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.

 

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - April 1, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Chris Voss at 1700 hours in the Community Room at Santa Barbara Harbor. Other attendees were: Vice President John Colgate, Secretary/Treasurer Michael Harrington, Board Members, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, Harry Liquornik and Kevin McCeney. Other members attending were: Shane Robinson, Jeff Maassen, Bernard Friedman, Jim Colomy, Billy Gerard, Tom Dabney and Jonathan Gonzales representing the Ventura County Commercial Fishermen Association. Thirteen voting members were present.

A request was made by McCorkle to include lobster transferability to agenda. Voss made a motion to approve the minutes and financial report from the 03.01.16 meeting. Harrington seconded and the vote was unanimous.
 
Crab Closure: Gerard gave a report on the stone walling by all of the powers that be regarding the recent closure. No answers asked by fishermen to any questions are given and any attempts to apply any lessons learned seem to be stymied by the bureaucracy. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) seem to be running the show with no accountability or transparency. Fishermen requests for more than one lab (local) in the state to be used for testing and testing meat when testing viscera have been met by blank stares. It was noted that it is important to keep lines of communication open and to keep an eye on the Disaster relief money trail. It was noted that testing is to be done by block number. Stephanie Mutz was credited for her tenacity in dealing with the “blank stares.”
 
Voss noted that Kim Selkoe has been hired by the Chamber of Commerce and tasked to assist CFSB. She will have 30 hours a week allocated to such projects as; Domoic Acid issues, hard caps, ground fish quotas, industry promotion, the list of issues that need time is endless.
 
Burke gave an update on the movement to shut down the drift gill net fishery. Burke says, that environmental pressure is overwhelming. A planned obsolescence of the retirement of permits using experimental fishing methods (buoy) that to date are not feasible commercially seem to be the rigour. Raising the permit fees 500% and sending a bill to the Democratic congress next week is not encouraging. CFSB is to send a letter of support for reasonable, rational, science based fishery management to congress ASAP. Gonzales, who is taking the lead said that the deck is stacked. Voss made a motion to send a letter in opposition to SB111. Harrington seconded.
 
A discussion on VMS ensued. Costs and types of VMS and the notion that the fishermen themselves were part of some grand experiment in social control. Sable fish, VMS update and quota shares pretty much melded into a generic debate of those three issues and more. Costs and types of VMS along with the expense of observers would certainly make some fisheries uneconomical. Obviously, VMS needs to be required for recreational fishermen also, but it is not being addressed.
 
McCorkle requested that CFSB support the fishermen, who do not have transferable lobster permits, pursue making their permits transferable. Colomy, who participated in the process of categorizing lobster permits gave a summary of the process, wished non-permit holders good luck in their pursuit, but noted CDFW would probably be steadfast in staying the course. It was generally agreed that CFSB should not take sides in an inter-fishery management issue.
 
The biennial nomination for CFSB board members was closed and the election was opened. Twelve attending members voted with Harrington choosing to vote online (to test). Members who have not voted may do so online. Membership may also be paid on CFSB website. Voting will close on 04.05.16 at 2100 hours and a meeting of newly elected board members will be on the 6th to elect the executive committee.
 
Colgate gave a brief overview of the state of the “Trawl Fish Rationalization Program.” Noting that the program was the main contribution to exactly what the program was designed to eliminate. …………”a race to fish and a tragedy of the commons.” Colgate’s and Chris Hoeflinger’s letters to the NMFS will be posted on www.cfsb.info
 
Harrington gave a Fishermen Storage Yard Report. He reported that CFSB received a $5100.00 grant from the South Bay Cable/Fisheries Liaison Committee (SBCFLC) to repair the last eight container roofs.
 
Harrington gave a short treasures report. He noted Q1 revenue reflected tenants that paid a year in advance and that the revenue would smooth out during the year. He also mentioned that CFSB was going to commit a few thousand dollars in matching funds to fix container roofs.

The meeting was adjourned around 1900 hrs by Chris Voss. These minutes were prepared by Michael Harrington, secretary/treasurer, to the best of my recollection 04.03.16 at 0500 hrs.

 


New on CFSB:
Trawl Catch Share Review Comments Due Monday April 4 [PDF] may be downloaded here.
Trawl Catch Share Review Comments Due Monday April 4 [letter] may be read here.

Reminder: the CFSB Board Member Election process is still open for paid members. An online ballot is available, but will close April 5th - 9:00pm. Contact Michael Harrington to pay current membership dues and cast your votes for the CFSB Board Members.

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - March 1, 2016

Minutes for 03.01.16 nomination and informational meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Chris Voss at 1713 hours in the Community Room at Santa Barbara Harbor.  Attendees were:  Vice President John Colgate, Secretary/Treasurer Michael Harrington, Board Members, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke and Kevin McCeney.  Other members attending were:  Jason and Shane Robinson, Tim Mulcahy, Jeff Maassen, Bernard Friedman and Jonathan  Gonzales representing the Ventura County Commercial Fishermen Association.   Ten voting members were present.

 

  1. A request for 2016 membership being due was made by Voss.  Membership of $50.00 may be given to any member or by going to  www.cfsb.info or mailing to above address.
  2. The nomination process for board members in  the 2016-2018 cycle was opened and explained by Voss.  The nomination period will last until the annual meeting, sometime in April (weather).  Nominations can be made online and will end at the general meeting at which time voting will begin and end one week later.  Online access to nomination and voting is by password mailed and to all members.  Members may nominate a total of seven board members.  Members nominated at the meeting were:  Voss, Colgate, Harrington, McCorkle, Burke, McCeney,  Harry Liquornik, Jason Robinson and Bernard Friedman.
  3. Voss described the relationship that CFSB is in the process developing with  the Santa Barbara County Chamber of Commerce.  Using funds from Plains, the Economic Vitality Team of the Chamber will hire a person for two years to help SB fishermen develop and expand marketing opportunities.   The search for the new Manager of SB Fish is ongoing.
  4. Voss summarized a meeting that CDFW had with recreational and commercial fishing interests regarding how CDFW might mitigate the negative publicity produced by the huge closure during the Plains spill.  It was agreed that the CDFW stay out of it and that the fisheries were doing fine.  Thank you very much!
  5. The Crab closure was discussed, with unanimous agreement that the lack of protocol, knee jerk reactions and politics were worse than the actual domoic acid.   Friedman mentioned that funding was needed to study the issue.
  6. Jonathan Gonzales, VCFFA, gave a presentation and a request for funds to pay the attorney fighting the non-scientific influence that environmental organizations are able to exert on the National Marine Fisheries Service.  Contrary to the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the scientific method, proposed Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Hard Caps for the Drift gillnet fishery need to be challenged.  CFSB unanimously voted to contribute $2000 for attorney fees.
  7. It was noted that the Lobster FMP process was ongoing and that commercial vs recreational  catch needs to be on a proportional percentage basis in order to maintain equity.
  8. CFSB’s relationship with The Nature Conservancy was discussed.  All agreed that due diligence was needed in light of TNC’s past history.  Voss made it clear that any involvement with TNC would be done with eyes wide open and appropriate discussions with membership.
  9. Harrington gave a Fishermen Storage Yard Report.  He reported that a search for funding to repair eight badly leaking container roofs was ongoing.  He noted that a fire inspection was imminent.  (passed a couple days after meeting)  and that the yard is 100% occupied.
  10. Harrington gave a short treasures report.  He noted that revenue was flat and that with all the issues facing Santa Barbara fishermen, there needs to be renewed focus on the $9000 in accounts receivable.  It was agreed that tenants who  chronically won’t pay rent at the yard were in jeopardy of eviction.

The meeting was adjourned around 1900 hrs by Chris Voss.  These minutes were prepared by Michael Harrington, secretary/treasurer, to the best of my recollection 03.04.16 at 0500 hrs.

CFSB Informational Meeting - October 28, 2015

The meeting was brought to order by President Chris Voss at 5:20 P.M.  Minutes of the last executive meeting 08.31.15 were approved.

Attendees were:  Chris Voss, Michael Harrington, Craig Brooker, Mike McCorkle, Gary Burke, Jason and Shane Robinson, John Colgate, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jono Wilson and Kate Kauer.


The purpose of the meeting was to hear a proposal from Kate Kauer, Fisheries Project Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  Kate explained that TNC is working to divest current holding of ground fish quotas. Unless TNC divests the quota, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) could assume control and most likely divide the quota up in the Northern trawl fishery.  TNC is more interested in keeping local (Santa Barbara) fishers vibrant and competitive and wants to donate to CFSB some of the quota they own.  No strings attached........a donation of quota to CFSB, a 501 (c)(3).  The only stipulation is that the quota is managed within the spirit of TNC's mission statement (http://www.conserveca.org/about-us/our-mission) and CFSB mission statement qualifies. (http://cfsb.info/forum/?page_id=1333).

The premise is that CFSB will negotiate the transfer of the quota and the fishermen will be able to do what they want with the quota.  Shelve it, lottery, give it back, sell it are just some of the ideas.  The process to potentially transfer the quota is just beginning and CFSB's due diligence has just begun.  Lots of meetings and input are still part of the final decision to accept the offer.

On another note, Jonathan Gonzalez made a presentation regarding hiring George Mannina to send a letter to NMFS re:  "concerns that the proposed hard caps conflict with the Magnuson-Stevens Act National Standards."  CFSB will donate $500 toward a retainer.  (http://www.cfsb.info/NFMSvsVCCFA.pdf).

As the meeting was ending McCorkle broached the subject of CFSB donating to a Zeke Grader scholarship fund.  The subject was shelved until particulars are known.

Lots more to follow on all topics!

CFSB Board Meeting Minutes - August 31, 2015

Executive Meeting Minutes
Upstairs Classroom — 08.31.15 — 10:00 AM

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The executive board  meeting was called with only a couple days notice.  The agenda was flexible and there were no action items.  The loose agenda was as follows:

  • Oil spill Update
  • Whale entanglement issue
  • Lobster management plan issue
  • 2014 EIR Report
  • Financial Report
  • Additional subjects

President Chris Voss called the meeting to order at 10:00, 08.31.15.  Those attending were executive board members John Colgate, Gary Burke, Kevin McCeney, Mike McCorkle and Michael Harrington.  Jim Marshall was there and Paul Teal came by to pay his dues.

McCorkle commented that most the oil drilling activity in the channel has come to a halt due to lack of storage facilities.  This lack of storage is compounded by the Plains pipeline being down and that politicos will not approve trucking or trains as a means to transport product.  McCorkle also mentioned that there is concern by oil companies of the complexity of restarting wells or if they even could be started again.  McCorkle  said that the abnormal amount of oil blobs on the beach are a result of no longer pumping out the umbrellas which normally help control the natural seeps.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding working with enviros to help solve real and not real oil issues, the possibility of CFSB joining a class action lawsuit and a suggestion that any settlement with CFSB could be directed to the Safety fund.  Harrington was tasked to follow up with Kathy Pfeifer.

McCorkle brought up the issue of whale entanglements with fishing gear.  There was some question as to whose gear was being impacted and where it was coming from.  McCorkle attended a meeting in San Francisco where people were hysterical and wanted immediate relief from fishing gear and whale entanglement.  Large environmental groups are apparently going after the Dungeness crabbers for relief.

A short discussion regarding the lobster FMP was initiated by Voss.  The crux of the discussion was that nobody was happy and that CDFW culture is a real issue to dealing with resource management and fishery issues.

Marshall and Harrington reported that reception of the 2014 EIR by those at various meetings during the last oil spill was animated.  “We had no idea,” was a common refrain and the report opened the door to access to various economic forums and chambers.  Discussion focused on how best to utilize the report and that the report is available at: cfsb.info.

Harrington reported on the status of the Gear Storage Yard.   One pressing issue was that of unauthorized parking in the CFSB area.  Vehicles not permitted to park have been ignoring warnings that they vehicle will be towed.  Tony, the Wright and Co manager, is adamant that there is not to be any freeloaders and that he has a contract with Loves Towing and that it only takes a phone call.  The board approved Harrington do what is necessary to keep the yard running smoothly and to discourage unauthorized use of the facilities.

Harrington also reported that the CUDA Dock 2015 membership dues haven’t been received.  Marshall said he would talk to Bill.  CFSB got the membership dues shortly there after.

Harrington also reported many tenants of the Gear Storage Yard were not complying with CFSB membership policy.  The board unanimously requested him to add the membership dues to tenants monthly invoice and to prorate the dues.  All felt this would be fairer so late in the 2015 cycle and a couple dollars a month would be less of a burden to fishermen.  It was also agreed that the dues were a small price to pay for inexpensive storage close to the harbor.  McCorkle said that lots of fishermen were unable to pay there dues on the website.  Harrington was to mention this issue with the webmaster.

McCeney reported that the report covering use of grant funds from The Santa Barbara Foundation was due.  Harrington requested that in the future he receive notice of tasks in a more timely fashion.

The meeting was adjourned around 1:30 by Chris Voss.  These minutes were prepared by Michael Harrington, secretary/treasurer, to the best of my recollection 09.13.15 at 0500 hrs.