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Old 04-03-2009, 05:33 PM
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Exclamation Please help save Striped Bass and other CA fish! - action needed before 4/14!

Here is a letter to distribute and sign yourself and include your full address and just fax it before 4/14. Assembly woman Fuller has put a bill, AB 1253 which will eliminate stripers from the protection of the fish and game and will effectively eliminate the entire striper population so please sign and fax this letter! This is all about water, they want to put the blame on the delta smelt and salmon on the stripers when all three species have thrived for over 130 years until they pumped the water out of the Delta! This bill also sets up all non native species from being killed off like she wants to do to the stripers so many people might not be aware that large mouth, small mouth, several trout species, blue gills, catfish, and others are all non native CA fish and if this bill passes those fish can be the next to be killed off!

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Assembly Member Jared Huffman, Chair
Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife
1020 N Street, Suite 160
Sacramento, CA 94249

Fax 916-319-2196

Dear Assembly Member Jared Huffman,

As a California angler, voter and taxpayer, I strongly oppose AB 1253, the bill introduced by Assembly member Fuller, intending to delist and remove support of the striped bass as a California game fish.

This is a terrible bill as my opinion is that the real issues are the excessive amounts of water being pumped to the Central Valley growing many plants that we should not grow here in CA like cotton! CA is supposed to be green and to me that means we should re-evaluate the types of crops we grow to ensure that Striped Bass, Salmon, and delta smelt all thrive once more as they have in the past.

The striped bass, a fish legally introduced to the State by the California Fish and Game Commission, established itself as one of the state's premier game fish and coexisted in harmony for over 130 years with the state's native fishes. Even in the 1930's when the striped bass population was believed to exceed 12 million adult fish and the species was fished commercially, the fish did not impact the state's salmon stocks or the health of the delta's fisheries including the delta smelt and the long fin smelt.

The striped bass fishery along with the Chinook salmon, steelhead, delta smelt, long fin smelt, American Shad, green sturgeon, white sturgeon fisheries only began to decline with the operation of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project in the late 1960's. As exports have increased, the populations of all of these fishes has crashed to all time historical lows with the delta smelt now on the endangered species list, the long fin smelt threatened, the Chinook salmon run the lowest in history. The current striped bass populations are also at historical lows.

The striped bass is a fish of legend and has been a part of California's angling heritage for 130 years. AB 1253, a bill sponsored by a number of water districts is an obvious attempt to transfer the blame of the decline of California's once great fisheries to one of the species that made the California Delta one of the greatest fisheries on earth instead of their insatiable demand for larger and larger amounts of delta water. They realize that if the delta's fisheries can be destroyed, it is one less reason to obstruct the draining of the delta for subsidized agribusiness farming.

Please vote this bill down when it comes before your committee. If passed, it will do nothing to restore California's once great fisheries and will cause the destruction of one of California's greatest game fish.

Sincerely,
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