Cable Recovery Operation Delayed
Mertech Marine Pty is currently preparing for commencement of subsea cable recovery operations in the vicinity of Morro Bay, California. Operations were scheduled to commence on October 12th 2019, and are now scheduled to commence October 24th 2019.
The cable recovery operation will be conducted from the shoreline to 1000 fathoms offshore. During recovery works all vessels involved will be restricted in their ability to maneuver. Mariners are requested to maintain a minimum safe distance of 1/2NM from the vessel and to transit the area with caution.
Specific details of the vessels involved, work area and related time frames can be found in the link below. The project area can be found on NOAA Chart No. 18700.
INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMITTEE
Incorporated on August 5, 1999, the Central California Joint Cable/Fisheries Liaison Committee (the "Committee" ) is a California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law.
The specific purpose of the Corporation is: "To facilitate inter-industry communication, coordination and cooperation between the Commercial Fishing Industry of Central California and Undersea Fiberoptic Telecommunications Companies operating in Central California."
The Committee was formed concurrently with the execution of the July 22, 1999 Interim Agreement Between Cable Companies and Fishermen (as amended the "Agreement"), for the purposes described in the Agreement. The Agreement identifies, establishes, and confirms certain mitigation measures and monitoring programs which are intended to facilitate environmental review of the Member Companies Cable Projects (the "Covered Cables") and reduce potential conflicts between the installation, continuation, and maintenance of the Cable Projects and Commercial Fishing activities.
The Committee has adopted Bylaws to implement all aspects of the Agreement and its jurisdiction relates to the area within one nautical mile on either side of the Covered Cables in the area from Point Arguello (34 Degrees 34 Feet, North Latitude) north to Point Piedras Blancas (35 Degrees 40 Feet, North Latitude) out to the one thousand fathom curve.
The Committee is governed by ten voting Directors: four Trawl Fishing Industry Representatives, four Cable Company Representatives, and two Association Representatives.
The Trawl Fishing Industry Directors serve a two year term, and are appointed annually by individuals that are: Signatories to the Agreement Between Cable Companies and Fishermen; and, Active Members of the Fishing Industry; and, Engaged in Bottom Trawl Fishing; and, Conducting business in San Luis Obispo County 30 days prior to the selection process.
Three Cable Industry Directors serve a two year term and are appointed one each by AT&T, Verizon, and PC/PAC Landing Corp. The fourth Cable Industry Director serves a one year term and is appointed alternatively by each cable company on an annual rotating basis.
The Association Directors are appointed one each by the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization and Port San Luis Commercial Fisherman's Association.
A Committee Liaison Officer is selected by the Board of Directors and serves as the liaison between the Committee, the local community and the Commercial Fishing Industry. The Committee Liaison Officer is the principal staff support for the Committee, undertakes any activities deemed necessary and appropriate by the Board of Directors, and maintains and operates an office.