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Saltwater Bass Options
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Hearing will be Aug 8th

http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/2012/27_65ntc.pdf





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TITLE 14. Fish and Game Commission
Notice of Proposed Changes in Regulations
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Fish and Game Commission (Commission), pursuant to
the authority vested by sections 200, 202, 205, 219, and 220 of the Fish and Game Code and to
implement, interpret or make specific sections 200, 202, 203.1, 205, 207, 210, 215, 219, 220,
240, 5508, and 5509 of said Code, proposes to amend sections 27.65 and 28.30, Title 14,
California Code of Regulations, relating to kelp bass, barred sand bass and spotted sand bass.
Informative Digest/Policy Statement Overview
Under current regulations, Section 27.65(b)(1), Title 14, CCR, specifies a minimum fillet length
for kelp bass, barred sand bass, spotted sand bass, and ocean whitefish. Section 28.30
specifies a minimum size (total length and alternate length) and bag limit for kelp bass, barred
sand bass, and spotted sand bass.
The three proposed regulatory options are intended to work together to favor population
increases of the three bass species by reducing take. The options include an increase in the
minimum size limit for all three species (with a corresponding increase in fillet length and
alternate length), a reduction in the bag limit for all three species, and a spawning season
closure for barred sand bass only. Each proposed option includes a range of sub-options
yielding different reductions in catch depending on the species. The following summarizes the
options for regulatory change in Title 14, Sections 27.65(b)(1) and 28.30:
Option 1: The proposed regulation would increase the minimum size limit for bass to
either 13, 14, or 15 inches total length. An increase in the minimum size limit to 13, 14,
or 15 inches will require a corresponding increase in the fillet length size to 7, 7.5, or 8
inches, respectively and a corresponding increase in the alternate length size to 9.25,
10, or 10.75 inches, respectively. Ocean whitefish fillets would retain the 6.5 inches
minimum length and require the entire skin be attached.
Option 2: Current regulations specify a limit of 10 fish (bass) in any combination of
species. The proposed regulation would retain the 10 fish upper limit in aggregate
stipulation, but provide for a reduction in the individual species limit within the range of
10 to 0.
Option 3: Current regulations do not specify any seasonal closure of barred sand bass
fishing. The proposed regulation would close barred sand bass fishing from 1 week to 3
months during the spawning season (June 1-August 31).
The benefits of the proposed regulations are sustainable management of the bass resources to
protect bass populations while continuing to provide recreational fishing opportunities.
The proposed regulations are neither inconsistent nor incompatible with existing State
regulations. No other State agency has the authority to promulgate sport fishing regulations.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that any person interested may present statements, orally or in writing,
relevant to this action at a hearing to be held at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel,
450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, California, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., or as
soon thereafter as the matter may be heard. - 2 -
NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that any person interested may present statements, orally or in
writing, relevant to this action at a hearing to be held at the Radisson Hotel-LAX, 6225 West
Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 8:30 a.m., or as
soon thereafter as the matter may be heard. Written comments may be submitted to the
address given below, or by fax at (916) 653-5040, or by e-mail to FGC@fgc.ca.gov. Written
comments mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Commission office, must be received before
5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2012. All comments must be received no later than November 7,
2012 at the hearing in Los Angeles, CA. If you would like copies of any modifications to this
proposal, please include your name and mailing address.
The regulations as proposed in strikeout-underline format, as well as an initial statement of
reasons, including environmental considerations and all information upon which the proposal is
based (rulemaking file), are on file and available for public review from the agency
representative, Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director, Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth
Street, Box 944209, Sacramento, California 94244-2090, phone (916) 653-4899. Please direct
requests for the above mentioned documents and inquiries concerning the regulatory process to
Sonke Mastrup or Sherrie Fonbuena at the preceding address or phone number. Ms. Marija
Vojkovich, Regional Manager, Department of Fish and Game’s Marine Region, telephone
(805) 568-1246 has been designated to respond to questions on the substance of the
proposed regulations. Copies of the Initial Statement of Reasons, including the regulatory
language, may be obtained from the address above. Notice of the proposed action shall be
posted on the Fish and Game Commission website at http://www.fgc.ca.gov.
Availability of Modified Text
If the regulations adopted by the Commission differ from but are sufficiently related to the action
proposed, they will be available to the public for at least 15 days prior to the date of adoption.
Circumstances beyond the control of the Commission (e.g., timing of Federal regulation
adoption, timing of resource data collection, timelines do not allow, etc.) or changes made to be
responsive to public recommendation and comments during the regulatory process may
preclude full compliance with the 15-day comment period, and the Commission will exercise its
powers under Section 202 of the Fish and Game Code. Regulations adopted pursuant to this
section are not subject to the time periods for adoption, amendment or repeal of regulations
prescribed in Sections 11343.4, 11346.4 and 11346.8 of the Government Code. Any person
interested may obtain a copy of said regulations prior to the date of adoption by contacting the
agency representative named herein.
If the regulatory proposal is adopted, the final statement of reasons may be obtained from the
address above when it has been received from the agency program staff.
Impact of Regulatory Action
The potential for significant statewide adverse economic impacts that might result from the
proposed regulatory action has been assessed, and the following initial determinations relative
to the required statutory categories have been made: - 3 -
(a) Significant Statewide Adverse Economic Impact Directly Affecting Businesses, Including
the Ability of California Businesses to Compete with Businesses in Other States:
The proposed action will not have a significant statewide adverse economic impact
directly affecting businesses, including the ability of California businesses to compete
with businesses in other states.
Some impacts to southern California businesses catering to bass fishing may be
realized; however, these impacts are not expected to be significant or statewide. The
bass fishery is only a southern California fishery, and businesses from other states do
not compete with southern California businesses for this resource.
(b) Impact on the Creation or Elimination of Jobs Within the State, the Creation of New
Businesses or the Elimination of Existing Businesses, or the Expansion of Businesses in
California; Benefits of the Regulation to the Health and Welfare of California Residents,
Worker Safety, and the State’s Environment.
An increase in the minimum size limit (Option 1) will result in fewer bass taken, but it is
unlikely to result in the creation or elimination of jobs or businesses. The minimum size
increase is not expected to reduce the number of anglers aboard CPFVs and rental
boats to the same extent that a reduction in the bag limit would because the opportunity
to catch larger fish still exists.
Due to some of the recreational fishing community having support for a reduction in the
bag limit (Option 2), it is unknown whether a moderate reduction in the bag limit would
deter a significant portion of anglers from fishing. However, a severe reduction in the
bag limit (e.g., zero take) would most likely result in the loss of jobs and the elimination
of several businesses associated with the industry (see economic impact analysis
report).
A barred sand bass season closure (Option 3) could also result in the loss of jobs or
businesses, depending on actual customer interest (fishing for barred sand bass versus
other species) and revenue lost due to potential impacts to sport fishing landings. Under
a partial season closure, it seems likely that landings would choose to continue their
regular schedule and fish for other species, resulting in no loss of jobs or businesses.
However, under a full season closure, a significant reduction in fishing trips would most
likely result in the loss of jobs and the elimination of several businesses associated with
the industry (see economic impact analysis report).
For all three options, fewer fish being taken home would result in some lost income to
CPFV crew members due to filleting fewer fish.
Despite the possibility of a short-term adverse impact to businesses, the long-term intent
of all the proposed actions is to increase sustainability of the bass fisheries and,
subsequently, the long-term viability of these same businesses.

The Commission anticipates benefits to the health and welfare of California residents.
Currently there are health advisories recommending limited consumption of kelp bass
and barred sand bass from certain areas within southern California due to contaminants - 4 -
(see economic impact analysis report). Limiting take of these fishes through the
proposed regulations will help residents comply with these health advisories.
The Commission does not anticipate any non-monetary benefits to worker safety.
The Commission anticipates benefits to the environment by the sustainable
management of California’s bass resources.
© Cost Impacts on a Representative Private Person or Business:
The agency is not aware of any cost impacts that a representative private person or
business would necessarily incur in reasonable compliance with the proposed action.
(d) Costs or Savings to State Agencies or Costs/Savings in Federal Funding to the State:
None.
(e) Nondiscretionary Costs/Savings to Local Agencies: None.
(f) Programs mandated on Local Agencies or School Districts: None.
(g) Costs Imposed on Any Local Agency or School District that is Required to be
Reimbursed Under Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4, Government
Code: None.
(h) Effect on Housing Costs: None.
Effect on Small Business
It has been determined that the adoption of these regulations may affect small business. The
Commission has drafted the regulations in Plain English pursuant to Government Code sections
11342.580 and 11346.2(a)(1).
Consideration of Alternatives
The Commission must determine that no reasonable alternative considered by the Commission,
or that has otherwise been identified and brought to the attention of the Commission, would be
more effective in carrying out the purpose for which the action is proposed, would be as
effective and less burdensome to affected private persons than the proposed action, or would
be more cost-effective to affected private persons and equally effective in implementing the
statutory policy or other provision of law.
FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
Sonke Mastrup
Dated: May 29, 2012 Executive Director - 5 -

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#2
Close for spawning months, 5 in bag for limit, catch and release spotties only is my vote.
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#3
i like the reduce bag and no spotties

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#4
i hate to be the dick here, but its going to be what the Tree Huggers want and the DFG says. its going to be what it is...
Let God lead the way!
Give a man a fish he eats for one day, teach him to fish he eats forever!
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#5
My thoughts are from game fish point of view...

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#6
I agree, why do people respect Green Bass as a game fish but b*tch and cry over it in saltwater? What taco meat? Rock fish.. Wanna use the smoker? Cuda.. Drink beer and have good times? Bass
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#7
(07-18-2012, 10:50 AM)Salty Dog Wrote: I agree, why do people respect Green Bass as a game fish but b*tch and cry over it in saltwater? What taco meat? Rock fish.. Wanna use the smoker? Cuda.. Drink beer and have good times? Bass
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Let God lead the way!
Give a man a fish he eats for one day, teach him to fish he eats forever!
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