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California Fish and Game Commission to Hold Remote Meeting

California Fish and Game Commission to Hold Remote Meeting

Posted: 14 Apr 2020 04:21 PM PDT

The California Fish and Game Commission has revised the agenda for its upcoming meeting, which will be held remotely April 15 and 16.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Commission will deal with one issue only – the ability for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to delay, suspend or restrict sport or recreational fishing if the director of CDFW, in consultation with the president of the Commission, finds that such action is necessary to protect against the threat from COVID-19 based on state, federal, local, and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs.

This emergency proposal is based on requests from three counties, is designed to be responsive to local county level needs, and, if approved by the Commission, will expire May 31, 2020.

On Thursday, April 16, the Commission will complete the remaining items on the revised agenda.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m.; Thursday, April 16, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m.

Where: Via teleconference.

More: The meeting agenda and documents are available on the Commission’s website at fgc.ca.gov/Meetings/2020 (under April 15-16, 2020).

 

California Fish and Game Commission Emergency Meeting Will be Rescheduled for Next Week

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 10:18 AM PDT

Today’s emergency meeting of the Fish and Game Commission is being rescheduled. While the time and platform has yet to be determined, it will be delayed until next week.

Commission President Eric Sklar and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham made the following joint statement:

“We are very appreciative of the passion we heard from those that were able to join this morning’s call. It is clear that the call volume was overwhelming and the technology wasn’t ready. We acknowledge that this is a challenge as we attempt to navigate new technology for meetings. We are frustrated by what happened today and are looking for a remedy now. We understand that many members of the public and media were unable to join the call and because we also understand the importance to many of you, we need to ensure that you have an opportunity to provide input.

“We want to make sure you know that we have received a great deal of input from counties and tribes, and we are grateful for that. You can always make comment for the record at fgc@fgc.ca.gov.

“We also want to make it crystal clear that today’s proposed decision was not about banning fishing statewide or locally. We are not contemplating statewide closure. The decision is to help prepare us to work with counties and tribes to make those decisions based on their requests. We are working on a tailored and surgical approach based on local needs and knowledge. We have already received some of these requests. Today’s proposed action was an effort to become more nimble and ready to react when asked by a local entity to act.”

When the meeting is rescheduled, it will be posted on the Commission’s website, sent out via listserv and advised to media.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission was set to discuss whether or not to temporarily grant authority to CDFW to decide whether to delay, restrict, or suspend sport or recreational fishing in order to prevent and mitigate public health risks that may arise when people travel for fishing trips or congregate while participating in available fishing opportunities. CDFW and the Commission have received requests from county representatives and local health authorities requesting delays to sport or recreational fish openers such as the Eastern Sierra trout opener scheduled for April 25, 2020. Because of overwhelming call volume, the call will be rescheduled.

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Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

Link to North Coast News TV

Dear fish and wildlife stakeholder,

The Commission will hold an emergency teleconference meeting on April 9, 2020 to consider delegating authority to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to suspend, delay, or restrict sport/recreational fishing in specific areas within the state due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19.

The agenda is now available on the Commission’s website at https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=177990&inline

Please refer to the agenda for important meeting information and deadlines.

Additional meeting materials will be posted on the Commission’s website today.

Sincerely,
Melissa Miller-Henson
Executive Director
California Fish and Game Commission

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