the end of December 2017. This funding supported half time salary for Kim Selkoe as the director of FishSB and in that role, volunteer executive director of CFSB.  Kim will be making a fundraising push this fall to get more funding to continue past 2017. Plains is likely to put in $15-30K if we demonstrate matching funds. Kim would like to write up a letter to show to Plains and other potential funders, written from CFSB, that states CFSB’s commitment to contributing matching funds. This will help create momentum and show to other funders that CFSB has skin in the game and is motivated to keep this going. The letter is not binding. CFSB has about $50K in the bank for some time.

·      Chris Voss made a motion to commit $10K as matching funds to continue funding for Kim as CFSB’s executive director into 2018. Votes: 6 in favor, 0 opposed.

5.     Ventura Shellfish Enterprise. Not much news to report. Attendance at their meetings has waned. McCorkle felt they would have done better to have gone to the fishermen first before developing a plan instead of vice-versa. A map with the area that the trawlers’ would like excluded in red wasn’t provided to other stakeholders before they cast their votes for preferred layout of the lease sites. The process continues to go slowly.

6.     CFSB BBQ fundraiser at Goleta Beach on Sept. 17. Scott Street will do tacos. Need other donations and volunteers. Gary gone but will buy tickets to send folks. Bernard can donate mussels. Jason will work the event, donate black cod. Steve Escobar and Paul Teall can both work the event and donate an auction item related to catering a seafood meal and boat experience.  

7.     Second fundraiser at the Maritime Museum on Nov. 1. They will do much of the legwork and hosting, and split the profits with us. We expect $1500. We have four great chefs lined up for that event to do seafood tastings. We will need donations of seafood to each one of them, and auction items.

8.     Saturday Fishermen's Market grant spending report:

  • $600 for vendors equipment needs
  • $1887 for fillet booth
  • $400 permits
  • $820 advertising
  • $1000-2000 being spent on fillet booth modifications to create a mobile enclosure.
  • This leaves $1000-2000. May spend it on more advertising and market improvements.

9.     Saturday Fisherman’s Market activities report. Effort to formalize a board structure for the market was successful. No conflicts or challenges so far. This is a separate entity to CFSB, but CFSB will have a member on the Market Association board, and continue to run the fillet station. With a Taiwanese intern from Antioch, we’ve been doing social media and posting Chinese language fliers in the Asian community, and also in English for the broader community. We need to move the fillet station off Chris’s boat to the pier and get a replacement fish cutter for when he fishes lobster.

Chris Voss closed the meeting at 7:45pm.

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - June 9, 2017

Chris Voss opened the meeting June 9 2017 in the Harbor Classroom.

In attendance: Michael Harrington, Chris Voss, Bernard Friedman, Kim Selkoe, Mike McCorkle, Jeff Maassen

 

1. Ventura Shellfish Enterprise – Bernard’s update:

August – the VSE will be meeting to decide where the leasing sites will be

July – there will be a scoping meeting to prep the august meeting

Prior to July Prep meeting – VSE plans to contact Voss and other SB fishermen about siting.

So, we need to figure out our advice on siting.  Discussion: the most impacted fishery is halibut. CA Trawlers will submit their own recommendation on siting. In shore of 1 mile is preferred. But need to also plan for how fishing boats will have to navigate around the site, or maybe through it if there can be a channel through it.

We can make a map to specify some preferred options. Kim noted that she can easily get the digital files used by the UCSB team that submitted an analysis on where to site the farm, so that we can easily modify the digital maps with our preferred layout. Chris will work with Kim to do that. McCorkle will use his own approach.

McCorkle noted that a the last meeting on cost, they showed its going to be way more expensive for entry than people assumed.

 

2. Saturday Market

With CFSB’s name on everything, we need to double check liability. Harrington has upped the CFSB liability insurance in effect now for CFSB, including directors insurance.

Used to be 10% of earnings as a market fee. Probably need a different system if money is regularly collected that doesn’t require so much book keeping. Regardless,

if CFSB gets more involved in the Sat. Market, we will have to handle enforcement issues with the bylaws, and disputes.  What are the vehicles for enforcement? Penalties? Grace period time?

One way to avoid price-related disputes, if and when there is competition in the market with the same product, is to negotiate a base price.

General conclusion was to avoid getting too involved in the Sat. Market. Kim will work on some options for a structure for the market oversight that takes that into account.

 

3. Status report on Lobster Commission

On consent calendar because no opposition. When signed into law, Chris Voss will go south to try to get any skeptical fishermen onboard. January 2018 starts a 60 day window to coordinate the state wide referendum.

Need to amend the basement value of the fee - $0.25.  Prefer a lower number, $0.10, not just because it will be more palatable to fleet. Having too much income will create problems of how to spend it. With ten cents, total income will be eighty grand. Enough to get by on as it starts out. Need to set very specific goals for spending the money wisely that have real returns.

Protecting access is a top selling point.

Could also negotiate an insurance binder for a group plan

Work to get out front of whale entanglement and domoic acid and FMP issues.

 

4. Bay Foundation engagement – pitch by Jeff Maassen

Bay Foundation has conducted a successful purple sea urchin eradication in Palos Verdes. With volunteers they dumped reds and purples in deep water. Now they are smashing purples with hammers. They have shown lasting success.

Jeff took them on a 2 day trip to Talcott off Rosa. They found some good candidate sites, high reefs with steep drop offs all around to create a bounded area to clear urchin from. These areas had lots of tiny purple urchins.

Bay foundation and other research has found that you get higher gonad yields from target urchins when the kelp ecosystem is healthy.

Jeff wanting to do a pilot project and wants an endorsement for the pilot.  Have 6-8 boats in this harbor ready to help with or without the support.  Tom of the Bay Foundation needs an endorsement from a fishing port association, Urchin Commission or a dive association. That would help in getting grant money to do the science – collect data on baselines, site characterizations and follow ups to measure success.

One case for doing purple urchin removals is that the MPAs don’t benefit the urchin fishery like they might for other fisheries through spillover. Instead, MPAs bring down the populations of urchins inside reserves.  We need to deal with managing ecosystem services for the urchin fishery outside the reserves.

Urchin Commission had no response when Jeff contacted them in November about them supporting this effort. Jeff asked also for them to reimbursement for gas he used on the trip to Talcott. Chuck Cavanaugh said he liked it but then didn’t follow up. 

CFSB’s policy is normally to follow the lead of the urchin commission. Suggested Jeff try calling Goldenberg directly.  He can’t because of the bylaws on protocol.

However, if urchin commission is not responding on this topic for unclear reasons, we can still move forward. Those in attendance agreed that CFSB can broadly endorse the partnership of scientists and fishermen working on pilot projects to address the management of purple urchin. We would like to encourage Jeff and the Bay Foundation to continue moving forward, and show us a draft study plan or grant proposal so we can see the details before we fully endorse this specific project.

 

5. Quota transfer

Handling the PR around the quota transfer may take some care. Want to keep good relationships with other ports to the north, and within SB for folks who are critical of TNC.

There are “impact investors” out there, Kim met some at the Seafood Summit in Seattle last week, who are interested in covering the financial costs of groundfish boats switching from long line to pots A way to deal with “bycatch” issues and quota limitations.  Pots need a longer ~85’ boat and our permits from TNC are coming in for small size. And also need better weather and sometimes waste the fish if can’t pull up in time.  Bounty Hunter fishing pots off San Nic getting great return though.

Kate Kauer from TNC has sent a new version of the quota transfer agreement. We need to scrutinize and send any feedback back in to get this deal finalize.

 

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CFSB Board Meeting and Saturday Market Meeting Minutes - March 13, 2017

CFSB Board Meeting March 13 2017 in the Community Room.

 

In attendance: John Colgate, Michael Harrington, Chris Voss, Bernard Friedman, Kim Selkoe, Mike McCorkle.

 

Chris Voss opened the meeting at 5:15pm

 

1.      Ventura Shellfish Enterprise

 

·         Considering 0-3 miles (State Waters), creating twenty 100-Acre sites.

·         Rules for becoming a leasee are not established.

·         State controls the space, Harbor will be ultimate permit holder (covers insurance, permits, other fees), grower pays the harbor rent.

·         Thursday’s meeting will get into the mechanics.

·         Stipulations for getting a lease are totally unknown yet.

·         City of Ventura is putting together a proposal, that has to go to State, (FG Commission, State Lands), coastal commission, etc.

·         Where to put the sites is part of the application.

·         Its 2-3 years down the line for any gear to go into the water.

·         There will be community storage space and community equipment. Pooled resources, pooled markets.

 

Comments:

 

It’s a community fishery. Black cod folks just voted to get 100K lbs to sublease. Same sort of concept here. But need to address the potential conflict with fisheries.

 

Will there be priority for existing fishermen to get the leases? Want fishermen to be a stakeholder. Fishermen need to go the hearings. Most fishermen in SB don’t care about it.  Effects mostly ventura port fishermen.

 

Need to hear from fishermen in that area and get details about the specific concerns and specific locations.

 

We are not opposed by we want input in exact siting. Why need to do this so early in the scoping process? We want to make known a clear position and request approval by impacted fishermen at every step of the way.

 

We won’t oppose inside of 1 mile. Bernard is inside 1 mile at Hope Ranch.  Need to be at least 80 feet deep to have a farm. Bernard is in 75-95 ft and would prefer a bit deeper.

 

What will be done with gear impacts of failed ventures? New provisions exist now to require clean up- need to have a fund in the bank for that. Already talked to Danny Castignola about his cost for working a clean up. Who is going to monitor these sites. Fish and Game not up to it, or is it changing?

 

Lampara fisherman John Gingrich – worried about tangling up at night. Same with squid- they travel outside 1 miles.

 

If its truly a community venture, the Association will figure out the criteria for admission. We don’t want the harbor dictating who and what, we want a board set up that has significant representation by those experienced with aquaculture.

 

As a public entity and process it has to be fully transparent.

 

Ventura Harbor Commission should get it squared away and then turn over management of it to the Marketing Association.

 

Summary of points to make:

 

·         Recognize that we aren’t opposed to the concept.

·         The exact siting needs strong fishermen input

·         SB fishermen and/or waterpeople should get priority consideration for taking a lease – and generally individuals over corporations. To anchor it in the community. Money shouldn’t be the first priority, experience should have weight.

·         Appreciate that the process is public, transparent, stakeholder engagement, community focused.

 

2.      Saturday Market Improvements

 

Oldest documents that Mick sent Michael show no official role for CFSB and no liability.

 

We want the market to grow to increase local access to local seafood, education and community backing

 

CFSB can help with enforcing standards and keep the continuity the keep it going.

 

6pm – Joined by Brian Colgate, Laszlo Nemeth, Donna and Cliff Kent, Becca Ellen, Paul teall, Brian Glassock, Harry Liquornik, Ron Evon.

 

Founding documents have been discarded and neglected. 10% assessment and the $75. Actually, there is a newer, shorter document that was written up in the past year or two.

 

The Saturday Market participants will meet again soon to review their rules and structure.

 

Santa Barbara Fish Market has been involved with insurance because they are doing the filleting. If filleting is out on the pier it is no longer under their umbrella, and someone else would have to carry insurance and health permit.

 

If you land the fish, fillet it in a commissary, then sell it, that should be legal. Talk to Ben Hyman about how to fillet elsewhere and bring it to sell at the market.

 

SBFM is spending $900 permit, and insurance extension hard to know. Maybe $300-500. It gives $2 million coverage. 

 

Anyone filleting on the pier needs probably needs workers comp and insurance for accidents. We should gather info on exact insurance costs. Its only a half day a week.

 

Filleter is $15-20 an hour.  SBFM could hire another one. But within SBFM, the customer can’t be involved in the process. Most people feel that the customers want to see the filleting and learn from it.

 

Even if SBFM hires the pier’s filleter, there’s too much grey area with knives and piers so Brian prefers not to do that.

 

Other standards: Keep the market out of the way of keeping the 3rd hoist open. Always be totally wrapped up by noon.

 

Go to Scott or the harbor commission to get storage space. Talk to Bob? Top of the fishmarket is an option.

 

One way to start out would be only do filleting on pier during events or 4 times a year.

 

Out front banner – name and website only. At site – CFSB info and details of market.

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - February 10, 2017

Agenda

1.    Updates on Lobster Marketing Commission initiative

2.    Updates on quota agreement with the Nature Conservancy 

3.    Finalize votes to amend bylaws and mission statement

4.    Discussion of Chumash Sanctuary opposition next steps

5.    Discussion of sign-on letter from Nature Conservancy to enable experimental permits at DFW

6.    Discussion of Cable money proposal to fund travel and personnel time to engage in negotiations over various new spatial zoning and closure plans (e.g., Hueneme shipping channel, Ventura Harbor shellfish farms, Vandenberg energy testing, Morro windfarm, Chumash sanctuary...)

7.    Updates on new marketing initiatives

8.    Updates on payment options for CFSB membership

9.    Vote to amend General Meeting minutes

 

Minutes

Chris Voss called the meeting to order at 5:45pm in the Harbor Classroom.

In attendance: Bernard Friedman, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, John Colgate, Chris Voss, Kim Selkoe

Voss motioned, Burke seconded, a vote to amend the CFSB General Meeting minutes to delete an erroneous reference to the social media work described. Unanimous support.

Lobster Commission: Chris Voss and Kim Selkoe are working with Monique Limon to carry legislation. Law will be worded nearly identically to the Urchin Commission.  Its non controversial and simply allows all lobstermen to be sent a letter to vote for the creation of a commission. The commission’s intent is to serve as a stronger more capable fisheries organization. 

Groundfish Quota transfer: Kim will forward details of the agreement with TNC to board.  Even if we only sit on the quota, at least it is not getting used by a big boat from up north. Or, we could chose to lease it out and make money off it. The quota available is for black cod and shortspine, a bit of thornyhead. A committee, made up solely of the CFSB board, and perhaps with a few additional local fishermen from these fisheries, will be the sole decider on use of quota and rules of use.

Colgate motioned and Burke seconded for a vote to amend the bylaws and mission statement per the email sent out by Kim January 12, 2017. Unanimous in favor.

Colgate motioned and Burke seconded to bring a vote to raise the fee for boat owner members to increase from $50 to $70 next year (2018).

Experimental fisheries permit- similar to the federal level NMFS EFP, The Nature Conservancy is pursuing a law that would enable the State to have an opportunity for fishermen to participate in experimental fisheries or gear types for State managed fisheries. Still would need to go in front of the F&W commission to get it voted on.  So, would need partnership with the department and maybe a NGO to have a chance of commission support. E.g, TNC funded Chugey’s experimental fishery with deep set buoy gear. Mike started two fisheries with EFPs – ridgeback and sea cucumber.

Voss motioned, Colgate seconded to sign on to a letter in support of TNC to put forward this legislation. Unanimous support.

Cable commission grants: McCorkle putting in one to get CFSB some money, and Trawler’s association from the South Bay (aka San Pedro) cable commission.

Other possible budget items: Containers in yard need painting – is Harrington moving forward with putting in a proposal for this? Also, he was interested in putting up barbed wire- has landlord approved this? Kim will follow up with Harrington. Note: Harrington reports that barbed wire was too expensive and won’t be pursued. Harrington will begin the process of re-sealing the containers, and we may look to offset this cost with the Cable grant money if needed.

Idea - Send separate proposals to both San Pedro and Morro Cable Committee for travel support to do stakeholder engagement and education ~$5K.  Include costs of work needed to gain support for lobster commission, lobbying against landing fee increase, perhaps a trip to Sacramento. We can price out a few trips to determine appropriate budget.  Could include funds to go to the Council meetings, e.g fight for groundfish quota to be used for hook and line, and other necessary TNC quota bank agreement trips.

Voss motioned a vote, seconded byBurke to put in a San Pedro prospoal to bundle the yard container work and Saturday Fisherman Market needs. Voss and McCorkle will go to Morro to pursue travel money. Unanimous support.

New marketing initiatives: Kim is assisting Saturday Market vendors with new advertising in Edible and the Independent and working with Mick Kronman to have a new banner made to hang at the harbor entrance. Waterfront Dept. will pay for that. Chamber will pay for the two print ads. Also Kim is working on a plan for adding a fillet station to the market. Idea – there’s a rockfish mosquito fleet at East end SCI. They are already doing direct marketing. Would be good to get them at the Saturday market.

New agenda item brought by John Colgate: A professor at UCSB, Doug McCauley, is interested in working on a creative strategy to avoid incidental take of black sea bass from gillnetters. He proposed that perhaps around Anacapa, fishermen would agree not to fish in that area. In exchange, he could offer two scholarships to UCSB for their children.  Comments: The reality is very few black sea bass are caught by gillnetters and they are allowed to sell one from each trip. Check with Brian Colgate on the numbers of BSB that come in to verify this. BSB population is on the rise and thus incidental take has little detrimental impact. Interest was expressed in meeting with Dr. Larry Allen to hear about his BSB research. There are few gillnetters left, even fewer expected into the future. However, as BSB population increases, incidental take rates will go up.  If it becomes problematic to recovery, the issue must be dealt with officially through Fish and Wildlife and/or NMFS and with more than just the gillnet fishery. Why the focus on gillnetters? Scholarships may be a problematic reward with so few gillnetters with high-school aged family members. New engines maybe a more appropriate reward.  Other concerns raised: a system to verify compliance with an informal no fishing zone problematic, system to chose awardees problematic, and concern of misperception that there is new urgency to shut gillnetting down entirely which could be leveraged by some environmental groups. 

McCorkle went to Ventura mussel farm meeting at the Aquarium of the Pacific with all the permitters and permitees. He felt he can support it if it is placed inside a mile and super well marked. What about the mess? He was told DFW will monitor it- but they are unlikely to have the capacity to do that very well. He also noted that the break aways would break off really easy.

McCorkle also mentioned Bill SB290- sponsored by Hannah Beth Jackson to enable whale entanglement response trainings by private enterprise.  The bill doesn’t have anything to do with closures. But, there’s still time for that to be added in. Noah Oppenheimer is watching it, Crab Task force too.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.

CSFB General Meeting Minutes - January 9, 2017

President Chris Voss opened the meeting at 9am in the Harbor Community Room

 

Misc. items discussed:

·         Gear clean up on the beach – Voss is contributing to a set of best practices to avoid gear loss in conjunction with the Sanctuary.

·         Lobster rule package- clean up will get rid of all the fine print? Roger and Jim will reformulate Lobster Advisory Committee and the language before it goes in front of Commission.

 

Accounting (Michael Harrington):

·         $5100 was donated by South Bay Cable Fisheries Liaison Committee (SBCFLC) and was used to repair the roofs of eight containers in the Storage Yard.  CFSB contributed $5900 toward the $11000 cost of repair.  With care the fix should last 10 years.

·         Brian Colgate (Santa Barbara Fish Market) donated $1000 which was put into the general fund.

·         Net income this year $3600 which is typical of past years.

Accounts receivable are low because tenants in the Storage Yard wishing a 10% discount have been paying a year in advance

Boat Yard (Michael Harrington):

·         There are 24 total tenants.

·         Problem tenants combined owe us $14K. Biggest offenders could be taken to small claims court. A few delinquents were cleared out of the yard recently. Late paying tenants are a problem and penalties may have to be accessed.

·         Handling delinquent’s is case by case based on whether they show good intentions.

·         CA Trawlers Association owe $7K (not McCorkle’s personal). It holds group gear. Mike is the treasurer. There are about 13-15 members in the Association. Their coffers are very low. Their dues don’t cover all the costs.  Want to be supportive.

·         If you pay a year in advance you get 10% off. Chasing down monthly rent is difficult.

·         A few petty thefts have occurred and a group of intruders were  chased off recently Harrington is getting an estimate from Fence Factory on 3 strand barbed wire. This will be similar to other storage yards in area.

 

Background on Chamber of Commerce relationship (Chris Voss):

·         Background on Kim Selkoe and FishSB at the Chamber of Commerce

·         Plains pipeline felt a good PR move would be to give some quick money and gave it to COC. COC approached us. Focusing on marketing was a way for us to benefit. This is a two-year commitment that will end at the end of 2017.

·         The Port’s Economic Impact report got the attention of the Chamber to help advocate for the port and led to this chain of events.

 

Report on FishSB (Kim Selkoe):

·         In April 2016 I started as the director of FishSB, a program sponsored and housed by the Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with CFSB. The goals of the program are:

o   Fisheries advocacy

o   New marketing initiatives for local seafood

o   Strengthening port organization and partnerships

 

·         In May, I agreed to serve as the executive director of CFSB in a volunteer capacity. These two positions are separate but obviously closely linked.

·         In total, I work about 20 hours on CFSB related issues. About 5 hours a week are additionally eaten up by CoC staff meetings and other interactions.

·         My part-time salary support from the CoC will continue through the end of 2017.  There is some CoC funding to support CFSB costs. E.g., travel to meetings, advertising associatied with marketing intiatives.

·         I am working with Ken Oplinger, CEO of the CoC to strategize ways to fund my position for 2018. Plains has indicated they will provide half of the support needed (~$35K) and would like to see us match that from other funders.

·         I presented Plains with 5 different proposals for additional funding. Of them, their top pick was a proposal to do a feasibility/R&D project on implementing seafood traceability that would tie into branding Santa Barbara seafood. Other proposals focused on e.g., domoic acid research, Saturday market and restaurant sales of local seafood

·         Attending the Boston Seafood show will be an efficient way to learn all about traceability programs and technology from vendors, fishermen, seafood distributors. Brian attending and will help with that effort. CoC will cover Kim’s expenses.

CFSB Website (Kim Selkoe):

·         David Gogel canceled his contract as webmaster in May, and I have filled the gap, although my background is not in social media or web design.

o   With the CoC’s help I rebuilt the CFSB website using SquareSpace, a really user friendly interface so that now any of us can maintain the website without needing a contracted webmaster.

o   The website includes everything the old one had, plus more detail on CFSB’s recent fisheries advocacy work and a link to an online message board that members can use to post for sale or job ads. It is now easier to join CFSB and submit payment online. We have some new categories of membership.

o   I will soon be adding in social media activity to push our blog posts and news alerts. Twitter, FB and Instagram. I will tie this in with a push to bring more visibility to the Saturday Fisherman’s Market. I do not relish social media work, so I will be getting a tech savvy intern to help with this.

 

Saturday Fisherman’s Market (Kim Selkoe):

·         Increasing Saturday Fisherman’s market and restaurant sales of local seafood are high priorities for next year. For Sat. Fisherman’s market, goals are

o   Get approvals for fishermen to sell product from their boats

o   set up a fish filleting station.

o   New advertising.

o   promotional events to increase the draw.

·         Idea was raised to have a promotional ad for the Saturday fish market run in the Independent piggybacked to the Fish Market’s weekly ad. Will get us a much better rate. Motion to pursue having the Chamber of Commerce fund the advertising costs in conjunction with Colgate’s account to initiate this.

·         Kim and Brian will organize more regular small meetings of Saturday Fisherman’s market vendors to get going with new expansion effort.

·         Idea was raised to get approval from Waterfront Dept. to hang a banner at Harbor Lot entrance to publicize the Saturday Fisherman’s Market.

·         See what is going on at Ventura’s and Channel Island’s Saturday Markets.

 

Swordfish Fishery Advocacy (Gary Burke and Kim Selkoe):

·         In addition to fighting CA Bill SB1114 to eliminate drift gill nets, we have lately been submitting letters of opposition to NMFS over a new Hard Caps ruling being proposed

·         Hard Caps are based on what bycatch was in the past. Instead of being allowed a certain amount of incidental take of marine mammals and turtles which is tied to scientific estimates of what would cause the populations harm, the fishery would now be shut down if just 1 or a handful of marine mammals or turtles are taken. Shut down could last 2 years before fishery reopened. Also will require 100% monitoring coverage. Fishermen will have to pay for it.

·         Gary Burke and Jonathan Gonzalez got grants from Morro Bay and S Bay cable committee to fight this. Morro Bay hasn’t yet released funds though. Used money to get really good attorneys.

·         CFSB also submitted a letter opposing the new ruling.

·         Logan Kock at Santa Monica Seafoods has made compelling testimony and submitted a letter stressing the need to protect all sources of US caught swordfish.

·         There is growing literature on the harm that overly restrictive regulations do to overall conservation goals due to the “Transfer effect” – outsourcing the environmental impact to other countries with poor regulation and enforcement.

·         Need to work on getting more conservation groups like EDF and Cousteau Society to see the bigger picture and support local fisheries more actively.

 

Domoic Acid (Chris Voss and Kim Selkoe):

·         It has become clear that DFW is not in a position to do a lot of sample collection and enforcement. They don’t want to get into a position of having to spend huge sums on intensive testing to re-open closed areas. So trying hard to minimize sampling and minimize closures. Drawing a lot of attention to the inconsistencies and the protocols will just force them to have to do more closures.  Seems to make sense to lay low.

·         Carrie Culver has set up a lab for DA testing at UCSB. She has some grant money to do very basic research. We would need new grant money to specifically address purging times in lobster. Kim Selkoe will be actively helping to pursue grants and proposal writing with Carrie to make this happen.

 

Port Hueneme (Chris Voss):

·         A couple SB guys will be going down to a meeting Jan. 10th about a proposed fishery closure area to buffer the shipping lane at Port Hueneme, to minimize risk of gear entanglement by the boat traffic.

·         Hopefully the fishermen at the meeting will help amend the footprint of the closure because its much bigger than makes sense. Should be a cone shape.

·         Would also like to know how many boats actually get tangled and what’s the real cost? Breakwaters are really good fishing grounds.

·         FG Commission has control and so the recommendation will be put in front of it. Puccanelli has contacted Chris about this.

 

MLMA revise (Chris Voss):

·         Shuman’s ultimate goal to carry this revision to the Commission. RLF Packard is paying for it (Mike Webber). Last passed in 1998. Stipulates FMPs and changes the protocols for many issues. For instance, whale entanglement has to go through the commission instead of legislation.

·         To get the revision done, the commission farming out pieces to various working groups. E.g Mike Conroy, Mick, Diane all very involved in a working group tasked with redefining the terms bycatch, target species, discard.

·         Another committee will choose which fisheries to prioritize for new FMPs. Also working on revisions to try to streamline the FMP process. Leaning away from more communications with fishermen because its expensive. Its important fishermen are at all of these discussions because folks like Geoff Chester and Oceana will be at them.

·         Huff working for RLF and both he and Chris were consulted on communication protocol.

 

CFSB Memberships strategy (Kim Selkoe):

·         Pursuing more community organizations and businesses – restaurants and grocers.

·         Idea was raised to have a booth to Join CFSB at Farmers and Fisherman’s markets. Use an updated print out membership form– get sign ups to email list, and list member benefits. E.g., give out discounts on direct sales and fish market. Send out email updates

 

 

Misc:

·         Note that Cable Grants have a deadline of Feb 28th .  McCorkle and Burke on the committee. Budget is increasing. Use CFSB as match. Also COC funds.

·         CUDA dock – Bill Hooten wanting to retire. Need someone to take over CUDA Dock management.  Best to have someone who ties their boat up there. Harry Liquornic’s name was brought up as a possible replacement manager

·         2017 CFSB dues are due.  Payment may be made at cfsb.info, left at fuel dock or given to any executive member.

·         Next CFSB general meeting will be early April.

·         Mike Conroy mentioned after our meeting that the Commission has been asked to review their policies on enforcement and fines for repeated violators of lobster size limits. There may be changes to their policies coming up.

 

These minutes were written 01.09.17by Kim Selkoe, Executive Director, to the best of her memory.

 

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - August 29, 2016

Agenda

 

1.            Financial Report -  Michael Harrington

2.             Storage Yard updates -  Michael Harrington

3.            Discussion of planning a CFSB General Meeting in the near future

4.            Domoic Acid update

5.            Motion for compensating Mike Conroy for his assistance on DA work

6.            Whale Entanglement update

7.            Executive Report covering:

  • TNC Quota
  • FishSB program with Chamber of Commerce
  • Edits to CFSB’s Mission Statement
  • Website revamping
  • Offshore Monument proposal opposition
  • Oil Response activities

 

CFSB Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

August 29, 2016 5:30 pm

1.      President Chris Voss opened the meeting at 5:30 pm at the Community Room.

2.      Michael Harrington gave a report on the financial standing of CFSB

3.      Michael Harrington gave a report on the Storage Yard, reviewing leasees who are delinquent on paying rent and those who are out of compliance with yard rules. John Colgate made a motion, seconded by Michael Harrington, for the CFSB Board to support eviction for those not paying rent. Five Board Members supported and one abstained.

4.      Michael Harrington made a motion to reinstate Maasen’s contract as month to month (he has paid 4 months in advance and currently only has a trailer stored there). Support was unanimous.

5.      The need to collect CFSB member dues from the Kuda dock was discussed. Chris Voss will pursue the $250 debt.

6.      A General Meeting of CFSB Members will be scheduled for mid-September, with a focus on reporting on CFSB’s recent work (e.g., addressing regulatory challenges related to Domoic Acid Closures and the proposed California offshore Monument, and new marketing initiatives for local seafood through FishSB). Note: Voss is gone September 23/24th. Burke gone 16-20th.

7.      Selkoe will provide the updated website contents to the Board for their review. We have been unable to access the backend of the CFSB website or Facebook page since David Gogel quit . Selkoe will have new versions of both finalized with the help of the Chamber of Commerce staff by mid-September.

8.      Voss reported on his recent trip to Sacramento – the Wednesday, August 10, California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture held a hearing entitled “Progress Reports on Crab Season, Domoic Acid and Disaster Declaration”.

9.      Voss also reported on the rationale behind a letter that was drafted by Voss and Mike Conroy on behalf of the lobster fishery following a meeting in Long Beach with ~30 fishery participants.

a.       The letter suggests improvements to the regulatory protocols for issuing closures and advisories of lobster in response to elevated DA.

b.      Voss conveyed the message he took from the meeting that regulators need to see the fisheries taking proactive steps to initiate a targeted educational campaign among populations most prone to eat crab and lobster viscera in order to enable a revised regulatory approach that is less punishing to the industry.  Bernard Freeman suggested tacking on DA advisories to Mussel Quarantine warning signs.

c.       Board members stressed the importance of careful, measured responses by the fishery in advance of the season and any regulatory action.

10.  Voss made a motion to compensate Mike Conroy $1,000 for his assistance in holding the lobster fishery meeting and sending the letter to regulators. The CA Spiny Lobster Fishermen’s Association has additionally compensated him $5,000. Jason Robinson seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous in support.

11.  Whale Entanglement certification was discussed. Fishermen have been given the chance to achieve a “Level 2” certification, via attendance at a series of NOAA workshops in the past few month. Reaching level 3 requires years of training and is unlikely to be needed. Selkoe will follow up on a printed certificate for participants in the program.

12.  The latest draft of the Quota transfer agreement from The Nature Conservancy was discussed. TNC’s objectives and asks for the agreement were discussed and found to be agreeable.

a.       Interest was voiced by the board in asking TNC about volunteer opportunities to retrieve and clean up lost fishing gear from the TNC portion of Santa Cruz Island.

b.      It was noted that fishermen provide NMFS with fish measurements and thus support the objective to aid fisheries data collection.

c.       Several Boardmembers will attend a Sept. 31st 7pm meeting in Morro Bay hosted by NMFS to present a 5 year review of the quota system related to groundfish trawling.

13.  Harrington reported on his experiences as a member of a Vessels of Opportunity Task Force led by the Coastal Commission. The one-year task force was set up by the passage of a CA bill led by Hannah Beth Jackson to review the role of fishing vessels and other non-professional vessels in spill response.  Selkoe will meet with Colgate and Harrington to discuss priority needs for fishermen readiness and compensation in oil spill response.

14.  CA Monuments proposal was discussed. Obama designated 2 other Monuments last week. Most likely the plans as to whether or not to designate one in CA waters has by now been finalized by the White House and if yes, will be announced within a few days or weeks. No news is good news.

15.  Selkoe reported on plans for making new marketing proposals to get additional funding by the Chamber of Commerce. A focus on advertising and education among restauranteurs, chefs and the public was preferred. E.g, educate restauranteurs about the glut of white sea bass after the season opening, and the value of underutilized species like Cucumber and underappreciated species like Spiny Lobster. Point out the politics of seafood choices, true conservation = buying local. Advertising in the Independent and KTYD 99.9.

These minutes were written 08.29.16by Kim Selkoe, Executive Director, to the best of her memory.

 

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016 5 pm

1.  President Chris Voss opened the meeting at 5:00 pm at John Colgate’s house.

2.  Exec Director Position- Kim Selkoe spoke about the many possible topics for her to work on. We will continue honing the list of top priorities as a group. Topics include:

A> Assisting with regulatory challenges and advocacy, e.g., domoic acid situation, SB1114 (gillnet attack), potential TNC quota transfer, whale entanglement program.

B> Increase CFSB visibility through new partnerships with business and NGOs in town and beyond. For FishSB (program set up by the Chamber of Commerce), deliverables are to create marketing plans to 1) increase local consumption of our seafood and 2) strengthen visibility and connection to tourist industry and community. We will present detailed plans with budgets to Plains for these two campaigns in the fall to get more funding from Plains. At present the Chamber funding covers Kim’s salary at 60% time (25 hours/week) for 2 years and the Chamber will financially support expenses where possible and closely tied to marketing (e.g., attendance Boston Seafood Show), evaluated case-by-case.

C> Strengthen CFSB role in oil spill response. Plains All American is coming to SB this week for 1 year anniversary of spill. Ken Oplinger asked for a couple bullet points by this Thursday about how we could play a role in shoring up the plans and preparedness for the fishing fleet to contribute to oil spill responses to share with Plains. Comments from board: Look into what sort of gear and training to use the gear exists (e.g., booms). CFSB can utilize and strengthen its infrastructure to be used during a spill response.

D> Follow up on new developments with city’s sale of 125 E. Cesar Chavez. Comments from board: Explore possible avenues for arguing that use be restricted to fisheries infrastructure and support through the Local Coastal Plan and the Coastal Commission.

E> Explore ways to increase membership and increase financial stability of CFSB. Comments from board: Financial stability will enable bringing on strong advocacy and representation to regulators and legislators when needed. Explore a membership option for supporting orgs like Whole Foods, ocean NGOs. Raise membership fees, e.g., to $100 and get more community members.

Kim will email a brief report on Fridays to the board listing weekly activities and findings.

3. Domoic Acid letter- Dominic shared his draft letter to Sen. McGuire. Plan to finalize, print a signed version and display at dock for fishery signatures. Hope for broad support at the port as DA issues will likely affect new fisheries in the future. Letter will be sent to Sen McGuire, Das Williams, HBJ, Capps, etc. Comments from board: Kim will draft a short and sweet version that hammers the key points in Dominic’s letter and will assist with gathering info to prep for the process of creating new consumer sheets that improve on existing crab safety information. Also work with key fishermen to prep agenda items and questions for June 14 meeting with regulators about the issue.

4. Boston Seafood Show - Chris is going to try to secure a commitment for $5000 from a buyer like Gabriel, Talib, Rudy, etc. to sublease our booth.  Motion made - Will wait until Thursday night to get back to Goldenberg and Michael will only submit the application to him for the booth if sublease commitment has been secured. Either way, CFSB will accept $4K from the Chamber to send 2 people to the Boston Seafood Show. Unanimous votes in favor.

5. Storage Yard – Decision needed on how to deal with late payment and contract violation for boat storage parcel T3. Contract states: Occupant rents for solely dive boat and no other purposes, cannot make any alterations additions improvements without manager’s prior written consent. Motion made - CFSB honors the contract. The occupant has expanded the footprint and violated the definition of the space. Thirty days to get storage shed out of yard and rent caught up. Provide occupant a copy of the contract and the map of space and give him a opportunity to avoid eviction.  Unanimous votes in favor.  (Day after vote the tenant agreed to terms.)

6. TNC Quota -  Meeting with TNC on May 23rd. Chris will bring the agreement back to the board before signing anything. Comment from board: TNC blocking Halibut opening in Monterey. Do we want to be against their whole approach and participate in it at the same time?

7. New Agenda Item from McCorkle - A new group and website exists– OPCCoalition.com A list of names of groups and people opposed to the newly proposed Chumash Marine National Sanctuary.  Many politicians and businesses have signed on. Motion made- Should CFSB put our name on the list of oppose? Unanimous votes in favor.

8. New Agenda Item from Colgate - Get CFSB hats and shirts made

Business cards for everyone -Kim and Michael will pursue this.

9. New Agenda Item from Bernard - Follow up on Whale Entanglement – can we get a record that we put in the time and got educated on this so we can show evidence of it in the future? Is there a certificate for the class? Comment from the board: Ask Mike Conroy or Justin about more follow up to next level. We could initiate our own certificate, similar to stickers on boats that read: “This boat fishes sustainably under SCTA regs” Kim will follow up with Mike Conroy and Justin and report back.

These minutes were written 05.17.16  by Kim Selkoe, Executive Director, to the best of her memory.