SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, announced that an important measure that allows for commercial fishing of crayfish in Lake Tahoe has passed the Assembly. Assembly Bill 165 is a response to worsening clarity of Lake Tahoe.
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There are many natural and human impacts over time have decreased the clarity of Lake Tahoe. One contributing factor is that that non-native crayfish have overrun the Lake Tahoe Basin. It is estimated that there are 240 million crawfish in Lake Tahoe. Without a native predator this number will only grow at a faster rate.
“There will be many benefits to allowing for commercial fishing of crayfish in the Lake Tahoe region,” Gaines said. “First, reducing the number of invasive crayfish will help the purity of the lake. Secondly, businesses can benefit by the sale of the crayfish, having a positive impact on the local economy while supporting local products.”
Nevada has repealed their similar law and has been permitting commercial crayfishing since August of last year. AB 165 clearly states that any new regulations to allow for the fishing of crayfish shall be in compliant with the Lake Tahoe Region Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan.
“It is time for California to be a part of this solution to keep Lake Tahoe blue and allow a few local businesses to prosper at the same time,” said Gaines. “This is a common sense, pro-business, pro-environment bill to keep Tahoe blue.”
Assemblywoman Gaines, R-Rocklin, represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento counties.