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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 7B m h arl no b Question: I need to get the I[.. straight answer regarding filleting game fish while on a boat. In the ocean/bay waters, do I need to keep stripers and leopard sharks intact until I get home or can I keep the fillets in one piece with a one CALIFORNIA inch or more square of skin OUTDOORS left on each fillet? Also, are the rules different CARmE W LSON for inland waters regarding California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife the filleting of fish? CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov --Howard A. following: any species with a Answer: You can find an size limit unless a fillet size is outline of which species may otherwise specified in these be filleted at sea while on a regulations. boat and which may not under California halibut may be section 27.65(b) and (c) on fineted or brought ashore as pages 33-34 in the Ocean Sport fillets south of Point Arena Fishing Regulations booklet. (Mendocino County). Since Only those listed as allowed the regulations specify to be filleted can be filleted, minimum lengths for stripers Striped bass and leopard (18 inches total) and leopard sharks are not on this list and sharks (36 inches total), but so may not be filleted at sea. no fillet lengths, neither Section 27.65(c): Fish That species can be filleted while May Not be Filleted, Steaked on a boat or brought ashore as or Chunked: No person shall fillets, steaks or chunks. fillet, steak or cut into chunks on any boat or bring ashore Hunting with a .22 caliber as fillets, steaks or chunks the rim_fire in a lead-free zone? Question: I was wondering if you could still hunt with lead .22 caliber rimfire in a lead-free zone. I've been looking for lead free .22 caliber rimffre rounds and its very slim pickins out there. --Cory S. Answer: Although the availability of non-lead ammunition may be improving with time, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recognizes it can still be hard to find some calibers. It will take additional planning to participate in hunts where non4ead ammunition is required. We encourage hunters who intend'to participate in these hunts to plan well ahead to be sure they have legal ammunition. There are a number of lead-free .22 rimfire rounds that are manufactured, and stores in the California condor range may be most likely to have them in stock. We recommend searching fill ted while on the Internet and calling ahead to local retailers. Remember that .22 rimfire is only legal to use when, hunting small game and non-game animals. Current law does not require use of non-lead ammunition when taking rabbits or tree squirrels, unless you are hunting on CDFW lands, but non-lead ammunition will be required statewide for all' hunting beginning July 1, 2019. About the Marine Life Protection Act web map Question: I read a journal article recently about California's Marine Protected Areas but cannot locate a website showing exactly where the MPAs are. Do you have anything posted online where I can go or something you can send me? ]amie Answer: Printed MPA guidebooks are available via some of the same vendors that sell fishing licenses so that you can easily obtain them (see dfg.ca.gov/marine/ mpa/guidelocations.asp). If you have problems f'mding a guidebook, please contact your local CDFW office and ask them to send you one. If you like the utility of Google Maps, you might appreciate MarineBIOS (see map.dfg.ca.gov/marine/) a map that you can use to zoom in close on marine protected areas to get a fLx on the boundaries. MarineBIOS lets you choose your "base map." You can use satellite imagery, street maps or other base maps, whatever makes the most sense for your situation. (Click on the green base maps button in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to access these options). If you have a smartphone or other mobile device with GPS capability, you can use the map on MPAmobile (dfg.ca.gov/m/ MPA/) to show you where you are in relation to any MPAs, and you can look up information on individual MPAs. All this information and more is available online at dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa. On this web page, in the Popular Resources box to the right, you'll find the top four big blue buttons lead you to these resources, so these should help you learn where California's marine protected areas are. A new Marine Management News blog post also describes resources you can use to learn about MPAs (see cdfwmarine.wordpress.com/2 015/06/02/mpa-maps/). If all else fails, you can email your MPA questions to AskMPA@wildlife.ca.gov and we will be glad to assist you. Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department ofFish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone's questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Contact her at CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov. are II The Plumas County Fire one spark to ignite a wildfire. Safe Council would like The Council's regularly residents and visitors to scheduled monthly meeting is Plumas County to be mindful held Thursday, Oct. 8, from 9 of the high fire risk to 11 a.m., at the Plumas throughout the region and to County Planning and Building make all possible efforts to Services office, loc tted at 555 avoid starting a wildfire. Main Street in Quincy. Despite recent rain showers, At the October meeting the regional weather forecasts Council will be providing are predicting warm and dry updates on its ongoing fuels weather for the foreseeable reduction projects occurring future with moderate throughout the County. There afternoon winds; this patternl will also be discussions paired with the dry fuels in the regarding the work that the forests creates a potentially Council is doing with volatile combination, communities that are working Much more precipitation towards becoming recognized will be required to end the as Firewise by the National local fire season. Fire Protection Association. The Council recommends The stated mission of the extreme caution while Council is: "To reduce the hunting, gathering firewood, loss of natural and manmade camping, shooting, or just resources caused by wildfire driving back roads in local through Firewise Community forests this fall to help ensure programs and pre-fire activities." that no new human-caused For information on Council wildfires occur during the activities, defensible space remainder of the fire season, and activity the state Remember that it only ...... ", iS f151fifii sfi 6 saTfe :bf . ..... Cal Fire relea The Valley Fire that began burning Sept. 12 is now officially the third most destructive fire in California history. Governor Brown has said that these kinds of fires are the new reality for the future. Cal Fire Local 2881 last week released a review of wildland fires and how it Prepares and responds based on the results of a symposium to discuss wildfire issues, attended by firefighting professionals from around the country, in Sacramento in 2014. The observations and recommendations of that symposium highlight that California's landscape has fundamentally and profoundly changed and that the state is not prepared. The report concludes that the ability to respond to the unprecedented risk of ses report growth, poor land use decisions, environmental change, budgetary constraints and politics. Notable among Cal Fire's observations are: -Wildland firefighting is easily decades behind urban strategies for fire suppression and response. This risk has not received the attention it demands, particularly with regard to research and education. -The expression "fire season" is an antiquated term that refers to annual discrete periods where patterns of temperature, precipitation and humidity facilitate conditions for wildfires; modern trends indicate that the nomenclature be changed to "fire year." - The term "wildfire" has similarly become a misnomer. Fire is rarely ata troPhie fires has beenr : i o!ated to wildland areas; rapid ............ fires now impact highways, fighting wildfires houses, businesses and other urban environments, collectively referred to as a "wildland urban interface" fire. The conclusions of the Cal Fire report indicate an obvious need for a change in how California deals with wildland urban interface fires in California and the U.S: - A change in the frequency, intensity and distribution of wildfires has, and will continue to occur throughout California. It is imperative the state acknowledges this change and identifies ways to avoid, minimize and mitigate the risk and impacts. - There is a need to create a comprehensive wildfire/ wildland urban interface research, education and training program that meets the diverse needs of urban and wildland fire agencies with an emphasis on providing new tools, technologies and operational strategies to meet the evolving risks and demands. - The state must create a blue ribbon commission on wildland/urban interface fires similar to the work done in 1973 on urban fires and firefighting (America Burning), that resulted in a significant reduction in the risks of fires in cities, businesses and homes. - The state needs to address the extreme dangers to firefighters that can result from wildland/urban fires and develop a long-term firefighter health study that addresses key factors associated with exposure and injuries and better understand tl/e short- and long-term consequences. 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