Phil Isenberg’s Business Ties to the Irvine Ranch Water District

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, campaign director of Restore the Delta, exposes how Phil Isenberg, a former Sacramento Mayor and California Assembly Member whom many fear will be appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has represented the Irvine Ranch Water District in a lobbing capacity over the last two years…. (IndyBay/CFC Web site)

HMS Permit News

NMFS issues a final rule to initiate collection of a permit fee for vessel owners participating in commercial and charter recreational fishing for highly migratory species (HMS) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the West Coast of California, Oregon, and Washington (PDF)

As of August 27, 2009, applications for renewal or new Pacific HMS permits will need to be accompanied by a check or money order payable to “US Department of Commerce-NOAA”.

There is currently not an option to pay by credit or debit card over the phone, so plan accordingly and send in your application allowing sufficient time for processing.

Chris Fanning
NMFS SWR SFD
Permits Coordinator

Letter from ODFW Commission

At the Commission meeting on Friday, the Commission adopted the staff recommended rules for allowing harvest of anchovies in select bays. The exhibit and rule language can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/09/08_august/index.asp. The logbook is attached, though it is not yet printed. If people would like a logbook, we can simply print them out pages to complete until printed logbooks get here.

In summary the rule allows a vessel to use lampara net, purse seine, or hook and line to catch anchovies (only) to be used as bait on the catch vessel (meaning that the vessels cannot share catch or sell catch) in Tillamook, Yaquina, Winchester, and Coos Bays from July through October. Catch will not be recorded on fish tickets, and are exempted from the landing definition; however will need to be recorded on the logbook. Vessels will need to notify OSP 12 hours prior to fishing for anchovies by calling 1-800-452-7888 reporting the boat name and number, location of fishing, and estimated time of activity.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Gway

Download Oregon Anchovy Bait Harvest Log: DOCEXCEL