Archive for October, 2010

Oct 12 2010

Dr. Doyle Hanan Talking Sardine Research on KNX-AM Los Angeles

Dr. Doyle Hanan was interviewed today on KNX-AM 1070 (Los Angeles) about the sardine research project. You can listen here.

Oct 5 2010

Stealth State Plan Would End Salmon Fishing in California

Creative Commons License photo credit: kbear65
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Assns, Exec. Dir.

At the end of any State Administration, agencies try to ram through plans and projects they have been working on for years. That’s understandable. But I’m shocked and outraged that the Resources Agency is trying to sneak through a plan that would kill California’s salmon fishing industry, eliminate thousands of jobs and devastate coastal communities. That’s not how they’re framing it, of course: they’re dressing it up as a plan to “save” the Delta and distribute water equitably. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In reality, it’s a plan to destroy the Delta and keep corporate farms in the San Joaquin Valley awash in cheap, taxpayer-subsidized water.

A week ago, the State Resources Agency released a curious document. The state insists that it is not a draft plan for the Delta, but it sure looks like one. As it stands now, this proposal would gut federal protections for salmon and other fish covered by the Endangered Species Acts. It proposes to revive a version of the Environmental Water Account, an utterly failed and now-abandoned scheme to cap the ability of fisheries agencies to limit the transport of fresh water from the Delta. And finally, the plan promotes a huge new canal and still weaker rules to allow for even more pumping. This is all driven by the desire of Central Valley agribusiness to seize more taxpayer-subsidized water, the salmon and our Bay-Delta ecosystem be damned.

As I write this post, the state is working to finalize this egregious give-away to the nation’s largest corporate farms in closed-door meetings — meetings from which fishermen and the Delta community have been banned. For fishermen, this is producing a profound and uneasy sense of deja vu: we’ve been here before. Whenever we have been excluded from the table, whenever state authorities and corporate agribusiness convene in secret, the salmon — and salmon fishermen — suffer.

Read more here.

Oct 4 2010

Sardine count on Central Coast: Science, business mix

Money on the line for county fishermen in aerial photo project

By MIKE HORNICK, The Californian
October 2, 2010

Moss Landing-based fisherman Andy Russo is a skipper, not a scientist. But he’d swap a line and net for a test tube and white lab coat if it put more sardines in his next catch.

It just might.

Russo is helping scientists with a project that could help his bottom line.

Since August, the California Wetfish Producers Association, a nonprofit industry group, has been flying aerial photography missions on the Pacific coast from Canada to Mexico, capturing images of massive sardine schools below the water’s surface. Russo and other fishermen take occasional hauls from the schools to establish density and weight.

The fishing purse seiner Eileen approaches schools of sardines, which appear as black masses on this enhanced photo.

Read the rest of the story from the Salinas Californian here.

Oct 1 2010

Judge rules MLPA officials must release public records

cabrillo national park
Creative Commons License photo credit: TheTruthAbout…

By Ed Zieralski

September 30, 2010 at 8:56 p.m.

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Master Plan Team for the Marine Life Protection Act South Coast Region are “state agencies” and must adhere to the California Public Records Act.

Judge Patrick Marlette ruled in favor of San Diego’s Robert C. Fletcher, saying the agencies must release all requested documents related to the South Coast Region of the Marine Life Protection Act by Oct. 10.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Master Plan Team have been charged with drawing up proposals for enactment of the Marine Life Protection Act.

Read the rest of the story at the San Diego Union-Tribune here.

Oct 1 2010

Pilot Jeff Laboff Talking Sardine Research on KTVA Ventura

Pilot Jeff Laboff was recently interviewed on KTVA-AM 1520 (Ventura) about the sardine research project.  You can listen here.