15 July 2009
Ms. Cindy Gustafson, President
fax: (916) 653-5040
Dear President Gustafson,
As the Fish and Game Commission moves towards adoption of Marine Protected Areas on the
First, it is important that no family lose their livelihood from the implementation of North Central MPAs. Unlike many more populous areas of the state, the
Second, there continues to be controversy in a significant reduction of fishing grounds outside an historic fishing port, Point Arena. Residents of the port town, fishermen in particular, feel that its relative remoteness and dependence on local fishing has made it unusually vulnerable to the placement of MPAs. It essential that the Plan carefully take into account fishing areas located near active, historic ports.
Finally, there is real concern in the community and statewide that new regulations and the research attending their implementation will rapidly become an unfunded mandate. At this time, there are funds available from private partnerships to start building a baseline of information. In the future, there may be insufficient funds to re-monitor, compare management strategies and formulate effective improvements to the proposed regulations. I would ask that the Commission confirms that likely expenditures will be covered by a combination of anticipated general fund revenues, license revenues and private trust income, and that it present those anticipated costs and revenues to the Legislature, specifically this Committee.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan. You may reach my consultant, Dr. Fred Euphrat, directly at 707.433.5544 for clarification or comment.
Senator Patricia Wiggins