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March 18
SEND THE PFMC YOUR OPINION!

We need your help: please write to the Council and make a difference for our fishery.

We have three alternatives that set the upper and lower boundaries of the possible outcomes of the upcoming salmon season. What we need to do is to let the PFMC know which of these (or combination of these) that we prefer and support. So here is our assessment of these alternatives. Use the following e-mail address to let the Council know of your preference:  pfmc.comments@noaa.gov . Comment letters (e-mails) are due not later than close of business on Thursday March 30.  

Most important is that we strenuously object to Alternative 3. Alternative 1 has the most open days and offers the greatest opportunity for fishermen – it is our best choice. Alternative 2, our second choice offers somewhat less opportunity, but is much better than Alternative 3. We must let the Council know that Alternative 3 is not acceptable.

Write you own letter, but some talking points that you can use in your comments follow:

1. California Recreational Alternative 1 achieves all of the conservation criteria while providing for the most opportunity and greatest economic value – from $16 to $54 million in direct sales in California alone. This is the alternative we support.

2. California Recreational Alternative 1 provides for 324 days of fishing in all zones except the Klamath, with 89,553 angler days. This is the alternative we support.

3. California Recreational Alternative 2 achieves all of the conservation criteria while providing for somewhat less opportunity and economic value than Alternative 1 – from $14 to $48 million in direct sales in California alone. While this is much better than Alternative 3, it is not as good as Alternative 1; we therefore support Alternative 1.

4. California Recreational Alternative 2 provides for 272 days of fishing in all zones except the Klamath, with 78,675 angler days. While this is much better than Alternative 3, it is not as good as Alternative 1; we therefore support Alternative 1.

5. California Recreational Alternative 3 provides for no real increases in protection for Klamath fall run Chinook sub-stocks (at most, only 4%), but results in large economic losses in forgone sales in California (from $10 to $40 million). We cannot accept Alternative 3.

6. California Recreational Alternative 3 fails to meet Magnuson Stevens standards of maximizing economic benefit while ensuring sustainable fisheries. We cannot accept Alternative 3.

7. Salt-water recreational direct sales create and support nearly 23,000 jobs in California alone.

8. Salmon fishing is a critical factor for the 1.1 million recreational salt-water anglers in California.

9. Salmon fishermen recognize the disastrous impacts the last several years of drought have had on our salmon fisheries, we have been making significant sacrifices for several years.

10. Recreational fishermen are willing to continue to do our part to ensure the health of our salmon fisheries, and we support conservative regulatory measures that balance opportunity with real and measurable protections for out salmon runs

Some facts follow that you can use if you choose. If you plan to attend the Council meeting on April 7 and speak to the Council, then you should have these data handy – you never know when you might get a question! ☺  

The economic numbers are from a NMFS document published in 2014: From page 43 of FEUS 2014* each salt water angler day in CA provides for $604 in direct sales (2.657B$ from 4.4 million trips) – or more conservatively $178 if one excludes durable costs.  

* National Marine Fisheries Service. 2016. Fisheries Economics of the United States, 2014. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-F/SPO-163, 237p. (https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/...4-FINAL-v5.pdf)

The number of days and effort are from the STT (Salmon Technical Team) Klamath Ocean Harvest Model (KOHM) runs for the three alternatives.

Alternative 1 324 zone-days open, with 89,553 angler days

Klamath zone: CLOSED

Ft Bragg April 1 – May 31, August 15 – Nov 12, 20 inches 
78 days open, with 5,242 angler days

San Francisco April 1 – 30, May 15 – Oct 31, 24 inches through April 30; 20 inches thereafter
140 days open, with 52,501 angler days

Monterey (North) April 1 – July 15, 24 inches, (South) April 1 – May 31, 24 inches
106 days open, with 31,810 angler days

This alternative provides for the most fishing days open and for the greatest effort while meeting the conservation objectives for all stocks – including the constraining Klamath River fall Chinook control rule impact rate of 8.1%. In direct trip related costs this alternative provides for $16 million in sales, and upwards of $54 million in total (including durable) direct sales.
It provides for the most fishing days in all areas, and for the greatest economic benefit in all areas. Clearly this is the alternative that we should support.

March 12
SALMON SEASON IS OPENING FOR AT LEAST THE MONTH OF APRIL. GET YOUR GEAR READY EARLY!

March 11
The weather was perfect today for the shore anglers and there were some nice Perch caught. The majority of the action was near Manresa for the Perch. There was a nice Striped Bass caught in the same area. There have been some reports of Halibut being caught by anglers who are tolling from Capitola to Pajaro. We may get some news on the Salmon tomorrow so we will keep you posted!

March 10
The Salmon season is set to open on April 1. The state is pushing for a season through July. We will see what the feds give us after they meet in April. My advice is to be ready to fish the first week of April. We should have Pile Worms around 5:30 tonight. We will be open at 6:00 am for your needs.

March 8
The weather is nice here and the perch fishing is getting good. We should have Pile Worms and all other bait need for you. The Harbor mouth is open and it should be a nice weekend. The Crab fishing has gotten better.

March 1
The weather is finally improving and there is a little more room to get out of the harbor. The tides are playing a role so make sure you check the soundings on the harbor web site. The Sand Crab Classic is coming up in March 11. We will have a nice supply of Pile Worms and Shrimp for the tournament. We will keep you posted on the Salmon season. The Rock fishing opens April 1 2017. The meeting for the state Salmon season will be at the end of March and the feds will meet the first week in April. We will keep you posted. The Crab fishing has gotten better!

Feb. 10
The storms are clearing up but the harbor is still having issues keeping the mouth clear. The swell is down and there were a few boats who went in and out at the high tide. Watch the tides, swells, and storms before going out here. You can check the harbor web site for more information on sounding at the mouth. The Surf fishing is going good for Perch near Manresa and the Cement Ship. The Crab fishing was a little better the last time boats went out.

Jan 8
There has been stormy weather here in Santa Cruz. We hope the San Lorenzo will clear up and the Steelhead fishing improves. The Crab fishing has picked up some. The only fish to catch in a boat are Halibut, Sea Bass, San dabs, Sole, and bait fish. There have not been many boats fishing due to the logs and stormy conditions on the water. We will keep you posted but these systems are supposed to last a while.

Dec. 31
The year ended with good weather for fishing for Rock fish and Lingcod. The majority of the anglers stayed close to Santa Cruz and caught some nice fish. There was one Halibut caught that I heard of. The wind was blowing some and the swell was small. The Rock fish and Lingcod season is closed and we wish you a happy new year.

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