Fish And Game Com­mis­sion Fo­cuses On Nat­u­ral Re­sources

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At its June 2018 meeting in Sacramento, the Cal­i­for­nia Fish and Game Com­mis­sion took ac­tion on a num­ber of is­sues af­fect­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s nat­u­ral re­sources.

The Com­mis­sion voted unan­i­mously to adopt the 2018 Mas­ter Plan for Fish­eries: A Guide for Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Marine Life Man­age­ment Act. The plan ad­vances com­pre­hen­sive marine ecosys­tem man­age­ment us­ing the best avail­able sci­ence, meeting stock sus­tain­abil­ity and ecosys­tem ob­jec­tives, in­te­grat­ing Marine Pro­tected Ar­eas into fish­eries man­age­ment, en­gag­ing stake­hold­ers, col­lab­o­rat­ing with part­ners, ad­vanc­ing so­cioe­co­nomic and com­mu­nity ob­jec­tives, and adapt­ing to cli­mate change.

With a unan­i­mous vote, the Com­mis­sion en­dorsed the Cal­i­for­nia Ocean Pro­tec­tion Coun­cil’s 2018 Cal­i­for­nia Ocean Lit­ter Preven­tion Strat­egy. The doc­u­ment pro­vides a holis­tic, col­lab­o­ra­tive strat­egy for ad­dress­ing ocean lit­ter in Cal­i­for­nia, with a fo­cus on re­duc­ing land-based lit­ter at its source.

The Com­mis­sion hon­ored Hum­boldt County Deputy District At­tor­ney Adrian Ka­mada with the 2017 Prose­cu­tor of the Year Award for his skill and com­mit­ment in pros­e­cut­ing a wide va­ri­ety of fish, wildlife and en­vi­ron­men­tal crime cases.

The Com­mis­sion ap­proved a list of pro­posed Duck Stamp projects for fis­cal year 2018-19. These projects are aimed at pro­tect­ing, pre­serv­ing, restor­ing, en­hanc­ing, and de­vel­op­ing mi­gra­tory wa­ter­fowl breed­ing and win­ter­ing habi­tat, and con­duct­ing wa­ter­fowl re­source as­sess­ments and other wa­ter­fowl re­lated re­search.

The Com­mis­sion adopted the De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) rec­om­men­da­tion to is­sue zero sage grouse hunt­ing per­mits for all four hunt­ing zones.

CDFW provided an up­date to the Com­mis­sion on Chronic Wast­ing Dis­ease (CWD), a fa­tal neu­ro­logic dis­ease of deer and elk that has been de­tected in 24 states. The dis­ease has not been de­tected in Cal­i­for­nia, where CDFW ac­tively tests an­i­mals and is in the process of cre­at­ing a CWD ac­tion plan. To pre­vent the ac­ci­den­tal im­por­ta­tion of CWD into Cal­i­for­nia, state law pro­hibits hun­ters from im­port­ing car­casses from out-of-state with a skull or back­bone still at­tached.

The Com­mis­sion de­nied a pe­ti­tion to re­peal hunt­ing of Amer­i­can badger and gray fox and de­nied a pe­ti­tion to in­crease the striped bass daily bag limit to three and re­duce minimum size to 12 inches in anadro­mous coastal rivers and ocean wa­ters south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Cal­i­for­nia Fish and Game Com­mis­sion was the first wildlife con­ser­va­tion agency in the United States, pre­dat­ing even the U.S. Com­mis­sion of Fish and Fish­eries. CDFW im­ple­ments and en­forces the reg­u­la­tions set by the Com­mis­sion, as well as pro­vides bi­o­log­i­cal data and ex­per­tise to in­form the Com­mis­sion’s decision-mak­ing process.

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