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41st Annual Fisheries Forum - Thursday April 24 at the Capitol

Thursday’s Fisheries Forum to be webcast live at multiple online locations

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D – North Coast), chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, today announced the 41st Annual Fisheries Forum, scheduled for Thursday April 24 at the state Capitol, will be broadcast live via several sources.


Chesbro announces Legislature’s annual Fisheries Forum scheduled for April 24

41st Forum to focus on impacts of drought and other fisheries issues

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast), chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced today that the 41st Annual Fisheries Forum has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.


41st Annual Fisheries Forum
Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture
State Capitol, Room 447
April 24, 2013 Upon Adjournment of Session or 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I. Welcoming Remarks

  • Chairman Wesley Chesbro
  • Opening Statements by Members of the Joint Committee

II. Agency Remarks

  • John Laird – Secretary, Natural Resources Agency
  • Charlton Bonham – Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Maria Rea – Supervisor, Central Valley Office, National Marine Fisheries Service

III. Drought Responses for Fisheries Protection

  • Stafford Lehr – Chief, Fisheries Branch, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Maria Rea – Supervisor, Central Valley Office, National Marine Fisheries Service

IV. California Fisheries – Fishermen Initiatives, Infrastructure and Sustainable

  • Fisheries                                           
  • Kenny Belov – FISH Restaurant
  • Mike McCorkle – Southern California Trawlers Association
  • Chuck Cappotto – Fishermen's Marketing Association of Bodega Bay
  • Pete Halmay – San Diego Fishermen's Working Group


V. Committee Reports

  • Skyli McAfee – Ocean Science Trust
  • Randy Lovell - Aquaculture Development Committee, Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Vivian Helliwell – California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout
  • Rachelle Fisher – California Dungeness Crab Task Force
  • Mike Ricketts – California Salmon Stamp Committee
  • Tom Trumper – California Sea Urchin Commission (or Salmon Council)

VI. Salmon Fisheries

  • Dave Bitts – Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association
  • John McManus – Golden Gate Salmon Association
  • Brie Lindsey – Senate Office of Research


VII. Cooperative Fisheries Research

  • Dave Rudie – Catalina Offshore
  • Shad Catarius – San Diego Oceans Foundation
  • Dean Wendt – CSU COAST and the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences
  • Peter Nelson – Collaborative Fisheries Research West

VIII. Aquaculture Development and Initiatives

  • Michael Passmore – California Aquaculture Association
  • Warner Chabot – California Shellfish Initiative
  • John Finger – Hog Island Oyster

IX. Closing Comments by Committee Chair

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