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 soon.
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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