What the MLPA stands to do to local ocean sport fishing, the California Department of Fish and Game are about to do for fresh water fishing.
Introducing Bio 240. A regulation imposed on the DFG by a judge to mitigate the spread of Quagga Mussels. According to http://www.savecalfishing.org/, the Quagga Mussel infestation started in the Great Lakes and has spread from there to the entire United States. The solution? Make the owners of any fresh water lake pond, or stream, pay for expensive environmental testing that is currently not even offered in this state if they want to stock fish. Aquaculture businesses that grow fish for eating and stocking will also have to pay for the expensive regulations.
According to savecalfishing, an EIR done by DFG names every specie of frogs, birds, plants, fish, amphibians & reptiles, most of which are not endangered, that could be present at a pond, lake or stream. Because many of these 80 species are wide spread through out the State, it is doubtful any body of water will be free of every single specie.
THe EIR names 35 diseases, that could be at hatcheries, that may have an adverse effect on frogs, birds, plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles and 7 invasive species, such as mussels and aquatic plants. The DFG admits many of these diseases and invasive species are wide spread throughout California and it is doubtful any fish hatchery is free of every single disease and invasive species that could have an effect on frogs, amphibans, etc.
This will undoubtly include every pond, lake, stream and hatchery in the State. It is very likely that no hatchery will be able to stock fish. No body of water will be able to get a permit to stock.
The deadline to get your tests sent out of state for testing your pond, lake or stream is September 2nd. 2010.
Phase 2 that goes after the hatcheries and aquaculture facilities starts on December 2nd. 2010.
THIS EFFECTIVELY ENDS FRESH WATER FISHING IN CALIFORNIA!
Call your Congressman, State Senator or local Assembly person and let them know the ramifications of this overbearing decision by a judge, not scientists.
Read more at: California Association For Recreational Fishing.