Re: Lobster advisory committee

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Posted by Roger on November 27, 2013 at 12:03:33:

In Reply to: Lobster advisory committee posted by Jim Lyle on November 26, 2013 at 17:53:37:

yes, thanks to Chris and Claudette.

I understand these are recommendations, not new law, but they donít seem great for divers or even recreational fishermen, and I have to wonder if the commercials won again.

Looks like commercials get to increase their take by increasing traps by getting a second license and getting another 300 traps. Some of this is written in shorthand and itís hard to tell what context its in. Maybe overall license count drops, it says trap count will somehow drop, but thatís not clear. Basically, it looks like commercials get to double up on licenses.

Thereís a mention of divers being able to carry spearguns while hunting lobsters, thatís good, I know hunters that will be glad to be able to take fish and bugs on the same dive.

Recommends against recreational fisherman using conical traps. That wonít be popular.

Seasonal limit of 70 for recreational. Donít like it.
-Do the commercials have a yearly limit? they catch twice what recreationals do. ďRecent lobster report card results suggest that the recreational take adds an additional 30 to 60 percent to the commercial catch.Ē from : www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/lobsterfmp/assessment.asp
-A limit of 70 seems redundant with making recreational fishermen use conical nets. Just limiting to 70 would keep them from having to re-buy nets, and would let them limit out in fewer trips, saving fuel and effort.
-Iíve rarely taken 70 in a season. The main reason is that my work schedule doesnít let me get on as many dive boats as Iíd like. If I had a normal job, Iíd be getting on a lot of dive boats and Iíd probably hit 70 most yearsÖ this would make me think twice about getting on lobster trips in the spring, most likely. Thatís bad for dive boats and dive clubs, and they donít need any more pain.

Make recreationals clip tails to make it harder to sell recreational caught lobster. Sure, why not. Hope it helps. Itíll probably only receive soft enforcement, people donít really understand how the lobster card works (you have to start a line before you start fishing), and apparently people donít understand when the season starts. So many probably wont do this. But if it helps a little, why not.

6 am start instead of midnight start. Donít like it. Staying up until midnight is fun.

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