Article 3. Exclusive Leases of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 6. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 3.
The commission may lease to any person the exclusive
privilege to harvest kelp in any designated kelp bed, or part
thereof, if the commission determines that the lease is in the public
interest. The commission shall describe the kelp beds of the state
and adopt regulations for the leasing of the beds.
Persons wishing to lease the exclusive privilege to harvest
kelp shall submit a written application to the commission. An
application shall include all of the following, and any other
information the commission may prescribe:
(a) The number of the kelp bed or beds to be leased.
(b) The designated number of square miles in each bed.
A deposit of not less than forty dollars ($40) for each
square mile, or fraction thereof, of the total area of the kelp bed
or beds which are designated in the application shall be submitted
with the application. The deposit shall be refunded to the person
making the application unless a lease is executed.
(a) If the commission finds that the kelp beds included in
the application are available for lease and that the lease would be
in the public interest, the commission shall publish a notice that
the area is being considered for leasing.
(b) The commission shall have legal notices published in a
newspaper of general circulation in each county where the kelp bed,
or any part thereof, is located, describing the area to be leased and
the type of operation to be conducted. Except as provided in this
subdivision, the publication shall be made pursuant to Section 6066
of the Government Code.
(c) If the commission receives more than one application for the
lease of a kelp bed or beds, it shall advertise for bids on the area
being considered for leasing. The commission shall award the lease of
that area to the highest qualified bidder.
The initial term of a lease for the exclusive privilege of
harvesting kelp shall not exceed 20 years. No lessee shall have an
exclusive lease, excluding subleases, to an area in excess of 25
square miles or 50 percent of the total area of the kelp resource as
shown on the maps of the resource prepared by the commission,
whichever is greater.
(a) Each kelp bed lease entered into or renewed, on and after
January 1, 1985, shall specify a period prior to expiration when
renewal of the lease may be requested by the lessee. If the
commission determines that the lessee has complied with the terms of
the lease, the lessee shall have a prior right to renew the lease on
terms agreed upon between the commission and the lessee.
(b) If terms for a renewal of the lease are not agreed upon, or
the commission determines that the lessee has not complied with the
terms of the lease, the commission shall advertise for bids on the
individual kelp beds comprising the lease.
(c) If a request for renewal is not made during the specified
period by the lessee, the commission shall advertise for bids on the
individual kelp beds comprising the lease.
(d) The duration of the term of any renewal of a lease shall not
exceed 20 years.
Notwithstanding Section 6704, with respect to any kelp lease
in effect on January 1, 1983, the lessee shall have a prior right to
renew the lease on terms agreed upon between the commission and the
lessee. If the lessee does not renew the lease, or if terms are not
agreed upon, the commission shall advertise for bids on the
individual kelp beds comprising the lease. The term of any renewal of
a lease shall not exceed 20 years. Any lease in effect on January 1,
1985, may be performed pursuant to its terms, notwithstanding this
article, but any renewal of that lease is subject to this article.
Notwithstanding Sections 6703 and 6704, at any time during
the term of a lease, the commission and the lessee may negotiate and
enter into a new lease on terms agreed upon between the two parties,
if the commission determines that such a new lease would be in the
best interest of the state. The initial term of the new lease shall
not exceed 20 years.
Each lease entered into, or renewed, on or after January 1,
1985, shall require, in addition to the license fee required by this
chapter, a payment by the lessee or any sublessee of not less than
the minimum royalty established under Article 2 (commencing with
Section 6680), for all kelp harvested from the lease area, and shall
provide for an annual advance payment of not less than forty dollars
($40) per square mile per year for the kelp bed leased, to be
credited against the amount payable by the lessee, or sublessee, as
the case may be, for each ton of kelp harvested during the ensuing
year. The lease shall, in addition, include provisions for forfeiture
of the lease if the annual payment is not made in advance.
A lease may not be assigned, in whole or in part, by the
lessee, either voluntarily or by operation of law, and no subleases
or other rights may be granted thereunder by the lessee without the
prior approval of the commission, subject to the conditions that the
commission prescribes. The lease shall be forfeited in the event of a
violation of this section. Each lease shall contain a statement of
the contents of this section.
A lease, or any renewal thereof, shall be submitted to, and
approved by, the Department of General Services.
When an exclusive privilege to harvest kelp has been granted
by lease by the commission, the commission shall furnish a true copy
thereof to the department. The department shall file a notice for
record in the recorder's office of the county in which the kelp bed
or beds, or part thereof, are located, setting forth the name of the
person having the privilege, the description of the kelp bed or beds,
or part thereof, and the time for which the privilege has been
granted. The notice required to be filed for record under this
section may be a copy of the executed lease.
The department shall inform the State Lands Commission of all
kelp bed leases executed pursuant to this chapter, and shall furnish
the State Lands Commission with the information concerning these
leases that it may require.