Posted by: socalsalty | November 15, 2011

Q&A: Follow Up On Pew and the PFMC Meeting

I had the opportunity to meet with Ashley Lautzenhiser who represents the Pew Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign here in California.  In the time since I wrote the letter, and the council met, I had some additional questions that she was kind enough to answer for me.

What happened in the meeting?

The PFMC chose to table the topic until the Summer meeting next year.

Our fishing regulations here in Southern California are governed by the California Dept. of Fish and Game (CA DFG), who is the PFMC?

The Pacific Fishery Management Council develops management measures for the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. These are federal waters.  State waters cover the area from shore to three miles seaward of the coast (CA DFG jurisdiction).  Because fish move between state and federal waters without regard to political boundaries, the Council’s plans generally cover the entire area out to 200 miles. The Council manages fish species, so while regulations apply mainly in federal waters, they may also apply in state waters and on the high seas (beyond the 200-mile limit). States are required to adopt regulations that are at least as stringent as federal laws.

What is the scope of your campaign?

Our goal is simply to keep forage fish that aren’t currently being commercially fished (full list here) off limits to future commercial fishing activity.

What’s next?

We need to raise the level of awareness so that the PFMC feels compelled to take action.

I’m going to do what I can to help them raise awareness, so stay tuned for more information.  Ashley says she wants to meet anglers to get their message out.  They hosted a reception on the Friday during the PFMC meeting, and there will be future events to raise this organizations visibility.  I’ll be sure to let you know as they come up.

Do you like catching tuna? Let's help ensure they have plenty to eat.

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