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Monterey Harbor Update
 April 2014

In This Issue
2014 Salmon Season
Berth Waiting List
Dredge Update
Safe Boating Classes
Sanctuary Representatives
Veterans Fishing Derby
Pet Waste
California Fish and Wildlife
Commercial fishing restrictions for California king salmon not expected despite severe drought

The celebrated king salmon of the West Coast won't be as abundant as last year, but ocean fishermen can still expect to reel them in by the score despite a third year of drought and potentially dire conditions in California rivers, fisheries biologists said WednesdayThe National Marine Fisheries Service predicted Wednesday that 634,650 fall-run chinook salmon from the Sacramento river system would be out in the ocean this year, a good sign for local commercial and recreational fishermen and women whose livelihoods aren't likely to be threatened by major restrictions. "The abundance forecast is pretty large," said Michael O'Farrell, a fisheries service biologist, during a presentation at a California Department of Fish and Wildlife meeting in Santa Rosa packed with at least 150 fishermen, biologists, educators and government administrators. Restrictions unlikely The numbers are so good, he said, that the Pacific Fisheries Management Council is unlikely to order any significant restrictions on fishing when the group makes regulatory recommendations in March. The forecast is significantly lower than the fish count last year, which topped out at 862,525, but O'Farrell and others said there can be a lot of leeway between the forecast and the numbers that actually show up. The annual predictions, which are made this time of year in preparation for the spring and summer fishing season, are important because they are used to set fishing limits. Salmon fishing is a lucrative business - not just for fishermen but also for tackle shops, harbors, marine-equipment manufacturers and restaurants all along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. Chinook or king salmon were once incredibly abundant in the ocean and rivers along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, but dams, irrigation and pollution depleted the resource.


Spawning ground

The fish that spawn in the Sacramento River and its tributaries make up 90 percent of the salmon caught in California and 60 percent harvested in Oregon. The big fish pass through San Francisco Bay and roam the Pacific Ocean as far away as Alaska before returning three years later to spawn where they were born in the Sacramento River and its tributaries. Most of the other salmon come from the Klamath River.

The Sacramento population hit rock bottom in 2008 and 2009, when so few salmon came back to spawn that commercial fishing had to be banned off the coasts of California and Oregon. The three years starting in 2007 stands as the worst period for the fish in the watershed since records were first compiled in the 1970s, biologists said. Things have been ratcheting up since then, according to state and federal biologists. Last year, 404,666 adult salmon spawned in the Sacramento River and its tributaries, the most since 2003. That's compared with the best year, 2002, when 769,868 fish spawned in Central Valley rivers. The number of spawning chinook is typically lower than the number in the ocean because the fish have already run the gauntlet of predation and commercial fishing before they get to the river. The fishing has been good recently despite the lack of rain. "The commercial harvest was terrific," said Harry Morse, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "There were boats out of San Francisco that had 100 fish days. That's a good day on the water." Biologists won't know until later in the year whether drought conditions are having an effect on egg laying. If spawning goes badly this year, it won't be apparent until three years later, when the grown-up adult salmon return to the river. "These fish will be contributing to the fishery three years from now," O'Farrell said. "There is some lag time."



New Marina Berth Licensee's 

Assigned from the Waiting List:


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Swartz, Michael @C38 (1/13/13)

Mulchaey, John @F31 (2/1/13)

Holcomb, John @C30 (1/30/13)

Meyer, Bruce @ F18 (2/1/13)

Kasper, Charles @C25 (3/1/13)

Price, Clifton @E17 (2/5/13)

Pregenza, Patrick @F18 (4/1/13)

Powell, Marshall @A20  (4/16/13)  

Evenson, Bud @D02  (4/24/13)

Deering, Robert @C25 (5/27/13)

Jackson, Steve @ H31 (6/5/13)

Hobson, Garth @B13 (6/17/13)

Jacques, Stanley @F36 (8/3/13)

Wiegand, Nels @G25 (8/18/13)

Barnard, Christopher @B50(8/25/13)

Holley, David @A81  (8/25/13)

Stemwedel, Timothy (11/1/13)

McAfee, Timothy @D56  (1/11/14)

Jones, Bill @ E18 (3/15/14) 


** In addition 23 vessels were sold and berth licenses transferred to new owners**


Total new slips owners is 42

Dredge Operations Complete Phase 3
Dredge Mor-Ray
We have completed phase 3 of our dredging permit. Our post dredge survey is completed and the dredge pipes capped off under the marina. We would like to thank all our boaters for working with us in each of our dredge phases. The condominiums down the beach have enjoyed a restored beach area mitigating the effects of the beach erosion. Thank you once again for helping us help you, Brian Nelson 
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary MBNMS  

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is your voice to the Sanctuary Management Staff. 


If you have questions or input please contact your local representative



Mr. Kirk Schmidt (831) 761-8644 kschmidt@ccwqp.org 

Ms. Kristina Beal (805) 466-2288 kris@vineyardteam.org 


Business and Industry 

Ms. Jessica Grigsby (831) 479-1121 jessica@kayakconnection.com 

Ms. Krista Hammond (831) 332-7188 krista@santacruzseaglass.com 


Commercial Fishing

Ms. Kathy Fosmark (831) 373-5238 kfosmark@aol.com 

Captain Jim Moser (831) 246-1408 tradewind39@gmail.com


Community Representatives  (At Large Representatives) 

Mr. James Panetta jimmy.panetta@gmail.com 

Mr. Dan Haifley (831) 465-9390 dhaifley@oneillseaodyssey.org 

Ms. Cynthia Mathews (831) 423-8977 mathews@cruzio.com 

Ms. Kortney Opshaug leabourne@sbcglobal.net 

Ms. Margaret Webb (805) 927-2987 pjwebb@inreach.com 

Mr. Gary Hoffmann gqhwd@yahoo.com 



Dr. Geoffrey Shester, Ph.D. (831) 643-9266 gshester@oceana.org 



Capt. Philip Sammet (831) 915-6600 captdeep@redshift.com 

Capt. Brian Nelson (408) 483-8721 brian@pcscuba.com 



Dr. Simona Bartl, Ph.D. (831) 771-4431 sbartl@mlml.calstate.edu 

Ms. Amity Sandage (831) 466-5711 asandage@santacruz.k12.ca.us 


Recreation (Water Sports)

Mr. Gary Pezzi (831) 440-5200 sta2bd@aol.com 

Mr. Barton Selby (650) 245-1974 bartongselby@gmail.com 


Recreational Fishing

Mr. Richard Hughett (831) 757-5709 rlh@redshift.com 

Mr. Robert Chatham (831) 747-4274 chathamintl@msn.com 



Dr. James Lindholm, Ph.D. (831) 582-4662 jlindholm@csumb.edu   
Dr. John Hunt, Ph.D. (831) 566-0044  jwhunt@ucdavis.edu 



Mr. Michael Bekker (831) 649-2603 mbekker@canneryrow.com 

Mr. Robert Massaro (831) 649-6544 




Moss Landing Harbar

Ms. Linda McIntyre - Alternate - (831) 633-5417 



Pillar Point Harbor

Mr. Peter Grenell - Alternate -

(650) 583-4400 harbordistrict@smharbor.com


Monterey Harbor

Mr. Steve Scheiblauer - Primary -

831) 646-3950  scheibla@monterey.org 


Santa Cruz Harbor

Ms. Lisa Ekers - Alternate -

(831) 475-6161 lekers@santacruzharbor.org  


There are additional non-voting and supporting members of the Advisory Council. Go to Advisory Council Complete listing and Information 


Monterey Veterans Fishing Derby
Over 300 participants and 33 boats in Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco, will compete in the 27th Annual Salmon Derby on Saturday, April 26. Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes.

"This is a stress-free day," says Jeanie O'Brien, medically discharged from the Army after injuries in Afghanistan landed her in a wheelchair. "When I was recovering in the hospital, I felt like I couldn't do anything. My therapist hooked me up with the Monterey Bay Vets organization. I tried the Salmon and Rock Cod Derbys. They showed me there are lots of things I can still do. I connect with other Vets at these events that have been in my boots. This is a program I can utilize anytime, 365 days of the year. For those of us in wheelchairs, it gives us a whole other level of freedom".
"We'll do our best to find boats for every disabled person that wants to participate. That's what we've done for 27 years," says John Whitacre, Executive Director.

Warm Regards,

Capt Brian Nelson
City of Monterey - Office of the Harbormaster

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Please pick up your pet waste from the docks, fingers, and wharf areas. Washing or using a hose to remove the waste into the harbor waters is prohibited. Thank you 
Clean Marinas Just Don't Happen
We are entering our third year of the diver clean up program in Monterey Marina. We continue to find the greatest amount of trash along docks, walkways, and wharves. The great news is the overall amounts seem to be decreasing. Public awareness, more trash receptacles, recycling, less plastic, and the diver clean up efforts have made a difference. The dredge operations have also brought up cable, carpets, tires, cell phones, and other items that contribute to pollution. Thank you to all the boaters and public that help keep our harbor clean
Cal Fish and Wildlife
Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) required the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to redesign its system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to increase its coherence and effectiveness at protecting the state's marine life, habitats, and ecosystems. For the purposes of MPA planning, a public-private partnership commonly referred to as the MLPA Initiative was established, and the state was split into five distinct regions (four coastal and the San Francisco Bay) each of which had its own MPA planning process. All four coastal regions have completed these individual planning processes. As a result the coastal portion of California's MPA network is now in effect statewide. Options for a planning process in the fifth and final region, the San Francisco Bay, have been developed for consideration at a future date.

There are different marine managed areas classifications used in California's MPA network. This includes three MPA designations (State Marine Reserve, State Marine Conservation Area, State Marine Park), a marine recreational management area (State Marine Recreational Management Area), and special closures:



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