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Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« on: August 31, 2009, 09:29:37 PM »
Just recived this email from Jim Martin of Recerational Fishing Alliance and thought I would share.

Time for a change.

Please forward! - Mike Sutton's confirmation as Fish & Game
Commissioner is coming up for a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee
this Friday, Sept. 4th. Letters on associations' letterhead can be
faxed to them for more impact. The RFA opposes this appointment. Our
letter is below.

Contact the Senate Rules Committee and urge a "NO" vote on Sutton's
confirmation as Fish & Game Commissioner:

Phone:  (916) 651-4151

Fax: (916) 455-0596


-Jim



Monday, August 31, 2009

Senator Darrell Steinberg, Chair
Senate Rules Committee
State Capitol, Room 400
Sacramento CA 95814
Phone:  (916) 651-4151
Fax: (916) 455-0596

RE: CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR MICHAEL SUTTON AS FISH AND GAME COMMISSIOER – OPPOSE.

Dear Senator Steinberg,

The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) is a national 501(c)(4) non-profit grassroots political action organization whose mission is to safeguard the rights of salt water anglers, protect marine, boat, and tackle industry jobs, and insure the long-term sustainability of our nation’s marine fisheries.

On behalf of the RFA, I urge you to reject the confirmation of Michael Sutton as Fish & Game Commissioner.

Mr. Sutton has made himself unavailable to anglers and divers, yet he meets regularly with representatives of environmental organizations; he has even stated that he sees these well-funded, out-of-state organizations as his "constituency" rather than the people of California.

Mr. Sutton has shown complete disregard to the recreational fishing community, and seems unaware that we provide more than $60 million in funding for the Department of Fish and Game through our license fees alone.

As a long-time employee of the Packard Foundation, he has a serious conflict of interest in the Marine Life Protection Act process. The Packard Foundation has provided much of the funding for the MLPA stakeholder process, which is one thing, but to have one of its employees casting a vote on the outcome has caused a complete loss of trust among the fishing communities of California.

It's ironic that the MLPA regulations for the north-central coast will actually damage sustainable fisheries such as abalone diving, and hand-harvest of nutritional seaweed, rather than providing needed conservation benefits.  Mr. Sutton simply would not meet with or listen to representatives of the abalone divers to learn more about the data and how the regulations would threaten sustainable fisheries.

Prior to his appointment to the Fish & Game Commission, Mr. Sutton testified as an advocate for specific MPA proposals that call into question his objectivity on the issues.

As a current board member of the political action committee, "Ocean Champions," Mr. Sutton is actively engaged in electioneering and corrupts the stature of the Commission as an independent decision-making body.

Environmental justice is a very important issue to us. When members of the Pomo band at Stewarts Point begged Mr. Sutton to make small adjustments to the MLPA regulations in the north-central region, he refused and broke a cultural link to nature that lasted for hundreds of years for that community. He has voted for regulations that disproportionately affect the low-income sectors of society that can least afford it.

Above all, Mr. Sutton has an agenda for privatizing public trust resources through Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs) and corporate ownership of commercial fishing operations. He supports private funding for traditional fishery management that will inevitably remove the public even further from decisions affecting people's quality of life, our marine resources and the economic-wellbeing of coastal communities.

The people of California deserve Commissioners who are open-minded and listen to all sides before making a decision. Mr. Sutton has given every impression that he is a lobbyist for a single advocacy group, and not even representative of the entire "environmental community." Recreational anglers in particular feel their public testimony is a waste of time at Fish and Game Commission hearings. This sentiment undermines our ability to engage the public in important regulatory decisions because people know "the game is rigged."


    Sincerely,


Jim Martin   
West Coast Regional Director
The Recreational Fishing Alliance

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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 09:55:10 PM »
A WELL written letter from Jim!

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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 12:20:24 PM »
Guys and gals please call and exprees your thoughts and opinons, I did it only takes 30 seconds to a min. They are keeping track of how many calls and letters. so please call and tell them what you think.


"Time for a change.

Please forward! - Mike Sutton's confirmation as Fish & Game
Commissioner is coming up for a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee
this Friday, Sept. 4th. Letters on associations' letterhead can be
faxed to them for more impact. The RFA opposes this appointment. Our
letter is below.

Contact the Senate Rules Committee and urge a "NO" vote on Sutton's
confirmation as Fish & Game Commissioner:

Phone:  (916) 651-4151

Fax: (916) 445-0596"
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 12:58:06 PM »
Called my no vote in took 20 sec.
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 02:46:24 PM »
I urge all of you divers to please call in and say a no vote.
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 02:46:58 PM »
did jim martin sit on another board or group? SCAN maybe? that name seems so familiar i think ive met him before.. and yes, that was an incredibly well written letter... after work ill call.
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009, 02:49:30 PM »
As far as I know Jim martin is the west coast reginal rep for Recerational fishing Alliance and also I belive he is on the board/committe of S.C.A.N.
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 03:07:41 PM »
Just called and "URGED" a NO vote. Have they asked anyone else if their calling for themselves or for a group ?
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Re: Time for a change ! Dump the F&G Commissioner from Packard!
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 03:12:46 PM »
they asked me the same thing and I told them I am calling on my be half and on behalf of Nor Cal Underwater Hunters, but still eveyone do like Nike says and JUST DO IT
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