Fisheries Information Network (FIN)
supporting the South Coast Study Region MLPA Initiative
FISHERIES INFORMATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED
The California Fisheries Coalition (CFC) (www.cafisheriescoalition.org), in partnership with Ecotrust (www.ecotrust.org), created the Fisheries Information Network (FIN) to provide an alternative way for fishermen and fishing groups to contribute to the MLPA Initiative process and interact with fishing representatives on the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG). The FIN will be managed independently by CFC with help from Ecotrust and our partners in the fishing community.
A key component of the FIN is the Fisheries Information Committee (FIC).
The CFC and Ecotrust conducted outreach to solicit potential FIC participants, working with recreational and commercial fishing representatives from diverse fishing communities in Southern California to identify and recruit members, targeting geographies, fisheries, gear types and/or user groups not represented on the RSG. The nomination period closed October 31, and we are pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals to the FIC:
Louie Zimm, president San Diego Yacht Club Anglers
Alex Masumoto, owner The Rusty Hook
Michael Hansen, president Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Mark Wisch, Pacific Edge Inc., weekly private boater fish report, author of fishing books
Joe Exline, secretary, Oceanside Anglers Club
Kevin Cooper, San Diego Council of Divers
Joe Villareal, owner CPFV, squid lightboat, H&L groundfish cooperative research
Jason Diamond, CPFV (Santa Barbara and northern coast)
Mike Thompson, co-owner Newport Landing and Davey's Locker Sportfishing
Paul Romanowski, Los Angeles Fathomiers
Gary Burke, trawler, extensive experience in many south coast fisheries
Rick Gutierrez, crab (northern area - SB, coast)
John Law, crab, lobster, deeper nearshore rockfish, fish receiver (Mission Bay & southern area)
Chris Hoeflinger, spot prawn, extensive experience in many fisheries (Ventura-LA, Channel islands)
Rich Ashley, live bait, recreational fisheries (Long Beach, Catalina)
Neil Guglielmo, wetfish complex (Pt. Hueneme, northern CI)
Rodger Healy, lobster, nearshore, rock crab (Dana Point area)
John Guth, president, CLTFA, lobster, nearshore, multiple fisheries (San Diego, southern CI)
Steve Escobar, lobster, crab, spot prawn (SB – Newport) representing Newport Dory Fleet
The CFC and Ecotrust thank everyone who responded to the call for nominations to the FIC. Interested fishermen may attend FIN/FIC meetings and relay their comments and concerns to the Committee and fishing RSG members, who are also invited to attend. FIC meetings will be timed a few weeks after each RSG meeting. Meeting dates will be posted on the FIN web-based communications portal that will be up and running shortly. Watch for an announcement soon.
Background: Southern California is home to numerous and diverse fisheries. In addition, many fishermen have formed clubs, organizations and partnerships focused on their specific fishery, user group or gear type of interest. Given the diversity and large number of fishing interests on the South Coast, the fishing community believes that the MLPA Initiative process would benefit from additional information from and participation by fishermen. The California Fisheries Coalition (CFC) (www.cafisheriescoalition.org), in partnership with Ecotrust (www.ecotrust.org), created the Fisheries Information Network (FIN) in response to comments and concerns from south coast fishermen.
Project Goals: The overall outcomes of this project are two-fold: (1) to enhance the engagement of the fishing community in the RSG process; and (2) to provide for additional discussion around existing fisheries uses and values information, enhance this knowledge base through the contribution of FIN and FIC participants, use this information to inform socioeconomic issues as they arise, and share this expanded knowledge and recommendations with the RSG process for the South Coast MLPAI.
The FIN/FIC will provide the fishing community with the necessary tools and support needed to stay engaged throughout the MLPAI process. The interaction and discourse between the RSG members and the fishing community will help ensure that the broader fishing community has an accurate and clear understanding of the MLPAI process, as well as the expectations associated with the goals and objectives set by the RSG and the guidance provided by the Science Advisory Team (SAT) when attempting to design a marine protected area (MPA) network for the South Coast Study Region. This project will give the fishing community and FIC the opportunity to learn about and use the decision-support tools that have been developed and used to inform the design and evaluation of MPA network proposals. The fishing community and FIC will then be able to speak to, make informed decisions about, provide critical feedback on, and arm their stakeholder representatives with the pertinent information they need to best represent all fishing interests in southern California.
In order to facilitate continued dialogue outside the FIC meetings, we will work with the FIC to establish an electronic group communication site for the members of the FIC, fishing representatives on the RSG and, by request, members of the larger fishing community.
FIC meetings will be scheduled shortly after RSG meetings for the duration of the South Coast MLPA process, with actual dates determined by FIC members, providing an opportunity for the FIC and interested fishing constituencies to review and comment on RSG assignments and issues of concern. In order to facilitate open and critical dialogue between various fishing interests as well as between FIC and RSG members, a facilitator known and trusted by the fishing community, Eugenia Laychak, EJL & Associates, will assist in coordination and planning for the FIC and provide objective oversight for FIC meetings.
Contact Information: For more information on the Fisheries Information Network, please contact one of the following individuals: