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Old 10-21-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
matt mattison
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Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone

Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone

Got this from Jack Likins

weather your a diver or just an abalone lover and enjoy eating please sign this petition

Fellow divers and anyone who would like to see a sustainable abalone fishery in California's future,

I have started the attached petition to demonstrate support for making Humboldt and Del Norte Counties a separate abalone management and fishing zone. The link below will take you to a site where you can read and sign the petition as a supporter. Please forward this email and the link to others who may be interested.


Thankx for your consideration,

Jack Likins

PS: For more information you may contact me at: jacklikins@hotmail.com.


Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone

We, the undersigned, are asking the Abalone Project Team, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Fish and Game Commission to consider separating Humboldt and Del Norte Counties as an autonomous fishing zone in the revised abalone Fisheries Management Plan.

This request is an improvement upon the current proposals under consideration because it accounts for ecological and biological differences of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties compared to Mendocino, Sonoma and Marine Counties. Humboldt and Del Norte counties comprise a very large area at the northern edge of the red abalone’s range, where they are found in much lower density/abundance than Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin Counties. The Marine Life Management Act requires the state to manage marine resources based on “the best available scientific information and other relevant information”, whether it comes from the Commission, Department or other entities (FGC § 7050(b)(6)). Failure to manage the Humboldt and Del Norte zone using data and thresholds specific to its ecological and biological attributes would not represent the best management practices set by the MLMA. Humboldt and Del Norte counties have data available from academic and citizen science entities in California which can be evaluated and used, along with other ecological data, to allow for sustainable management of abalone within this separate fishing zone.

For more information contact: Jack Likins at jacklikins@hotmail.com

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Old 10-26-2019, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Petition for a New Abalone Management Zone

..Can anyone elaborate on why this area should be separate from the other zones? Current scientific research shows 75 percent of the northern abalone population is gone. Starfish, natural feeders on urchins, have all died from shrinking disease... Millions of sea urchins, all the way up into Oregon, have decimated the kelp beds to the point of no return, thus, no food for the starving abalone remainders...Even the sea urchins are starving and going into hibernation mode, wherein; they can go for months without food...Not looking good with no viable way to remove the massive amounts of purple urchins, as they are too small for commercial use compared to red urchins and too big to allow the kelp beds to recover...
...It seems to me, that without an overall "Big Picture" management plan covering all areas, the north coast will soon have an extinct abalone population?
...A last ditch plan (probably not effective) is to pull the urchins, feed them in growout pens and market them once grown to commercial viable size..To me, it makes more sense to pull the abalone and save them first...

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