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Friday, May 12, 2017
On The Move

Marine Preservation, Restoration and Enhancement
CCA California has been busy over the last few months helping to craft new marine legislation, managing hatcheries, taking families fishing, collecting halibut brood stock and more. We’ve had some great fund raising events and wish to thank everyone for your donations and help! Chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura hosted dozens of anglers for fun, food, music and auctions—all to support CCA California. Our next fundraiser will be the Craft Beer and Food Festival Saturday Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m. at 2818 Avenida de Portugal, San Diego. To find information about the festival or to purchase tickets visit us at: ccacalifornia.org.

As a member of CCA CAL you can help in protecting and restoring our marine fishery. Hatchery and grow-out facilities for seabass and halibut, artificial reefs, protection of anglers’ rights and water quality management are just a few of the things we’re doing at CCA CAL.

Here’s a look at some of the projects we’re currently working on:

Hatchery and Grow-out Facilities

VOLUNTEERS WORK WITH Hubbs research scientists to weigh and measure hatchery fish.

PENS LIKE THIS one for white seabass in Dana Harbor rely on volunteers to keep them running

CCA CAL in association with Hubbs, Sea World Research Institute is working to provide both white seabass and halibut for release into the local waters. The white seabass program has been operational for many years and CCA CAL is working to try and get California Halibut as the next species to release from this program. Grow-out pens for white seabass restocking are in full operation in San Diego, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Catalina, and Channel Islands Harbor Marina. Releases from these pens into local waters will occur over the summer. Grow-out partners are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help please contact us

Modern Fishing Act

For years, the recreational fishing community has been hindered by antiquated policies that restrict access to public waters, hurt the U.S. economy and detract from conservation goals. The Modern Fish Act addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers, including allowing alternative management tools for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations, smartly rebuilding fish stocks and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making.

“The Magnuson Stevens Act is designed to be reviewed regularly because the management needs of our nation’s fisheries are constantly evolving. Since the last reauthorization, it has become abundantly clear that the law needs to be revised to provide quality angling opportunities for all stakeholders,” said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. “This legislation signifies that our elected officials on both sides of the aisle recognize the unique needs of the recreational angling sector and the changing nature of fisheries management. We commend Senators Wicker, Nelson, Blunt, Schatz, Kennedy and Manchin for providing a pathway that provides for proper conservation and better management of our marine resources in the future.”

CCA is working with legislators in our nation’s capital to craft the Modern Fishing Act. CCA California is helping with marine regulations right here in our state, including amendments to the MLMA, deep set buoy gear, forage fish studies and more. The Modern Fishing Act takes a much more balanced approach to managing, stocking, restricting and closing fishing areas. This is great news for all anglers!

New Lobster Regulations

CCA CAL applauds CA Fish and Game Commission for implementing safe and reasonable new rules for lobster fishing.

Here is a quick overview of the changes:

Effective for the 2017-2018 Lobster Fishing Season

• Hoop net buoys south of Point Arguello (Santa Barbara County) must now be marked for identification and enforcement purposes. Hoop nets used south of Point Arguello shall be marked with a surface buoy. The surface buoy shall be legibly marked to identify the operator's GO ID number as stated on the operator's sport fishing license or lobster report card. Hoop nets deployed from persons on shore or manmade structures connected to the shore are not required to be marked with a surface buoy (§ 29.80 (b)(3)).

• Existing language on the possession of a hooked device while taking lobster has been changed to provide clarification for both recreational divers and enforcement. Diving for crustaceans: In all ocean waters, except as provided in Section 29.05, skin and SCUBA divers may take crustaceans by the use of the hands only. Divers may not possess any hooked device while diving or attempting to dive. Divers may be in possession of spearfishing equipment so long as possession of such equipment is otherwise lawful and is not being used to aid in the take of crustaceans (§ 29.80 (g)).

• The start of the recreational lobster fishing season will be delayed six hours from the current start time of 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for safety purposes. Open season: From 6:00 a.m. on the Saturday preceding the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday after the 15th of March (§ 29.90 (a)).

• Measuring requirements have been clarified in order to allow for measuring lobster aboard a boat. The change will allow hoop netters to bring spiny lobster aboard a vessel where they can be measured safely. All lobsters shall be measured immediately and any undersize lobster shall be released immediately into the water. Divers shall measure lobsters while in the water and shall not remove undersized lobsters from the water. Hoop netters may measure lobsters out of the water, but no undersize lobster may be placed in any type of receiver, kept on the person or retained in any person's possession or under his or her direct control (§ 29.90 (c)).

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Passport Program

CCA CAL EXECUTIVE Director Wayne Kotow gave lure demonstrations to new anglers.

CCA CAL VOLUNTEERS like Wendy Tochihara help anglers with their first day of fishing.

THE DANA PRIDE is a great boat for new anglers to learn the ropes.

This was CDFW's 2nd free Ocean Fishing Workshop held July 1-2 in Dana Point to teach new anglers and families about California's many ocean fishes, the environment they live in, and how to fish for them. “The first day was a classroom setting, which included workstations for casting, rods and reels, knot tying, pier fishing information, rigging, barotrauma device use and fish identification. On the second day we took everyone fishing aboard the 95 ft. Dana Pride so that they could apply all of their new knowledge and skill,” said Carrie Wilson DFW’s program coordinator. “We had 50 participants of all ages who came out to learn from 25 of the best fishing pros, experts and mentors we could find who all volunteered their time! They were absolutely fantastic! We never could have pulled this all off without all of their generous help and support! We hope to hold two more of these workshops this summer!”

What is the CDFW's Ocean Fishing Workshop ?

The Department designed the California Fishing Passport program to encourage people to more fully experience all of the fishing opportunities that the Golden State has to offer. The program challenges people to fish their way around the state in search of 150 different finfish and shellfish species. And, like a traveler's passport book, participants will receive special stamps in their California Fishing Passport to mark their accomplishments for each species caught.

Anyone interested in taking on the "Passport Challenge" just needs to buy a fishing license before they head out in search of their next fishing adventure. There are no additional fees to participate in the program. Children 15 years and under do not need to buy a fishing license to participate.

To register for the Passport Challenge go to: www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/passport/workshop

Upcoming CCA CAL Events

(Help Support CCA CAL by Attending)

Craft Beer and Food Festival

Saturday Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.

Location: United Portuguese SES Inc.

2818 Avenida de Portugal

San Diego CA 92106

Come join us for a fun evening as CCA CAL San Diego Chapter holds its 2nd Annual Craft Beer and Food Festival at Portuguese Hall on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will have local breweries featuring their craft beers, various food items from sushi to tacos, and live music. We will end the event with a great raffle featuring fishing tackle, fishing swag, sportfishing trips and various other prizes. Make sure not to miss the fishing event of the year. Can't make it to the event? You can also contribute to our cause by becoming a sponsor or by making a generous donation. Thanks and hope to see you there!

For tickets and more information about our events Friend us on Facebook: Coastal Conservation Association of California.

Membership in Coastal Conservation of California is just $30.00 per year. To join visit: www.joincca.org/membership

Reader Comments
Outstanding! In CCA the California fishing community has a large, well structured organization representing the interests of anglers and our marine resources. The California chapter of CCA is developing and needs the support of EVERY angler and EVERY industry member. CCA-CAL is already doing great things but need your support! Join CCA-CAL today and get involved in the future of fishing. It won't take care of itself. www.ccacalifornia.org
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