A new Southern California Offshore Banks Sanctuary Proposal

In January 2017, a coalition of scientists and conservationists submitted a nomination to NOAA for a new Sanctuary designation in Southern California. See their full submission here.

Map of proposed sanctuary locations

Map of proposed sanctuary locations

Excerpt from the nomination:

"Importantly, this proposal does not recommend the curtailment of these either military or fisheries activities but emphasizes the need to coordinate these offshore activities with national security concerns while prohibiting oil and gas extraction, mining, and other industrial uses."


BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force seeking stakeholder engagement

 Update: see our notes on our meeting with BOEM here

The Task Force is seeking to identify potential areas in federal waters off shore California that may be suitable for off shore renewable energy development. It serves as a forum to:

  • Discuss stakeholder issues and concerns;

  • Exchange data and information about biological and physical resources, ocean uses and priorities; and

  • Facilitate early and continual dialogue and collaboration opportunities.

Download their 2 page information sheet here.

Mike Conroy attended an information session in Sacramento last week about this project. He pointed me to more detailed resources from that session here.

***All interested parties are invited to attend a meeting with the task force on March 15that 5:30pm in the Harbor Community Room***

Email kim@cfsb.info to learn more.

Update on Sea Otter legal battle from Pacific Legal Foundation

Good morning all,

Last Friday, the district court held a hearing on our motion for summary judgment in the sea otter case. As you’ll all undoubtedly recall, there are two cases challenging the termination of the management zone. This is the original one, in which we won the right to challenge the decision in the Ninth Circuit last summer.

Despite Damien’s excellent oral argument, the court ruled against us. That was not unexpected, since the judge’s easiest way to rule in the case was to follow the earlier decision in the other case.

A bright spot in the ruling, however, is that the judge disagreed with the earlier decision on your “standing” to bring the case in federal court. According to the latest decision, standing is clearly satisfied. This is a significant positive step, which should make things easier on appeal.

As we’ve discussed, these cases were always going to the appellate courts, regardless of who won in the district court. So although this decision is disappointing, it’s just a temporary setback and doesn’t change our strategy on appeal. Once the judgment is final, we’ll get the notice of appeal filed. The Ninth Circuit will likely expedite our briefing of the appeal so that both cases can be argued together later this year. That’s where the judge’s ruling that we have standing will particularly come in handy, since it will allow us to focus on the merits of the case in the appeal.

Best regards,

Jonathan Wood

Environmental Attorney

Pacific Legal Foundation

3033 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22201

(202) 888-6881


PLF Liberty Blog

Articles on SSRN


Landing fees may greatly increase next year

Governor Jerry Brown turns to landing fees to close a $20 million budget shortfall. To cope, Brown has proposed to raise commercial fishing landing fees roughly 12-fold with the 2016-17 budget...

See the full story at Undercurrent News here

And an update today that "The California legislative analyst's office (LAO) believes the commercial landing fees increase proposed in the governor's 2016-17 budget "may be too large for the industry to sustain"

The CFSB board has also been told that the fee increase will likely NOT be as high as 12-fold, and that the exact amount could be decided very last minute by the governor.

CFSB will work with other ports to voice opposition to steep increases. Senator Mike McGuire of Marin and Richard Bloom of Santa Monica are part of budget subcommittees that have some influence.

Contact us if you'd like to get involved in communicating our concerns.  We need your help!

Conservation 'Leakage' - the unintended consequence of some fishing regulations

"Case studies of the U.S. swordfish fishery suggest that closures along the U.S. west coast and Hawai’i led to a net worldwide increase in bycatch of sea turtles."

"The new review in the Journal of Marine Policy makes the case that, in some instances, fishing restrictions in the U.S. can lead to unintended consequences by creating a spike in negative impacts elsewhere. The paper’s authors – fishery experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Sea Grant and the New England Fishery Management Council – compiled evidence that when U.S. fishery production drops, nations with poor environmental track records can end up increasing their catch to meet consumer demand."

Read the full coverage here

And view the scientific article here

Leatherback turtle. Photo courtesy of NOAA

SLO County Board of Supervisors oppose Chumash Sanctuary proposal

Our partners at Our Protected Coast Coalition send thanks to Santa Barbara fishermen who turned out to demonstrate support for adopting the resolution to oppose the Sanctuary:

Our Friends of the Fishermen & Women,

Thank you! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for turning out in record numbers to the SLO County Board of Supervisor's meeting last week and sitting through five hours of public comment. It wasn't easy or pretty but you all stuck with it and for that you each deserve a huge round of applause.

As you know, the new majority of the board voted 3 to 2 to adopt a resolution to oppose the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. The break down of the vote is as follows:

  • John Peschong - Yes
  • Debbie Arnold - Yes
  • Lynn Compton - Yes
  • Bruce Gibson - N0
  • Adam Hill - No

We hope that you continue to contact the supervisors to let them know how you feel about their votes, on their comments and their actions they have made preceding the meeting and following. It is clear that we must remain vigilant and stay the course when fighting against this proposed sanctuary. We cannot back down.

Please continue to visit the website and Facebook page, encourage your friends and family to sign the petition to oppose the sanctuary and we promise to keep you updated!

Save An Endangered Species - SAVE OUR FISHERMEN!

Again, thank you!

Our Protected Coast Coalition

Forward and share this message with your family and friends!

Visit www.opccoalition.com to see for yourself the names of your friends, neighbors, and local businesses who want to keep local control and oppose the sanctuary.

NOAA declares fisheries disaster for California Dungeness and rock crab fishery (2015-2016)

"Under the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Commerce Secretary can determine a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster, which then provides a basis for Congress to appropriate disaster relief funding to provide economic assistance to affected fishing communities, including salmon and crab fishermen, affected by the disaster.

If Congress appropriates funds to address these fishery failures, NOAA will work closely with members of Congress and affected states and tribes to develop a spending plan to support activities that would restore the fishery, prevent a similar failure, and assist affected communities."

Read the full story: http://www.noaa.gov/news/commerce-secretary-pritzker-declares-fisheries-disasters-for-nine-west-coast-species

CFSB General Meeting Agenda

9 am January 9 2017,

Harbor Community Room

Draft Agenda


1.    Financial Report -  Michael Harrington

2.   Updates on CFSB Activities

a.     Storage and Boat Yard -  Michael Harrington

b.     FishSB program with Chamber of Commerce – Kim Selkoe

c.     CFSB Website and social media– Kim Selkoe

d.    Offshore Monument proposal opposition - Kim Selkoe

e.     New Swordfish regulations – Gary Burke and Kim Selkoe

f.    Domoic Acid update – Chris Voss and Kim Selkoe

g.    Port Hueneme – Chris Voss

h.     MLMA Revise – Chris Voss

i.     Other topics?

3.   The Year Ahead – Kim Selkoe

a.     Pilot Seafood Traceability program idea

b.     Boston Seafood Show

c.    New membership and partners strategy

d.    Saturday Fisherman’s Market

e.    Chumash Marine Sanctuary

f.     Domoic Acid research partnership

Meeting about a proposed restricted fishing area off Port Hueneme

A new area may be closed to lobster fishing.
Please attend a meeting 1/10/17 to voice opposition.

If you look at the pictorial representation – there is no way these ships will venture anywhere near the expanded safety zone – the water isn't deep enough for the larger ships…

See announcement below.

To All Members of the Public:

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) will be considering a regulation change to designate the marine safety fairway off Port Hueneme (NOAA chart 18724) as a restricted fishing area for the take of lobster for commercial purposes.

Click here to see two maps of the proposed designated area.

A public outreach meeting will be held on January 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Port of Hueneme District Office, located at 105 E. Port Hueneme Road, Port Hueneme, Calif. The meeting will provide members of the public an opportunity to discuss and comment on the proposed regulation change. 

For further information please contact Captain Robert Puccinelli at (831) 649-2901 or Robert.Puccinelli@wildlife.ca.gov.

More Background from Tom Mason:

The Port of Hueneme (Port) will be hosting an outreach meeting on January 10, 2017 to discuss a proposal to establish a commercial lobster restricted fishing area off Port Hueneme to enhance vessel safety.  We would like to request your help with reaching out to commercial fishermen in your area and other interested parties concerning this upcoming meeting. Details concerning the proposal as well as time and location of the meeting and contact information for questions are provided in the attached flyer.
The Port submitted a petition to the Fish and Game Commission in January 2016, requesting that they consider a regulatory change to designate an area off Port Hueneme as a commercial lobster restricted fishing area to enhance vessel safety.  The proposed designation would prohibit the deployment of commercial lobster gear within the safety fairway of the port (Figures 1 and 2 of the attached) to provide safe passage for vessels entering and leaving the Port.
CDFW anticipates that the Fish and Game Commission will consider publicly noticing its intent to consider this regulatory change at its February 2017 meeting.  If noticed in February, the discussion hearing will likely be scheduled for the April 2017 Commission meeting, with possible adoption at either the April 2017 or the June 2017 Commission meeting.

As a venerable fisherman within the lobster fleet, we hope that you can help spread this information to the fleet.  We understand that the outreach meeting will be occurring during the lobster fishing season, but we would like to encourage all interested fishermen to attend this information meeting to discuss the proposal in advance of the Commission meeting. 

Please let me know if you need any further information or clarification.
Thank you
Tom Mason
Marine Sr Environmental Scientist Supervisor
Invertebrate Fishery Management Plan Project

USDC Seafood Inspection Program notice

New health certificate data Requirement for exports to China

Due to fishing closures in certain areas of California and other states (for domoic acid), USDC/NOAA will now require additional catch location information on export health certificates for live product destined for China. The additional information will help Chinese authorities to clear shipments by further documenting the product comes from open fishing areas.

Effective immediately for live shipments caught in California waters the number of the catch area grid or "Location Where Fish Were Caught" matching what is entered on the California Landing Receipt must be entered on the health certificate.  The catch area grid number must be entered into the Production Area box when entering certificate data online.  If product was caught in multiple grid areas enter each area's grid number.  See the attached example with multiple grid areas entered in the Production Area box.

Processors must have the California Landing Receipts (or copies from suppliers) available for USDC/NOAA verification upon request, or at time of audit.  Keep the records or copies of records for two years.

See example of certificate here

Please write or call if you have any questions about the procedure.

Mike Stadler


USDC Seafood Inspection Program
501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 1200
Long Beach, CA 90802
office phone: 562-388-7346
cell: 323-326-6704
fax: 562-388-7353