Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Urban fishing and fish-stocking programs survive series of lawsuits

A Sacramento judge ruled in favor of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), resolving a series of lawsuits brought by both industry and environmental groups attacking the state’s hatchery and fish stocking programs. Taken together, the rulings mean that the DFG can continue its Fishing in the City program, its Classroom Aquarium Education Program, its own anadromous and trout stocking and the issuance of private fish-stocking permits.

“This decision reinforces what we have known here at Fish and Game for some time: that our fish-stocking program adopted in 2010 strikes the right balance by affording public fishing opportunities while maintaining our stewardship of California’s rivers and streams,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham.

“I am particularly gratified that we were able to protect our Fishing in the City program which benefits thousands of urban anglers each year,” Bonham added.

In 2010, DFG certified its Hatchery and Stocking Program Environmental Impact Report, which described how DFG would operate its trout, salmon and steelhead hatcheries, its stocking programs, including stocking for Fishing in the City, and other program elements.

In August of 2012, DFG won lawsuits brought by two environmental groups alleging that DFG’s program violated the California Environmental Quality Act. Those lawsuits were brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics. DFG had earlier settled a similar lawsuit brought by the Owens Valley Committee.

In September, DFG won the final challenge to its fish stocking program. That lawsuit, brought by the California Association for Recreational Fishing and joined by the Council for Endangered Species Act Reliability, challenged DFG’s ability to have certain restrictions in the contracts DFG enters into for its Fishing in the City Program.

The lawsuit could have shut down the Fishing in the City Program and possibly crippled DFG’s ability to issue private stocking permits.

DFG’s Fishing in the City program started in 1993 to allow fishing opportunities for residents of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Sacramento.

Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • robertdnollFebruary 06, 2013 - 7:34 am

    do we need more environmentalists here

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 06, 2013 - 7:59 am

    YES!

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  • cookie65February 06, 2013 - 9:03 am

    You two are cracking me up..... This is straight up communism. These people have an endless supply of money and attorneys to end what we have known as freedom and that is their objective. At some point the American people will grow out of thier comfort zone and apathy and put a stop to this. It won't be pretty.

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  • MartinFebruary 06, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    I would like to see the envioronmentals along with the Center for Biological Diversity hung out to dry, they have done enough damage to our country. Freedom trumps there money mongering, they have done there job now it is time for the to quit sticking there nose in everything. If they want to show they are worth something, clean up the cities that they live in, then come and screw with us.

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  • Ken SteersFebruary 06, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    I'll be the first to say it then. After reading this story there is something fishy going on around here.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 06, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    Ken, go stand in the corner. NOW!

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