Fish and Game Commission important to hunters and anglers
Attending to and speaking up at California Fish and Game Commission meetings is how hunters can influence what, where, and how to hunt which species and when to fish for what.
So, you want feral pigs to remain a game species in California that can be hunted year-round with few restrictions? Tell Fish and Game Commissioners and CDFW in one of their public meetings.
The most recent meeting of the Fish and Game Commission in Santa Monica, for example, produced some significant changes in hunting and fishing regulations. The Commission will send the results of the meeting and its suggestions to CDFW for execution.
Read up on the detailed results on the Fish and Game Commission website. The following excerpts from the Commission report are only examples of the noteworthy proposed changes.
Fish and Game Commission (F & G) will request the California Department of Fish and Game in a letter not to delist gray wolves from the federal endangered species list.
Proposed waterfowl hunting regulations
In their Santa Monica meeting, the Fish and Game Commission (F & G) also adopted waterfowl hunting regulations for 2019/2020. The modified regulations include an extension of the duck season closure date and a reduction of the daily bag limit. The duck season will close on January 31, 2020, while the daily bag limit will drop from two ducks to one per day.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) expects the Chinook salmon fisheries to be better than in 2018. Because of the weak Chinook salmon returns last year, recreational salmon anglers in the Sacramento River Basin were only allowed one bag limit with two in possession.
In their next meeting in May, D & G will In May decide on whether to increase bag and possession limits on the Klamath and Trinity rivers to a three fish bag limit with no more than two adults and nine fish possession limit with no more than six adults.
The Commission will also use the teleconferenced meeting to consider an extension of the Feather River season for another two weeks. That would have the Chinook season on the river end on October 31, 2019. During the May meeting, commissioners will also decide on opening another 10 miles of the Mokelumne River to fishing.
During the very busy April meeting in Santa Monica, D & G commissioners also decided unanimously to authorize a short spring Chinook Salmon on the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Meetings with numerous interested commercial parties and recreational anglers about the negative effects of the salmon closures on the rivers on commerce and recreational outdoor activities prompted a rule change. Consequently, fishing will reopen on July 1, 2019, on the Klamath and the upper Trinity rivers. The bag limit of one bag and two fish in possession.
Other noteworthy decisions and changes
The Department of Fish and Wildlife updated the commissioners on the protection of whales and sea turtles from the effects of commercial fishing gear. Moreover, updates on the ocean salmon and Pacific halibut were on the agenda as well as a report on the transition to electronic commercial fisheries landing receipts. Finally, the publication Year in Review for the Marine Region was the end point of the Santa Monica meeting.
The above is only a condensed narrative of the topics mentioned and discussed during the meeting. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming decisions and changes, visit fgc.ca.gov for more extensive and detailed information.
Before closing this brief report, let me remind hunters and fishermen that Fish and Game and CDFW often invite the public to participate by leaving their comments or speaking during a meeting. Hunters, anglers, and other outdoor lovers ought to realize that these government agencies are friendly and supportive of our recreational activities. The preservation of the environment, habitat conditions and the protection of wildlife is their primary goal. They do not consider the petty application of minor parking laws as their main purpose in life. Other agencies may do that but not necessarily Fish and Game and CDFW even when some overly zealous officer makes it appear so at rare occasions.
Nevertheless, laws must be followed for these agencies to achieve their goals and assure that hunters, anglers, outdoor lovers and their children can continue to enjoy California’s unique and magnificent environment and wildlife.
PS: Dislike bumblebees? Well, they are part of your wilderness experiences. Some species are teetering at the brink of extinction. CDFW is working on a 90-day evaluation report to be presented to D & G in June. Four sub-species of bumble bees may need to go on the list of California Endangered Species. How about that?
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