Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan Meeting

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  1. BigJoe
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    NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2012

    Contact:
    Carrie Wilson, DFG Communications, (831) 649-7191
    Mary Patyten, Marine Region, (707) 964-5026

    DFG to Hold Public Meetings on Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan Process

    The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be holding two public meetings to share information about the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan (FMP) process. The meetings, which will be held in Oxnard and Carlsbad, will provide the public and interested organizations with an opportunity to learn more about DFG's plans to develop a comprehensive Spiny Lobster FMP.

    The public feedback from these meetings will help inform the Spiny Lobster FMP process and aid in the plans development.

    "The spiny lobster is a prime candidate for an FMP," said Senior Biologist Kristine Barsky, who will coordinate the FMP process. Barsky has worked predominantly with invertebrate species such as lobster during her 37 years with DFG's Marine Region.

    The Spiny Lobster FMP is being developed in accordance with the Marine Life Management Act of 1998, as the spiny lobster supports important commercial and recreational fisheries and plays a key role in the Southern California kelp forest ecosystem.

    "DFG is committed to making this process transparent, objective and accessible to all, with the goal of completing an adaptable FMP that will ensure a sustainable lobster resource and healthy fisheries," said Barsky.

    The agenda is identical for both public meetings so interested parties need only attend one meeting. Members of the public can provide comments in person at either of the following locations and times:

    Oxnard: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    Open house begins at 6 p.m.
    Public meeting will be held from 6:30-9 p.m.
    Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center
    Ventura Room
    800 Hobson Way
    Oxnard, CA 93030
    www.oxnardpacc.com/directions.html

    Carlsbad: Thursday, April 19, 2012
    Open house begins at 6 p.m.
    Public meeting will be held from
    6:30-9 p.m.
    Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel
    Grand Ballroom
    5805 Armada Drive
    Carlsbad, CA 92008
    www.grandpacificpalisades.com/map-directions

    Written comments may also be submitted after the meetings, either by e-mail through the Lobster FMP
    website (www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/) or by regular mail to:

    Department of Fish and Game
    Attn: Lobster FMP
    1933 Cliff Drive, Suite 9
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109

    For more information about these meetings, the Spiny Lobster FMP process or to be added to the list server, please visit
    www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/.

    Individuals who cannot receive e-mail may sign up to receive the Lobster FMP news notices via mail. Please contact Rosalyn McFarland at (805) 568-1231 to provide your mailing address.
  2. Saba Slayer
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    I'll be at the Oxnard meeting.
    What is an Oxnard ?
    Jim / Saba Slayer
  3. Saba Slayer
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    I bumped this thread to alert all you hoopers and divers about this meeting!
    I'll post it on the inshore reports page also.
    If you are interested in the resource, please plan on attending one of the meetings and speak up about your concerns or plans for the future of our Lobster resource.
    I'll be at the Oxnard meeting and Joe Exline will be at the Carlsbad meeting. The DFG plans on having "stations" (tables manned by various individuals)
    at the meeting to represent the various stakeholders. I'll be there to look out for and represent our recreational Hoop Netters. Any creative input would be helpful before the meeting
    Jim / Saba Slayer
  4. mr.K
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    Has lobster season been extended?
  5. BigJoe
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    Sorry no but these meetings are to ask the public what they think is right/wrong with the current management plan for lobster. This is the start of a 3 year process which will develop the future management plan for lobster (recreational and commercial take). If you fish for lobster and would like to be involved in or share your ideas/concerns about how the fishery is managed now and in the future please come to the meetings and see what the FMP is all about and what it is not about for yourself and feel free to get your input into the process. Thanks.

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