Changes proposed for recreational crab and lobster gear marking

SMITH RIVER — Anglers, commercial fisherman, hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts will have to travel to the farthest corner of California to attend the latest Fish and Game Commission meeting.

Commissioners are set to meet June 21 and 22 up in the census-designated area of Smith River, which is tucked away in the northwestern-corner of California and the last stretch of coastal civilization this side of the California-Oregon border.

Fishing-related topics on the June 2017 agenda include receipt of a White Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, potential changes to crab and lobster recreational gear marking, discussion of whether to conform California’s recreational fishing regulations with federal policies, and updates on the state of the recreational abalone fishery.

Also on the agenda is an update on the commission’s Marine Resources Committee work plan and discussion on mariculture leases in Santa Barbara.

A public forum for fishing communities is also scheduled at the meeting venue to give interested parties the opportunity to ask questions and bring up concerns.

All meetings will be held at Howonquet Hall, 101 Indian Court, Smith River. The public forum is set for June 21 at 3 p.m.; the general commission meeting begins at 9 a.m. on June 21 and 22.

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