The California Striped Bass Association has published an online petition asking the California Fish and Game Commission (DFG) not to pass proposed regulatory changes that would decimate striped bass and black bass populations. The regulations would allow anglers to keep more striped bass and black bass per day, and reduce the size limits for these species, under the guise of bolstering endangered salmon fisheries.
Fisheries Management should be based on science, and the science firmly shows that reduced flows and Delta exports are the real threat to salmon. CSPA addressed the persistent attempts by water and irrigation districts to blame Salmon decline on anything but water diversions in our recent blog Irrigation Districts Can’t See Past Killing Bass to Save Salmon. For a more in-depth crash course in the issues threatening Salmon and Bass we also recommend these posts from The California Fisheries Blog:
- Spring-Run Chinook Salmon – why they fail to recover
- FISHBIO Strikes Again – Predation Is the Problem, Not Water Diversions – Right or Wrong?
- Striped Bass Status