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.