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request to the President
26 Feb 2009

 

A meeting was called to order. A request to the board to send a letter to our new US President Obama was heard. This topic was old news, as it had been mentioned in previous discussions by the board. This was second & passed apron the approval, by the board, of the final draft of such letter.

 Board discussed follow up actions from Congressman Farr meeting. Christy showed letter to Sam Farr's office sent 2 weeks ago with no response. John also commented on USCG reports done in 06 regarding driftnet activity. To be continued.

Motion to adjourn was second & accepted.

Re: Congressman Farr's 2008 Wrap Up 

 

  Hi and thank you for the letter of Jan 22, 2009. We appreciate the meeting with Congressman Farr in his Salinas office regarding Ocean Friends Against Driftnets (OFAD), and are looking forward to many wonderful accomplishments in the next few years.
 
As I recall, at our meeting, Congressman Farr or one of his assistants (Alec?) was going to advise us of the names of other Congressional representatives who may be currently opposed to legislation such as passing the Law of the Sea. We were hoping we could possibly be instrumental in taking steps toward protecting ocean life from the devastation caused by driftnets, both locally and internationally. At least we may be able to lay some groundwork, by writing letters to those representatives that are less informed of this issue, and by updating the hundreds of fishermen who have written us, many of whom have contributed to this work.
 
John and Bud Harder and I have been working to finish our website, and John is looking into getting a boat so he can go back out to sea in a few months. His goals are to patrol for driftnetters, and fish in order to get a feel for how the stocks are this year. He hasn't been out in a couple of years, and misses it.
 
Please keep us informed if there is anything we can be doing in order to help keep the ball rolling, and/or to bring attention to this current and vital issue.
 
Thank you--
 
Christy Herring
Ocean Friends Against Driftnets
OFAD 
 
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       Japan sited  50 driftnet vessels in October and November suspected to be from China. Japan notified the

Chinese government requesting action. Canada sighted 27 HSDN-rigged vessels over the course of the

summer, of which 12 were observed with nets in the water ranging from 2.5km to 11km. Most of the

Canadian sightings bore neither flags nor names. Taiwan (not a NPAFC member) reported extensive patrols

in the Convention Area and expressed commitment to prohibit vessels and nationals from HSDN fishing.

Taiwan sighted the driftnet vessel MERIYANA (no flag), on 23 August and also sighted four other driftnet

vessels on 16 October, including two Chinese vessels DON YUAN No. 62062 and DON YUAN YU No.

66021. Russia patrolled extensively with no HSDN-related activity detected. All parties committed to a

similar level of enforcement effort in 2007 to include a possible surface patrol vessel from Korea.

boarding of the F/V TAI PING YANG 1 was the only at-sea boarding conducted in 2006.  

Japan sighted 50 driftnet vessels in October and November suspected to be from China. Japan notified the

Chinese government requesting action. Canada sighted 27 HSDN-rigged vessels over the course of the

summer, of which 12 were observed with nets in the water ranging from 2.5km to 11km. Most of the

Canadian sightings bore neither flags nor names. Taiwan (not a NPAFC member) reported extensive patrols

in the Convention Area and expressed commitment to prohibit vessels and nationals from HSDN fishing.

Taiwan sighted the driftnet vessel MERIYANA (no flag), on 23 August and also sighted four other driftnet

vessels on 16 October, including two Chinese vessels DON YUAN No. 62062 and DON YUAN YU No.

66021. Russia patrolled extensively with no HSDN-related activity detected. All parties committed to a

similar level of enforcement effort in 2007 to include a possible surface patrol vessel from Korea.

boarding of the F/V TAI PING YANG 1 was the only at-sea boarding conducted in 2006.

 
 

Japan sighted 50 driftnet vessels in October and November suspected to be from China. Japan notified the

Chinese government requesting action. Canada sighted 27 HSDN-rigged vessels over the course of the

summer, of which 12 were observed with nets in the water ranging from 2.5km to 11km. Most of the

Canadian sightings bore neither flags nor names. Taiwan (not a NPAFC member) reported extensive patrols

in the Convention Area and expressed commitment to prohibit vessels and nationals from HSDN fishing.

Taiwan sighted the driftnet vessel MERIYANA (no flag), on 23 August and also sighted four other driftnet

vessels on 16 October, including two Chinese vessels DON YUAN No. 62062 and DON YUAN YU No.

66021. Russia patrolled extensively with no HSDN-related activity detected. All parties committed to a

similar level of enforcement effort in 2007 to include a possible surface patrol vessel from Korea.

boarding of the F/V TAI PING YANG 1 was the only at-sea boarding conducted in 2006.

 

 

 
 

John Harder