Article 6. Commercial Fishing Reports of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 6. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 6.

The department shall:
  (a) Gather and prepare data of the commercial fisheries, showing particularly the extent of the fisheries and the extent to which the various species abound.
  (b) Make such investigations of the biology and the environment of the living marine resources as will aid in the collection and preparation of the statistical information necessary to determine the population dynamics of the species relative to their scientific management.
  (c) Make such investigations as will disclose the optimum sustainable yield of the various marine resources.
  (d) Determine what measures may be advisable to conserve any fishery, or to enlarge and assist any fishery where that may be done without danger to the supply.
(a) The receipts, reports, or other records filed with the department pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 7700) to Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 8040), inclusive, and the information contained therein, shall, except as otherwise provided in this section, be confidential, and the records shall not be public records. Insofar as possible, the information contained in the records shall be compiled or published as summaries, so as not to disclose the individual record or business of any person.
  (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department may release the confidential information described in subdivision (a) to any federal agency responsible for fishery management activities, provided the information is used solely for the purposes of enforcing fishery management provisions and provided the information will otherwise remain confidential. The department may also release this information in accordance with Section 391 or pursuant to a court order, to a public or private postsecondary institution engaged in research under the terms of a legally binding confidentiality agreement, or under other conditions as the commission by regulation may provide.
  (c) All forms, logs, books, covers, documents, electronic data, software, and other records of any kind issued or otherwise supplied, directly or indirectly, by the department, the purpose of which is to provide a means for reports, records, or other information to be filed with the department pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 7700) to Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 8040), inclusive, continue to be the property of the department. Those forms, logs, books, covers, documents, electronic data, software, other records, or portions thereof remain the property of the department whether used, unused, attached, or detached from their original binding, packaging, or other medium and shall be immediately surrendered upon demand to a peace officer of the department acting in his or her official capacity, without being altered in any manner.
(a) The commission, upon recommendation of the department, may suspend or revoke the commercial fishing privileges of any fisherman or the license of any person required to be licensed under Article 7 (commencing with Section 8030) who is convicted of a violation of this article or Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 8040).
  (b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 1992.
(a) The commission may require the owner and operator of a commercial fishing vessel, the holder of a commercial fishing license or permit, and the owner and licenseholder of a commercial passenger fishing boat to keep and submit a complete and accurate record of fishing activities in a form prescribed by the department.
  (b) In addition to the penalty specified in subdivision (a) of Section 12002, failure to keep and submit records pursuant to subdivision (a) may result in the revocation or suspension of a license or permit by the department or the commission, when recommended by the department, for a period not to exceed one year.