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California Fish and Game Striped Bass Petition

Picture taken Oct 1, 2016; estimate two hundred Striped Bass fish trapped in three feet of Carmel River lagoon water.

Fisherman need to have their inherited fishing rights and opportunities increased. Many fishing opportunities have been taken away due to the decreasing number of fish available.
Today the West Coast waters are being taken over by huge numbers of schooling Striped Bass. These fish are in many river systems and ocean. Killing and eating the native fishes such as Steelhead, Salmon and any other fish they come across. These are aggressive predators that were introduced to the west coast waters around 1910; these Striped Bass have no fish predators in these waters.
We need to be able to fish for these Striped Bass 365 days a year; with no size limit; in any water that they are living in today. This will help bring food to the table and also improve the native runs of fish that live in these waters. This need to happen now before all the native fish are killed off by these schools of Striped Bass.

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Send a sign copy of this letter to the Fish and Game commission immediately.
Mailing Address: California Fish and Game Commission, P.O. Box 944209. Sacramento, CA. 94244-2090

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Nature v.s. Us
From www.caltrout.org

We came. We saw. We conquered.
In California's Central Valley, we've essentially conquered the landscape. Wildlife abundance has been replaced by agricultural abundance. But what if it doesn't have to be that way? What if we can put nature back into the mix?
That's what CalTrout's Nigiri project has done. It's proven that by flooding rice fields in the winter, creating surrogate wetlands for juvenile salmon rearing, the fish not only survive, they thrive. Fish in these rice fields grew up to 5x bigger then ones in the river.
The project has demonstrated that it doesn't need to be fish OR farms, it can be fish AND farms. Visit www.caltrout.org and see what it's all about.


CDFW to Begin Reintroductions of Rare Rescued Trout to McCloud River Tributaries

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW) Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program and Heritage and Wild Trout Program staff will soon reintroduce a small population of rare rescued trout to their native waters in the McCloud River in Shasta County.

McCloud River Redband Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss stonei) is one of several sensitive and unique fish species that has required human intervention in order to ensure their survival during California's continuing drought.
"The drought continues to be devastating on the populations of these important fish," said Andrew Jensen, a biologist with CDFW's Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program. "If we did not take action to save them during the summers, small, independent populations may have succumbed. Our proactive rescue efforts will help maintain this unique species for the future."
CDFW biologists monitoring McCloud Redband streams (tributaries of the upper McCloud River) from late 2013 through mid-2015 found that drought effects were causing perilous conditions for the fish in both winter (with sections of the streams freezing over) and summer (with sections of the streams going dry). McCloud Redband, a state-listed Species of Special Concern, are in no immediate risk of extinction but their populations are small, fragmented and exist only in a few small streams. Rescue operations by CDFW in 2013-15 greatly reduced the drought mortality of the species.
Anticipating potential drought impacts on sensitive wild fish populations, CDFW installed self-contained Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) at several CDFW hatcheries throughout the state last year. The RAS enable the hatcheries to safely house rescued wild fish until environmental conditions improve. One of these facilities, CDFW's Mt. Shasta Hatchery, was selected to serve as a drought safe haven for the McCloud Redband due to its proximity to the imperiled streams. More than 1,000 McCloud Redband were brought to the facility, where many were spawned by CDFW staff.
Today much of California remains in a drought, but the upper McCloud River watershed received some relief in the first half of 2016, with near-normal precipitation during the winter and spring. CDFW fisheries biologists believe that these improved habitat conditions (and forecast conditions) will support the release of the rescued McCloud Redband Trout.
Both the rescued adult fish and the hatchery-origin juveniles will be released beginning this week in sections of the stream that will provide the best chance of long-term success with minimal impacts to the existing natural-origin population. All the released fish will be tagged, allowing fisheries biologists to track their movement and survival after release into the river.

Media Contacts:
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958
Andrew Jensen, CDFW Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program, (530) 225-2378


California Trout Unlimited Restoration of Little Arthur Creek
Submitted by Sam Bishop

TU's California Water Project is committed to enhancing streamflows for native salmon, steelhead and trout. Here's a cool story about a project, led by our California Water Attorney Matt Clifford, that illustrates how our efforts to build partnerships and deliver modest but achievable conservation results in the (relatively) short term can pay off for our fishy friends.

Background: In 2006, the Pajaro River on California's central coast came out of obscurity to make national headlines for the wrong reason: it was named the most endangered river in America.
Historically, the Pajaro was one of the most productive steelhead streams in this region. But water diversions, widespread habitat loss and degradation, and drought reduced this river's once robust run of wild steelhead to a shadow of its former self.
The Pajaro might seem an unlikely place to invest in steelhead restoration. Much of the river is bordered by fields of row crops. Its last few miles are now characterized by homeless encampments and large levees. Even in the headwaters, thirsty residential development combined with drought has diminished the summer streamflows young steelhead need to survive.
Despite the river's many challenges, the potential for successful habitat restoration in the Pajaro is strong. That's because in 2009 TU, Coastal Habitat Education and Environmental Restoration (CHEER), and the Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration (CEMAR) teamed up to "think big and start small" in restoring steelhead habitat here.
TU has just released a new video about this project, Good Neighbors: Sharing water with steelhead on Little Arthur Creek. This short film illustrates the power of partnerships (in this case, with willing residential landowners) to make modest changes in water use and storage that have big ecological benefits.
We have posted a new blog on this project - please share with your chapters and project partners. The Gilroy Dispatch also published an excellent article on the Little Arthur Creek partnership.
Please join me in saluting Matt and videographer Josh Duplechian for their excellent work on this exemplary project. And as always, thanks for all you are doing to conserve, protect, restore and sustain our cold water fisheries.

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