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NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => Hunting Techniques => Abalone => Topic started by: MATT MATTISON on July 28, 2009, 12:21:56 PM

Title: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: MATT MATTISON on July 28, 2009, 12:21:56 PM
Here is a link to Sonoma county Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web page. These people have ben at the fore front of fighting and protecting divers rights, so please join and surport them. http://www.abalonenetwork.org/ (http://www.abalonenetwork.org/)
here is a little over veiw about them.

Over view of S.C.A.N

" The Sonoma County Abalone Network (SCAN) was formed in 1994 by George Lawry in response to persistent reports of abalone poaching from Sonoma County waters. These reports ranged from petty violations of fish and game regulations to full-scale commercial operations that have pilfered the public marine assets. SCAN's initial focus, out of necessity, has been on petty violators. New recreational harvesters often learn how to harvest abalone from someone more experienced. In addition to lore, they also learn about abalone harvesting regulations from these same sources. Unfortunately, this often results in inadequate understanding of the regulations and potentially of fish and game citations. Fines start at $1500 (for the first abalone) and escalate (by $250 per abalone) from there.

 SCAN's initial and ongoing focus has been to educate the diving public on how to interpret abalone regulations. This is done by maintaining a presence at popular dive sites and taking every opportunity to unobtrusively establish a dialog with the divers. This activity is an integral part of SCAN's Coast Patrol program.

 SCAN is also involved in a Court Watch program. In late 1995, details of a local court settlement involving a major abalone poaching ring became public. Under the deal approved by the presiding judge, the leaders of a poaching ring responsible for plundering the Sonoma County coast of more than 20 tons of abalone over a 1 year period would face maximum penalties of 6 months county jail and $40,000 fines. Considering the magnitude of the loss to the citizens of California and the county as well as the financial motivations of the perpetrators, it was clear that the local court system was unaware of the importance of this resource to a large segment of the community or the dire consequences of this type of activity on the marine environment. SCAN was instrumental in organizing the presence of more than 45 concerned citizens at the sentencing hearing of the defendants and by providing the judicial system with more than 130 letters from all over the world protesting the light sentencing. SCAN maintained a regular courtroom presence throughout the eight months of trials and hearings that followed the original sentencing hearing. In the end, three of the leaders received 2 to 3 year prison terms and $50,000 fines; even the most minor participant received a 2 month jail sentence and $10,000 fine. SCAN continues to maintain a courtroom presence on those occasions when an abalone case is scheduled to be heard.

 During the course of the 1995/96 courtroom testimony, SCAN learned that the most basic fishery-dependent data collection by the California Department of Fish and Game had been terminated for budget reasons. Because the data collection involved interviewing divers at the more popular dive sites, SCAN has been able to fill the gap by combining the data collection as part of its Coast Patrol activities. SCAN's participation in this activity for 1996 and 1997 involved in excess of 400 volunteer hours and approximately $1250 in materials and equipment.

 Finally, SCAN has occasionally cooperated with law enforcement officials on observations made at the coast.

 SCAN receives financial support through membership dues ($20 per year/$500 lifetime) from its base of 300+ members, donations by affiliated organizations and dive clubs, and contributions by individuals. Additional information or membership applications may be obtained by contacting SCAN at P.O. Box 3801, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. "
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: MATT MATTISON on April 29, 2010, 03:41:24 PM
please all go and check the site out. If possable join and become a member  :icon_thumleft:
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: ASteve on April 29, 2010, 03:49:34 PM
Hey Matt,

How funny, I was there at the SCAN website this morning, and I have filled out the form and sent my $20.00 in...

Let's go NCUWH...let's show some support...

SC

Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: maodiver on June 25, 2010, 10:30:37 AM
Is there a reason why their site hasn't been updated in a while?
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: MATT MATTISON on June 27, 2010, 03:11:31 PM
It is in the process of being updated right now.
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: chaeki on August 09, 2010, 08:09:16 PM
Site is updated now :)

and tidbits are being updated daily.

I hear the next newsletter will be coming out soon, and also a affiliates links is magically going to show up soon :P
Title: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: MATT MATTISON on August 24, 2010, 10:48:51 AM
hey all I wanted to urge you all to join the Sonoma County Abalone Network SCAN today and get invovled !!!! They along with Recerational Fishing Alliance our are biggest surportes and advoctes for us divers and fisher men and women. here is some info on SCAN and a link to the web site please join it is only 20 a year and 500 for a life time mebership. it will be money well invisted.

link to scan
http://www.abalonenetwork.org/home (http://www.abalonenetwork.org/home)

Purpose
Sonoma County Abalone Network is a non-profit public service Corporation (501-c-3), dedicated to the protection of the North Coastal Marine Environment and the wise management of the abalone resource. The main purpose is that of public education and raising awareness to the abalone resource and the damage that illegal activities (poaching) is causing.
SCAN is a volunteer partner with the Department of Fish & Game and assists the Department in roadside checkpoints and abalone "creel surveys."

During the prosecution of offenders, SCAN provides public support to the prosecution process.

SCAN is governed by a Board of Directors and welcomes members at large (see Membership).
 
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: livesinhumboldt on August 24, 2010, 11:24:40 AM
You sent a payment of $20.00 USD to Sonoma County Abalone Network.
This charge will appear on your credit card statement as payment to PAYPAL *SONOMACOUNT. ..... No prob. Matt. Anything I can do to help with "wise management of the abalone resource"   
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: MATT MATTISON on August 24, 2010, 12:38:17 PM
Thanks Brian.  who's next ?
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: chaeki on August 24, 2010, 12:47:11 PM
I really liked the speech that Milo gave at the event, it gave a beginner like myself much insight of the world you guys live in (also, now I am a part of), and the collaboration togetherness was unbelievable. 

Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: MATT MATTISON on August 24, 2010, 12:52:25 PM
That is right I would like to congradulate Chuck Becker on becoming the newest memebr to the SCAN Board of Directors. Look forward to working with you Chuck. here is the scan oficer list
OFFICERS

Milo Vukovich President
Vacant Vice President
Curtis Degler Secretary
Vacant Treasurer
George Lawry President-Emeritus

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
George Lawry
Milo Vukovich
Curtis Degler
Matt Mattison
Rand Floren
Mike Malone
Jim Martin
Chuck Becker - WWW Support
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: rangair94 on August 25, 2010, 02:57:35 PM
I'm a member.
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: MATT MATTISON on August 31, 2010, 12:12:09 PM
Come on abalone divers we need your surport and we need to get united ! Give you all an idea, Currently, we are up against those who want to shorten both our abalone in possession limit and our abalone seasonal limit.  No one is working harder to prevent that from happening than SCAN, in particular, Milo Vukovich and Jim Martin.  so help these guys help us and you  and join SCAN ! It will be the best 20 dollars you have ever spent.
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: oldmanfishing on August 31, 2010, 12:53:10 PM
just sent in my 20.00... shannon
Title: Re: Join Sonoma county abalone network SCAN today and get invovled !!!!
Post by: Pacific Freediver on August 31, 2010, 01:49:00 PM
Pacific Freediver just joined SCAN....
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: maodiver on March 10, 2011, 10:33:36 PM
I miss the old court docket report, with the names of the abalone evil doers.
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: MATT MATTISON on March 30, 2011, 09:40:04 AM
Hey all I wanted to post this write up that Jim Martin did for an update on what SCAn has ben up to this past year.



What's SCAN Been Doing Lately?

Answers

- Helped pass new legislation to close loopholes in abalone poaching laws.
- Worked with DFG to improve abalone regulations, so you don't have to fill out your punchcard on the water and can land your kayak on the beach before filling out the paperwork.
- Worked with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the management plan for the California Coastal National Monument, to preserve public access around all of the state's exposed rocks. BLM was considering a no-fishing "reserve buffer" zone around many of these rocks, but backed down after hearing from abalone divers.
- Testified in support of the new abalone tags. Even though these tags are not popular with divers, SCAN believes that they provide the wardens a much needed tool to deal with poachers. See our testimony at YouTube - DFG Commission part 3 - Report Cards- Successfully (so far) opposed the proposed commercial abalone fishery at San Miguel Island in southern California. Collected over 1000 signatures from the public, along with a support letter from U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa) who also happens to be a Life Member of SCAN.
- With the help of the Dolphin Dive Club in Sacramento, SCAN delivered a 30-minute presentation to the CA Fish & Game Commission in September 2009 about how the proposed "marine protected areas" (MPAs) would damage our fishery by causing so much effort shift that Fort Ross population densities would drop dramatically. We did not convince the Commission on that day, but we got our points on the record despite opposition to us speaking by President Richard Rogers, and the recent data from DFG's transect surveys are proving us right. We expect to change the boundaries in the future.
- Participated in the "Point Arena MLPA Reality Tour" organized by seaweed harvester John Lewallen to discuss the negative impacts to our coastal economy and sustainable fisheries from poorly-designed MPAs in the north-central region.
- Helped line up support from three north coast counties (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte) for a single MLPA proposal to avoid the interference from the Governor's hand-picked "Blue Ribbon Task Force." Demanded local representation on the BRTF and succeeded with the appointment of Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith.
- Attended MLPA Science Advisory Team meetings to question their methodology on abalone.
- Supported the fishermen's MPA alternatives in every region in the state.
- Met personally with members of the Fish & Game Commission to discuss our concerns about the MLPA process and the abalone fishery.
- Supported the pro-fishing lobbying efforts of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (R.F.A.) in Sacramento and Wahsington, DC.
- Member of the California Fisheries Coalition, a broad array of fishing associations allied to work together on the MLPA process in California.
- Joined "Fishermen Interested in Safe Hydrokinetics" (F.I.S.H.) to address our concerns about proposed "wave energy" projects on the ocean, and demand a comprehensive environmental review on the cumulative effect of such projects on the marine environment. Financially supported the FISH Committee's lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its loose permitting process for such projects.
- Financial support for a legal review of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents relative to the north coast MLPA process.
- Participated in the "Take a Stand" Concert (September 2009) at Albion to raise funds for the MLPA fight.
Title: Re: Link to Sonoma County Abalone Network "S.C.A.N" web site
Post by: Byers on March 30, 2011, 01:16:19 PM
Thanks for the update Matt, and I too am a member of SCAN and proud to be