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Proposed Departmental Rulemaking: Scientific Collecting Permits

Second 15 Day Continuation Notice to California Notice Register 2017, No. Z-2017-0314-06 Re: Scientific Collecting Permits (Sections 650 and 703, Title 14, CCR)

September 18, 2017

In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, this is a Second 15 day continuation notice of proposed regulatory action relative to additional amendments to sections 650 and 703, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR), relating to the proposed Scientific Collecting Permit regulations, which were published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on March 24, 2017, No. 12-Z: OAL Notice File No. Z-2017-0314-06, and was re-noticed August 14, 2017 (as outlined below).

This 15-day comment period allows for public comments only on the additional amendments, as indicated by bolded double strikeout and bolded double underline, to the Amended ISOR package (noticed August 14, 2017), not on the aspects of the package that were already noticed during the initial 45-day period, or the first 15-day continuation period. The comments and respective responses from the 45-day period, and comments with responses from the two 15-day continuation periods, will be published with the Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR), around the time the Department would adopt the revised regulations, and before the planned effective date of January 1, 2018.

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments on the changes to the Original Proposed Package to the Department. All written comments must be received by the Department via mail, or e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, to the contact as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regulations Unit - Scientific Collecting Permits
Attn: Ona Alminas, Environmental Scientist
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1342-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-9167
Email: SCPermits@wildlife.ca.gov

Please direct all questions on the substance of the proposed changes to the amended Package to the contact person listed above.

The proposed revisions to the rulemaking file consist of the following documents:

Form Type Form Name Form Number
1. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Inland Fisheries) (PDF) DFW 1379GF – NEW
2. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Marine) (PDF) DFW 1379GM – NEW
3. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Terrestrial Wildlife) (PDF) DFW 1379GW – NEW
4. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Inland Fisheries) (PDF) DFW 1379GFA – NEW
5. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Marine) (PDF) DFW 1379GMA – NEW
6. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Terrestrial Wildlife) (PDF) DFW 1379GWA – NEW
7. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, Specific Use – Application (PDF) DFW 1379S – NEW
8. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, Specific Use – Amendment (PDF) DFW 1379SA – NEW
9. Form link opens in new windowScientific Collecting – Mandatory Wildlife Report (PDF) DFW 1379a – NEW

The files for the First Continuation Notice (August 2017), as well as the Original Proposed Package (March 2017) can be found below.



15 Day Continuation Notice to California Notice Register 2017, No. Z-2017-0314-06 Re: Scientific Collecting Permits (Sections 650 and 703, Title 14, CCR)

August 14, 2017

In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, this is a 15 day continuation notice of proposed regulatory action relative to additional amendments to sections 650 and 703, Title 14, California Code of Regulations (CCR), relating to the proposed Scientific Collecting Permit regulations, which were published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on March 24, 2017, No. 12-Z: OAL Notice File No. Z-2017-0314-06.

This 15-day comment period allows for public comments only on the additional amendments, as indicated by bolded double strikeout and bolded double underline to the Original Proposed Package, not on the aspects of the package that were already noticed during the initial 45-day period. The comments and respective responses from the 45-day period, and comments with responses from the 15-day period, will be published with the Final Statement of Reasons (FSOR), around the time the Department would adopt the revised regulations, and before the planned effective date of January 1, 2018.

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments on the changes to the Original Proposed Package to the Department. All written comments must be received by the Department via mail, or e-mail, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017, to the contact as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regulations Unit - Scientific Collecting Permits
Attn: Ona Alminas, Environmental Scientist
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1342-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-9167
Email: SCPermits@wildlife.ca.gov

Please direct all questions on the substance of the proposed changes to the Original Proposed Package to the contact person listed above.

The proposed revisions to the rulemaking file consist of the following documents:

Form Type Form Name Form Number
1. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Inland Fisheries) (PDF) DFW 1379GF – NEW
2. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Marine) (PDF) DFW 1379GM – NEW
3. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Application (Terrestrial Wildlife) (PDF) DFW 1379GW – NEW
4. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Inland Fisheries) (PDF) DFW 1379GFA – NEW
5. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Marine) (PDF) DFW 1379GMA – NEW
6. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, General Use – Amendment (Terrestrial Wildlife) (PDF) DFW 1379GWA – NEW
7. Application link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, Specific Use – Application (PDF) DFW 1379S – NEW
8. Amendment link opens in new windowScientific Collecting Permit, Specific Use – Amendment (PDF) DFW 1379SA – NEW
9. Form link opens in new windowScientific Collecting – Mandatory Wildlife Report (PDF) DFW 1379a – NEW
10. Form link opens in new windowScientific Collecting – Notification of Field Work or Activity (PDF) DFW 1379b – NEW
11. Form link opens in new windowTransfer of Possession – Chain of Custody (PDF) DFW 1379c – NEW
12. Form link opens in new windowScientific Collecting – Standard Conditions for all Permits (PDF) DFW 1379d – NEW

The files for the Original Proposed Package can be found below.



Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Scientific Collecting Permits (Sections 650 and 703, Title 14, CCR)

March 24, 2017

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) proposes to adopt regulations regarding Scientific Collecting Permits (SCP) in sections 650 and 703, Title 14, California Code of Regulations.

The Department proposes to strike and replace the existing SCP regulations in Section 650 to achieve five goals for improving SCP administration and operation.  The proposed regulations would make SCP implementation consistent with 2012 statutory changes, overhaul the permitting structure for implementation in an online application system, provide a revised fee schedule that mirrors the revised permit structure towards improved cost recovery, incorporate by reference the updated SCP application, renewal and amendment forms, and clarify administrative procedures as requested by the regulated community to improve the Department’s review and issuance of SCPs.

The proposed regulations and accompanying forms seek to provide a cohesive, organized permitting framework with adequate funding and staffing, improved clarity to definitions and procedures, with the goal of improving the level of service for applicants and Permitholders.

In accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department provided notice of the proposed regulatory action to the Office of Administrative Law for publication in the California Regulatory Notice Register on March 24, 2017.

The public notice period begins a 45-day review process during which interested individuals may comment on the proposed rulemaking. Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments on the proposed action to the Department.  All written comments must be received by the Department via mail, or email, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 8, 2017, to the contact as follows:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regulations Unit - Scientific Collecting Permits
Attn: Ona Alminas, Environmental Scientist
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1342-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-9167
Email: SCPermits@wildlife.ca.gov

The Department will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Natural Resources Building, Resources Auditorium, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, California. The Resources Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. At the public hearing, any person may present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed action described in the Notice (Informative Digest).*

The current rulemaking file for this proposal consists of the following documents:

*Persons with disabilities needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the public meetings or other CDFW activities are invited to contact the Accessibility Coordinator at (916) 651-1214. Reasonable accommodation requests for facility and/or meeting accessibility should be received at least 21 days prior to the event. Requests for American Sign Language interpreters should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event, and requests for Real-Time Captioning should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event. These timeframes are to help insure that the requested accommodation is met. If a request for an accommodation has been submitted but due to circumstances, is no longer needed, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator immediately.