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Monterey Harbor UPDATE

 August 2016

In This Issue
Department of Heath Warning
Harbor Municipal Codes - Revisions
Wharf II Construction
Sports Fest - Sept 24 and 25
DMV Registration Reminder
Slip Wait List Assignments
California Department of Public Health
CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Rock Crabs, Bivalve Shellfish Caught Along the Central Coast 


Number: 16-053 
Date: 8/19/2016
Contact: Ali Bay - (916) 440-7259 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers not to eat rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay, due to the detection of dangerous levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin.

The warning is effective for crabs and bivalve shellfish caught in state waters south of Latitude 37.11.N. (near Pigeon Point) and north of Latitude 36.35. N (near Cypress Point in Monterey County).

Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory (a condition known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning), coma or death. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event.

This advisory covers consumption of recreationally or commercially caught rock crab or recreationally caught mussels, clams, and the internal organs (viscera) of scallops caught in the specified area. Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in some of these species and are also likely to be present in the other species mentioned above. Domoic acid accumulation in seafood is a natural occurrence that is related to a 'bloom' of a particular single-celled plant. The conditions that support the growth of this plant are impossible to predict.

Analysis of rock crabs recently caught in Half Moon Bay found domoic acid levels in the viscera at more than ten times the action level, which is set at 30 ppm. While portions of Half Moon Bay, north of Pigeon Point, remain under a fishery closure, the spike in these levels in conjunction with an increase of the levels of domoic acid found in rock crabs and bivalves to the south in Monterey Bay, raise concern for crabs and bivalves taken from this entire geographic region.

This warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers to sell these products. Shellfish sold by certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins.

CDPH will continue to coordinate its efforts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the fishing community to collect rock crab samples from the central and northern California coast until the domoic acid levels have dissipated.

To receive updated information about shellfish poisoning and quarantines, call CDPH's toll-free Shellfish Information Line at (800) 553-4133. For additional information, visit CDPH's  Natural Marine Toxins: PSP and Domoic Acid Web page and CDPH's  Domoic Acid health information Web page.


Harbor Municipals Codes - Revision Status
On July 13, 2016 a letter was sent from the harbor office to the Monterey boaters and businesses covering updates and revisions to the Harbor Municipals Codes. There have been two minor revisions revisited since that letter was sent: (1) C reate more controls but also a permit system for diving within the Harbor. (2) Create limits to the number of large semi-trucks that can be on Wharf ll at a given time to two per fish concession.

The revised Marina and Harbors Municipal Codes will be presented to the City Council at  4:00 PM September 6 . As always if you have questions please contact Steve Scheiblauer at 831-646-3951 or [email protected]

Link for the revised ordinances.
Wharf 2 Construction 
You may have noticed that the Harbor maintenance staff is working on the wood parking section of Wharf II. Jim Nunes, Jerry Carvahlo, Ron Moore, and James Story will be removing, inspecting and replacing timbers for the next 6 to 8 months. We are asking boaters and users of Wharf 2 to please be very careful around the work areas as the replacement pro gram continues. We are trying to minimize the disruption by doing small sections at a time. We are finding that many sections have held up better than expected for as many years as it has been in place. Even so many of the supporting timbers are being replaced in order to assure another long usefulness period of this section. Again please be careful when transiting this construction area. Thank you the Harbor Staff
Sports Fest 2016 - Del Monte Beach
The Monterey Beach SportsFest on September 24-25th is a two-day festival celebrating the ocean lifestyle on Monterey's Del Monte Beach, nestled between downtown Monterey and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Participants and spectators will be inspired to care for the ocean as they directly connect to it through the athletic events in and adjacent to the sea, and through interaction with the  educational and conservation resources available at our two-day "Healthy People, Healthy Oceans" Expo.

*** This will be a busy parking weekend at the base of Wharf II. Please keep this in mind when planning to visit the Wharf 2 area on September 24-25. ****
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DMV Boat Registrations
December of 2015 all boat CF registrations expired. Renewed and new registrations will expire again in two years on December 31, 2017. If you have not done so please make sure your new 2017 DMV registration stickers are on your boat and copies of the renewal from DMV are sent to the Harbor Office. Thank you

Sea Otters Are Not Always Friendly 

The Harbor office has had two reports of Otters hauled out on the docks that have behaved aggressively to boaters when walking past them. Please give them a wide berth and if you feel uncomfortable passing them please give the Harbor Office or Harbor Patrol a call and we will assist you. They have sharp teeth and tremendous jaw strength for their size. Thank you for your help on this important concern. 
Wait List Assignments

2016 "so far" Slip Assignments:
Wahle, Charles @E19 (1/1/16), Robinson, Charles @E31 (1/26/16), Douglas, Charles @B08 (2/29/16), Wright, Ed @H27 (3/16/16), Selvig, Brenden @E14 (4/1/16), Weber, Meredith @ E26 (4/1/16), Grasser, Cory @F22 (4/1/16), Howard, John @H28 (4/1/16), Curtis, Micah @ E25 (5/6/16),  Chastain, Wm @H09 (7/1/16), Quaresma @F10 (8/14/16, and Dodge, Michael @H17 (8/29/16) 

2015 Slip Assignments

Alvarez, Luis @C39 (1/1/15) ,  Jones, Morris @H29  (1/19/15), Heinrich, Rodney @A53 (2/1/15), Leisinger, Rick @H15 (2/16/15), Montes, Jose @ B18 (2/20/15), Wirtz, James @B13 (2/22/15), Pankonin, Robert @B35 (3/22/15) , Light, Chris @C08 (3/28/2015), Wiese, Pamela @C21 (4/1/15) , Salmon, William @E11 (4/1/15) , Gray, Gary @A43 (4/1/15), Fuge, Paul @H30 (4/1/15), Kitchin, Bruce @E28 (4/1/15), Krenik, Larry @E14 (4/1/15), Foss, Doug @E29 (4/16/15), Hoolihan, Michael @H28 (5/1/15), Russell, Gary @F30 (5/7/15) , Guerra, Gary  @E25 (7/12/15), Melville, Tom  @A52  (9/20/15), Le Duc, Tom @B46 (9/25/15) , Crouch, Paul @D23 (10/8/15), Robinson, Alan @F15 (12/17/15),  and Addleman, David @A07 (12/18/15)
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