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- M. George Lawry passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012, from
complications of bone marrow cancer with his family by his side in
was born Oct. 2, 1929, in San Francisco, Calif., and raised by his
mother, Aetna Pearce and later his aunt, Francis Girolo. He graduated
from Santa Rosa High School and attended both Sonoma State and UC
California Berkeley. He met the love of his life Charlotte (Char) in
1950, and the two enjoyed 60 years of marriage raising their four
children, Nancy, Scott, Steve and Sam.
served in the Korean War in 1951-1952 and was a member of the Mortar
Company 23rd Infantry Division. George has been described by many as a
“self made man”. Upon his return from Korea he and Char raised a family
while George pursued his education and architectural certification,
leading to a professional career spanning over 40 years. In 2006 George
and Char sold their northern California home of 60 years and moved to
Hamilton, where he remained active in all aspects of life up until his
was a prominent figure in Sonoma County architecture for more than 30
years. In 1972 George opened his own practice and 12 years later joined
two other architects, to form Lawry Coker DeSilva Architects. George
helped develop this practice that grew from six people in 1984 to 18 in
1993, when they joined forces with Tomasi Architects to form the
currently active firm TLCD Architecture, one of northern California’s
most prestigious firms. During his tenure George oversaw the new
construction and renovation of many regional elementary, high school and
junior college projects.
was active in the community and civic organizations. He was a founding
board member of the American Institute of Architects Redwood Empire
chapter, chartered in 1973 and representing architects from Sonoma
County to the Oregon Border. George was the president and a founding
member of the Sonoma County Abalone Network (S.C.A.N.) founded to
promote wise use of abalone resources and prevent poaching along the
Sonoma County coastline. George was a board member of the Sonoma County
Museum and a tireless worker in helping to raise money for an expanded
facility. He continued this museum work in Montana as the chair of the
Ravalli County Museum Facilities Committee, helping to bring the Ravalli
County Museum up to current code in its historic 1900 Federal-style
former courthouse building.
had a great conservation ethic. His love for the outdoors was second
only to his family. Whether a fly rod in hand on a mountain stream or
sitting in a duck blind on a chilly morning, George was always one to
admire the beauty of nature and the fish and wildlife found there. At 82
years of age, George made a final trip to Alaska’s Kodiak Island, where
he marveled at the sight of brown bears, killer whales and of course
enjoyed the oceans delight of halibut and crab. George often volunteered
on a variety of habitat projects at the Teller Wildlife Refuge in
Montana ranging from assisting youth with building waterfowl nesting
box’s to planting riparian shrubs for wildlife. In 2009, as a volunteer
George completed a property assessment report for all of the building
structures at the Teller Wildlife Refuge.
his later years, he enjoyed riding his Harley, gardening, woodworking
and attending auctions where he occasionally out-bid an opponent for
some item he just had to have. George was a loving grandfather who
always took the time to pass on life’s lessons to young minds, making
the world a better place. He will be missed by the many lives he has
touched and those of us who knew him are better people because of him!
We love you Dad! Give Mom and Sis a big hug from us!
is preceded in death by mother Aetna Pearce; aunt Francis Girolo;
sister Lois Watson; wife Charlotte Lawry and daughter Nancy Lawry. He is
survived by his three sons, Scott (Debbie) and Steve Lawry (Mary) of
Ventura, Calif., and Sam (Gwen) of Hamilton and nine grandchildren and
Condolences may be sent to Sam Lawry, 149 Denali St. Hamilton, MT 59840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
celebration of George’s life will be announced later and will take
place in Santa Rosa, Calif. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent in
George’s name to the Ravalli County Museum, at 205 Bedford St.,
Hamilton, MT 59840. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach
For more than two years, SCAN has been concerned about DFG
biologists calling for severe reductions in our abalone fishery. The SCAN board
of directors has been in regular communication with the biologists about their
concerns, and our concerns about the methodology of DFG's surveys.
The DFG does random surveys on transects of selected index
sites. The problem is that the index sites are all of the most heavily used,
public access diving sites like Van Damme, Caspar, Fort Ross, etc. Also, the
number of transects that are surveyed does not provide enough of a sample to
provide meaningful data for management decisions.
DFG biologists point to abalone population densities showing
a decline, according to their surveys. They have been particularly concerned
about the Fort Ross site, which continues to be the leading site for landings
in the abalone fishery. The public access at Fort Ross is popular because it is
close to the Bay Area, and offers sheltered diving opportunities when the
weather is bad.
Most local divers agree that Fort Ross is heavily used, but
that in no way is an indication of the overall health of the coast-wide abalone
fishery. SCAN expressed its concern about the survey methodology and the DFG
held off on taking action in 2010, but came back this year with a suite of
proposals, some of which were aimed at a 25% reduction in landings.
Other proposals included a new rule requiring divers to use
separate containers for holding their abalone while diving in the water. This
would help wardens enforce the rules against "dry-sacking" – one
diver getting abalone for another diver. SCAN supported this rule and helped
craft the wording of the regulation.
As these discussions were developing, there was a huge red
tide event centered at Fort Ross. Thousands of abalone and other invertebrates
washed up dead along the beaches of Sonoma County on August 27th of
this year. Biologists scrambled to learn about the cause and extent of the
die-off. DFG personnel took water samples, tissue samples from dead abalone,
and re-surveyed the area to determine the extent of the die off.
In September, the Fish and Game Commission approved an
emergency closure of all of Sonoma County for 180 days (technically starting on
Oct. 7th, when the emergency rule was approved by the Office of
Administrative Law). SCAN did not oppose an emergency closure but cautioned the
Commission to confine the closure to the affected area. SCAN thinks the
Commission went a little overboard by closing all of Sonoma's coast, because
the die-off was limited to Salt Point, Fort Ross and Timber Cove.
DFG Biologist Ian Tanaguchi, who leads the department's
abalone team, reported to the Commission that 30% of the abalone at Fort Ross
had died off during the red tide. They were still uncertain about the cause.
While it looks like a "hypoxic" event – lack of oxygen caused by the
plankton and algal bloom of the red tide, the areas in shallow water seemed
unharmed while deeper locations (with more oxygen) were more severely affected.
This seemed inconsistent with a hypoxic event. Giving his report to the
Commission in September, Tanaguchi did not report on the actual population
densities the survey transects showed, but in October the DFG reported that the
abalone population actually increased since last year at Fort Ross! This
underlines SCAN's concern about the DFG's survey methodology. We don't know if
the population is rising, falling or holding steady.
Since the DFG's surveys showed that the overall abalone
population densities have not dropped to a level that would require reductions
in the total allowable catch, even after a massive die-off at Fort Ross, SCAN
argued that the proposed reduction of the annual bag limit, from 24 per year to
12 per year, was unwarranted. The Commissioners agreed. SCAN supported a
2-month closure at Fort Ross to relieve the pressure at this heavy-use site,
which will close April and May.
SCAN remains concerned about the DFG's survey methodology and
supports a rapid move toward the Long Term Management Plan called for in the
Abalone Recovery and Management Plan (ARMP). We would like to work with DFG to
help with to develop the long-term management plan. SCAN supports using some of
the abalone punch-card funds to support "Rapid Response Teams" of
recreational divers to provide additional data and cover areas that DFG can't
reach because of the need to hit the water on short notice when the weather is
good and the ocean is calm. This would provide more transects in areas not
presently covered and raise the confidence level in the surveys of our abalone
RFA CALLS FOR A NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF SAFEWAY SUPERMARKET CHAIN
Campaign To Educate Corporate Giant On Anti-Fishing "Greenwashing"
Recreational fishermen are being urged to Stay Away From Safeway!
According to a recent press release from Safeway, the corporate grocery
giant is openly endorsing California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
initiative under which large areas of state waters are being closed -
possibly forever - to public fishing access. The Recreational Fishing
Alliance's (RFA) California chapters are asking anglers on every coast
to help send the message to Safeway that we have a right to fish!
"Apparently Safeway has gotten some bad advice from the people in the
ocean protection racket, a community to which the California-based
mega-corporation is now donating profits," said Jim Martin, West Coast
Regional Director of the RFA. "Safeway says it is supporting groups
that make a difference like the Food Marketing Institute's Sustainable
Seafood Working Group, the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
and the World Wildlife Fund's Aquaculture Dialogues, but it's little
more than corporate greenwashing."
In official statement, Safeway said "An important part of being a
responsible seafood business is to not only limit the impacts of where
we are fishing, but to set aside areas where we are not. Marine
Protected Areas (MPA's) are important to ensure the biodiversity and
productivity of our oceans. In California, Safeway is a proponent of the
Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPA), which balances the use
and conservation of living marine resources through a statewide network
Martin said groups under the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions
umbrella includes Ocean Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council,
and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, are all organizations that have been
most dedicated to closing our fishing access to the oceans, bays and
estuaries of California through the MLPA Initiative. RFA believes
strongly that once these groups have achieved their goals in California,
they will be working overtime in every other coastal state to create a
network of no-take zones that bar "injury," "harm" and "harassment" of
fish stocks in large areas of the nation's marine waters.
"Safeway would apparently rather have the public buy farm-raised fish
and seafood caught by foreign countries outside of U.S. waters,
countries with less stringent controls on fishing effort than we enjoy
in California, instead of being able to catch a few fish for the table
our families as recreational or subsistence fishermen," Martin said.
"California anglers have been outraged to learn that the money they
spend at a Safeway grocery store might end up in the hands of extremist,
anti-fishing groups like the NRDC and the Ocean Conservancy."
Martin and other West Coast RFA activists have been busily pushing back
on the blanket marine reserve efforts now being conducted by Safeway's
beneficiaries, arguing that this is not about whether science-based area
closures should or should not be a part of the nation's fishery
management system, but rather a large corporation throwing its support
behind ex-Governor Schwarzenegger's highly-charged MLPA Initiative.
"The MLPA proponents keep telling business leaders and media outlets
that MPA's work and that they successfully rebuild fisheries, but the
science doesn't actually support that," Martin said. "These marine
protected areas have to be distinguished from science-based area
closures, restrictions along spawning grounds for example, but the MLPA
Initiative didn't take any of those concerns into consideration. Even
the hand-picked and privately-funded advisory team for the MLPA agreed
that fishery management controls were the deciding factor in fisheries
sustainability," he added.
Martin added that much of the scientific discussion regarding the MLPA
Initiative was lost in the debate and rhetoric, perhaps by design. "The
MLPA Initiative is currently under judicial review in two court cases,
on issues ranging from allegations of an illegal arrest of a participant
in public meetings, to secret meetings in violation of California's
open meeting law, the Bagley-Keene Act," Martin said, explaining how
California's anglers are most angry about the how the MLPA Initiative
has gone through by way of privately-funded "public" stakeholder
meetings resulting in the promulgation of regulations that affect
"It's not just about fishing, but many human activities have been banned
under the MLPA Initiative in California, like kayaking, sailing and
other non-fishing activities," Martin said. "As fishermen we're angry
about being labeled the problem when big corporations like Safeway and
Hewlett-Packard refuse to join us in calling for less water diversions
to agribusiness and less heavy metals from the semiconductor industry in
San Francisco Bay," Martin added, calling recreational fishermen "the
original conservationists" as evidenced by their frequent calls for
stronger fishery management and habitat conservation.
"The nation's anglers need to understand what has happened in California
under the guise of marine life protection through this MLPA Initiative,
and we need to stand up together to get this message out to corporate
entities starting with Safeway who are financially supporting our demise
in the recreational fishing industry," said RFA Executive Director Jim
Donofrio. "Proponents of the no-take zones including NRDC, Pew
Charitable Trusts, Ocean Conservancy and Oceana have been making
extraordinary claims for marine protected areas, but the analysis shows
that these claims are mostly bogus."
Donofrio said RFA plans to send a letter to Steven A. Burd, the Chairman
of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Safeway,
officially informing the supermarket giant of RFA's intention to support
a nationwide boycott of the chain. "It is our hope that Mr. Burd will
stop and recognize that our rights to open access of a public resource
are being taken away by preservationist smoke and mirror rhetoric, and
that by financially supporting the anti-fishing groups Safeway is
actually supporting these attacks on our recreational fishing
RFA is urging all its members, recreational anglers, divers and anyone
who cares about sustainable fisheries to "Stay Away From Safeway" until
the company reverses its position on the MLPA Initiative and ceases
funding towards radical anti-fishing advocates like NRDC and the Ocean
"If you want sustainable fisheries, you need both fish and fishermen;
you can't have one without the other and use the word fishery," Donofrio
said, adding that cultural heritage and traditions are being greatly
risked by the MLPA Initiative. He also pointed out that no-take zones
have proven costly to coastal communities. "The California Department
of Fish & Game estimates an annual cost of $35 to $40 million for
its part in managing these zones, while a recent socioeconomic analysis
shows that these arbitrary no-access zones will subtract millions of
dollars from coastal economies and fishing communities through lost
access to the public, lost revenues to small, local commercial and
recreational fishing businesses, and the tax-base of coastal counties of
"These aren't short-term losses, they are as permanent as the marine
reserves themselves. Safeway is really impacting their future bottom
line by supporting the MLPA initiative, as their coastal customer base
is already reeling financially by the lost access," Donofrio added.
"If Safeway is betting that the saltwater anglers of America will
continue shopping at their stores while they arbitrarily cut off our
public access to our public resources they are greatly mistaken," said
Martin. "In California, we already know how this ends up, and it's time
to educate anglers about corporations like Safeway that steal our
fishing heritage through their support of an anti-fisherman agenda."
Martin added that California's Indian tribes and tribal communities
retain long-held, federally-recognized harvest rights to California's
ocean waters, and that the RFA-CA remains a strong supporter of tribal
"We also see the non-commercial, subsistence harvest of marine resources
by the general public as a basic human right, established under the
public trust doctrine, and we plan on letting Safeway know what their
beneficiaries in the environmental community think of our basic human
rights as Americans," Martin added.
To download a letter to sign and send to Safeway expressing your support for the Stay Away From Safeway campaign, go to www.joinrfa.org/Press/SafewayLETTER.pdf
You can email Safeway directly at email@example.com
About Recreational Fishing Alliance
The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political
action organization representing recreational fishermen and the
recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA
Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine,
boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability
of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call
888-JOIN-RFA or visit www.joinrfa.org
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Hey all I wanted to announce I am allready starting work on this years 3rd annual 2011 Norcal Underwater Hunters and SCAN Big abalone Comp and Cook Off. Not much has changed as you will see below. There will be a web page up in a few months to register just wanted to put the FYI out. All so dont forget about the killer Raffle after the comp !
Norcal Underwater Hunters Big Ab Comp & Cook Off
Sonoma County Abalone Network Fundraiser
Saturday August 20Th 7:00am to 3:30pm
Ocean Cove CA.
This event is open to free divers only.
Current California Department of Fishing Game laws apply.
Donation Fee's are $30 if preregistered and $40 day of event. To receive a free shirt you must preregister. The pre registration for the free shirt will end on 7-1-11 after that you will have to purchase your shirt at the event.All Divers are required to fill out and turn in a waiver form and show current CA. fishing license and current 2011 abalone tags at sign in.
All Divers are required to register with at least one dive buddy
The check in and measuring for the abalone for the event will be held at the Ocean Cove Campground 23125 Coast Highway One.
Diving can be done anywhere along the California Coast, All divers must return to Check out area by 2:00 pm, No exceptions.
Free diving Divisions Awards (plaques) will consist of:
1st, 2ND, 3rd for biggest Ab
Top Female biggest Ab
Top junior biggest Ab
Most Beach garbage picked up
Ab cook off.
Etiquette and safety:
The Ocean cove Big Ab comp promotes safe buddy diving and friendly competition.
All divers should be in contact with their dive buddy/ies while in the water.
Signed Waiver form.
2011 California Ocean Fishing License and Abalone punch card and tags.
Any California Department of Fishing Game Violations.
Arriving at the check in area after 2:00 pm sharp.
For more info: call 707-478-1504
***THIS EVENT IS WEATHER PERMITTING, WHICH WILL BE DETERMINED ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
***ALL EVENT PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO S.C.A.N (Sonoma County Abalone Network)
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Calif. Sea Otter Legal Agreement ‘Big Win’ for Multiple Threatened Species
Government Won’t Abandon Sea Otters, Agrees to Conduct New Study
Sacramento, Calif. – The California Sea Urchin Commission today announced that a legal agreement has been reached surrounding the future protection of the state’s threatened sea otter population.
The settlement agreement, approved last week by the U.S. District Court for Northern California, requires that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reexamine its efforts to protect threatened California sea otters. Specifically, the Court approved settlement requires the Service to comply with all pertinent laws – including the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – and to conduct a new environmental impact study to scientifically assess all possible implication of future actions to protect the sea otter population.
“This agreement is a big win for the future protection of California marine life, especially the endangered black and white abalone populations,” declared Harry Liquornik, chairman of the California Sea Urchin Commission and a Santa Barbara sea urchin diver. “This brings an end to the ill-conceived lawsuit aimed at terminating the sea otter recovery program without even so much as updating the old 2005 draft environmental study, which was based on outdated information.”
The terms of the settlement recognize the critical importance of marine resource management which uses a broader ecosystem-wide scale rather than a species-by-species approach. This all-inclusive method recognizes that without a functional ecosystem, all species are at risk, not just a single target species.
The lawsuit, from which the agreement stems, was filed by the Otter Project and the Environmental Defense Center in 2009. The California Sea Urchin Commission, along with the California Abalone Association, the Sonoma County Abalone Network, and individual sea urchin divers Peter Halmay and Liquornik intervened in order to push for ecosystem protections for sea otters.
“We had to intervene because the lawsuit sought to compel the government to ignore the ecosystem effects of dropping their protection program and to overlook the most pressing threat to sea otter well-being, that being water pollution,” added Halmay of San Diego. “Instead of dealing with meaningful, yet difficult, water quality problems the lawsuit wanted simplicity – allow sea otters to go find places to survive on their own.”
Plaintiffs initially sought to force a termination of the government’s 1987 plan as soon as possible and without further ecosystem analysis and apparently without allowing the Fish & Wildlife Service to comply with the federal ESA. The 1987 plan established a sea otter management zone to protect southern California's shellfish fisheries and sought to establish a new sea otter population at San Nicolas Island. However, the plaintiffs ultimately agreed with the Sea Urchin Commission and its partners on practically all points – that updating the 2005 study was appropriate; all elements of a final decision should in fact depend on a new analysis; the Service should consider impacts to other protected marine species; and it should also consider the negative impact that poor water quality is having on sea otters.
The 1987 plan established a second colony of sea otters at San Nicolas Island as insurance to protect sea otters from oil spills, allowing for improvements to habitat and conditions for the primary sea otter population along the central California coast. In addition, the plan included measures to protect shellfish in California that are critical parts of the ecosystem, and also an important element of many coastal communities and a shrinking seafood industry throughout the State.
“The ESA requires that projects intended to protect a listed species such as otters should also avoid harming other listed species,” continued Liquornik. “In this case, two endangered native abalone species are a primary prey of the threatened sea otters and the abalone depend on a coastal range that will likely be occupied by the otters if the management program is ultimately terminated. A devastating event was avoided by the court’s ruling,” said Liquornik.
“So what did the plaintiffs get for their lawsuit efforts? They got taxpayers to reimburse them $55,000 in legal fees for an agreement which they could have received with a written request and first-class stamp,” concluded Halmay.
About the California Sea Urchin Commission The California Sea Urchin Commission is a public governmental agency created under the laws of the State of California. Its purpose is to ensure a sustainable sea urchin resource in the ocean and a reliable supply of quality seafood product for domestic consumption and for export. The Commission seeks to support strong local coastal communities, fair levels of income for the thousands of persons engaged in sea urchin commercial fishing enterprises, and historically significant cultural and community resources within California’s coastal areas. The Department of Food and Agriculture has general authority to oversee the operations of the Commission. The Commission also coordinates with California Department of Fish & Game. Visit the Commission at www.calurchin.org.
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I met with the Chief of Law Enforcement, for the Game
Wardens, and the Deputy Director of Fish and Game today. Among the issues were
the 8 AM start time and the 2 months off the season at Ft Ross. I am pleased to
inform you that neither of these proposed regulations will be moving forward
for this coming 2011 season. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, the
Marine Resources Sub Committee of the Fish and Game Commission, asked their
consultant to prepare language so the Commission could adopt these regulations
for 2011. It will not be possible to get any new regulations in for the 2011
season, as the Commission has cancelled it’s November meeting.
After our discussion about the problems associated with the
8AM start time, and it’s questionable ability to solve the problem it is trying
to address, I don’t believe the 8 AM issue will be moving forward any time
I offered a different solution to the intertidal problem,
that will not effect our start times, and we will work with DFG on that.
Ft Ross will continue to be a problem as the harvest level
there is to high. We will work on a solution for 2012 which will probably be a
shortened season. Until then I encourage everyone to dive at other spots, when
possible, and to use Ft Ross more as a place to go during rough water conditions.
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Sonoma County Abalone Network (SCAN) is pleased to inform you that because of the public outcry, that you helped us create, the proposal has been tabled – for the time being.
After the DFG spent a lot of money doing surveys of the abalone populations at San Miguel, they decided, what we already knew, that the resource cannot sustain a fishery, and needs more time to recover. We need to remain vigilant, as the Commercial interests have no intention of stopping their efforts. This episode shows how important divers can be when key decisions are made, if we can speak with one voice.
If you dive for, or care about, abalone in California, you should know that the legal fishery is under severe pressure from poachers who illegally commercialize abalone for profit. SCAN was founded to combat this problem, and has been working for 16 years to reduce this threat to the sport we enjoy.
SCAN is the ONLY organization in the state dedicated to the interests of the abalone resource and divers, we were forced to broaden the scope of our mission to protect divers rights to access a healthy sustainable fishery. Simply put, we've had to fight for the very existence of our fishery, even though the resource is extremely healthy.
It will not be possible to turn around the tide of misinformation and bad management decisions -- unless we have several thousand abalone divers ready to back up SCAN's leadership. There are nearly 40,000 abalone divers in the state and we provide $800,000 per year to DFG, for abalone management, and we still do not receive an adequate fishery analysis.
Organization is essential in effecting management decisions. Without it we simply don’t stand a chance. We have had a number of successes working with almost no support. Imagine what we could do with your support, your friends and thousands of divers who want nothing more than a sustainable and healthy abalone fishery! SCAN dues are only $20 a year and you can’t get more representation for $20, as our Board Members are all unpaid volunteers.
Click on join SCAN from the main homepage to protect the resource and promote a healthy sustainable fishery.