State Fish and Game Commission to meet in SLO

dsneed@thetribunenews.comJuly 31, 2013 

The state Fish and Game Commission will meet Aug. 7 in San Luis Obispo.

The five-person panel meets monthly in various locations in the state and sets policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Aug. 7 meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Road.

The agenda contains a variety of items as well as a public comment period scheduled for the end of the meeting at which the public can address the commission about items not on the agenda.

Four hearing items are on the agenda. Included are updated regulations governing waterfowl hunting and the harvesting of herring. Herring are small ocean fish prized mostly for their eggs.

The commission will also hold hearings on whether two bird species should be added to the state’s endangered species list. Neither of the bird species is found in San Luis Obispo County.

One is the black-backed woodpecker which is found in the Sierra Nevada and the forests of northeast California. Staff is recommending that the species not be listed.

The other is the northern spotted owl, an old-growth forest species that is found throughout much of Northern California and along the coastline only as far south as Marin County. Staff is recommending that the species should be further studied for listing.

More information about the meeting as well as a link to view the meeting via the internet can be found at www.fgc.ca.gov.

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