Posted by: socalsalty | November 1, 2011

ATTN: All West Coast Salties – MUST READ

Paul Shively, campaign manager and fisherman. Nice ling Paul!

Interesting thing happened to me yesterday.  I was contacted by the Pew Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign.  What you may ask is that?  I was wondering the same thing and went about finding out.  I’m familiar with the Pew Charitable Trust, primarily in regards to the work that they do around understanding the use and impact of the internet (work stuff).  The trust was setup to do research to inform public policy.  Little did I know they are also doing ocean conservation work, AND they are interested in getting the point-of-view of fishermen.  In fact, they fish too!

The nuts and bolts of their work is to protect our bait.  They want to keep baitfish that aren’t currently being used in commercial fishing operations (mostly for stuff like fertilizer and pet food), off limits to future use for these purposes.  When I went to NY and fished for striper, I found out about the problems they were having getting their primary bait, menhaden aka bunker.  The stripers follow the bunker schools.  Nuff said?  The Pew PFCC work is to inform the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC, they manage the West Coast fisheries: WA, OR, CA) and urge them to adopt a holistic, “ecosystem based management” approach to their fishery management by also protecting baitfish and not just the target species we go after.  Makes sense to me.  Here’s a brief position paper.

The PFMC thinks that Pew folks may have a valid point.  They are meeting this week in Costa Mesa to discuss West Coast fishery managment.  On their agenda is more fact finding on the  details of ecosystem based management.   The Pew folks want to solicit input from fishermen to bolster their case for the holistic approach.  They asked me to give input and also to get other fishermen to chime in.  On Sunday, time has been set aside for public comment.  If you can’t make it live, you can send in commentary via email.  There is also a reception Friday night if you are interested.  All are welcome.  See the details below.

  • Public comment before the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)
What: Tell the PFMC directly how important it is to preserve the forage fish stocks that the rest of the food chain relies on to thrive.
When: Sunday, November 6, 2011
Contact Ashley Lautzenhiser for specific time and full details
Hilton Orange County
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Email comment to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) 
What: If you can’t make it to the meeting on November 6th, you can send the Council a comment via email.
When: As soon as possible
If you’d like more information or guidance on writing an effective message, contact Ashley Lautzenhiser.
  • Pew’s Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign Reception
What: An opportunity for conservation-minded fishermen to mix and mingle with key decision-makers in West Coast fishing policy.  This will be an informal function and a chance to learn more about the key role forage fish play in the Pacific food web.
When: Friday, November 4, 2011
6:00-8:00 pm
Hilton Orange County
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626



  1. Salty , it’s great that they are taking action now. We’ve seen a lot of bad things here in the East because of mismanagement of Atlantic Menhaden. The Chesapeake Bay has suffered , as well as once great fisheries all along the Eastern coast.

  2. Thanks Salty for the info, Just make sure they are not part of this MLPA and trying to shut fisherman down in a backdoor move to take away our bait fish all together. Getting burned by the MLPA and saying they wanted the public input and then doing what they want and tossing out the input. I am all for the management of the oceans resources and bait management sounds good as long as they don’t restrict the catching of it for fishing. Taking it for non-fishing is fine with me. Wish I could make the run up there and see what this group is all about.


    • I’ll dig more, but their stated goal is to keep baitfish off commercial use that aren’t on now. So choves dines and market squid are status quo

  3. This would be laughable if it were not so obscene. The PEW charitable Trust is trying to shift the blame for the economic devastation they have caused to “overfishing” rather than the “over regulation” they have consistently perpetuated. They have ulterior motives one of which is to privatize the oceans for rich and powerful special interests. Because it is an election year and they have caused so much economic damage this is a public relations ploy to shift blame. Go to this link at activist cash .com and you can see for yourself what the Pew Charitable Trust is all about. It is a nice charitable sounding name though; they must have good public relations people.–tides-center

    • Hmmm…I read the link you posted and I’m not even sure how it correlates to this specific issue sbout forage fish. The Pew Trust has several different initiatives going on and this is just one of them. The Pacific Fisheries Mgmt Council agreed with the position that Pew promoted and I advocated. The PFMC is hardly a radical environmental group and I’m pleased with the position they took as it relates to the health of fisheries and the positive effect it will have for sportsfishing.

      Thanks though for stopping by and taking time to comment.

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