During its December 15 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission is taking under consideration onerous environmental regulations that, if passed, will force lake, pond and hatchery owners to perform costly environmental surveys on every lake or pond that stocks fish. These surveys could cost up to $100,000 per body of water!

If approved, these regulations will create a substantial burden on private landowners who wish to stock and manage ponds and lakes on their property. Businesses that offer fishing on private lakes, will likely either be put out of business by the fees associated with these rigorous protocols, or will be forced to significantly increase the cost for visiting anglers like you. KeepAmericaFishing encourages California’s anglers to attend this meeting and tell the commissioners what these regulations mean for anglers – higher fees and less time in the outdoors.

California is home to an estimated 3,000 lakes and reservoirs and 24,000 ponds, all of which will be subject to these onerous and costly regulations if approved.

The passage of these regulations would represent one of the greatest threats to freshwater recreational fishing California has ever seen.

Good Points to Make During the Meeting to the Commissioners:

  • As an angler and conservationist you are committed to taking care of our great outdoors and support efforts to ensure that fish populations are available now and for future generations to enjoy.
  • Onerous and costly regulations will limit access to fishing by making lake and pond stocking unfeasibly expensive, and will force many private fishing pond operators to go out of business.
  • Recreational fishing is an economic driver for many communities and small businesses and contributes over $4.7 billion a year to a state that has a struggling economy and the second highest unemployment rate in the Nation.

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