Central Valley Congressman Moves to Eliminate Doubling of Striper Population based on False Predation Claims

U.S. House Member Jeff Denham CA 10th District (Central Valley Modesto area) has passed a Bill through the House to remove striped bass from the CVIPA fish doubling provision of the Act based on non-peer reviewed claims. The Denham bill (H.R.4582) could have serious ramifications in that it removes the Delta’s striped bass fishery from the federal Central Valley Project Improvement Act that requires doubling all of the anadromous fish in the Bay-Delta estuary and its tributaries. Once again these actions are being taken under the guise of protecting salmon and steelhead from predation. The bill now moves to teh Senate.

John Beuttler, Allied Fishing Groups Conservation Director,  along with a number of our colleagues worked with then Congressman George Miller and Senator Bill Bradley on the CVPIA legislation. We think many of California’s House members would oppose such bad legislation if they knew that the striped bass fishery generated an estimated$839,000,000 during 1963 to 1983 ("California Department of Fish and Game Study, Administrative Report No. 85-03" - Anadromous Fisheries Branch, 1985). All of the peer reviewed science demonstrates that striped bass do not have any impact on any of the populations of salmon, steelhead, Delta smelt and sturgeon in the Bay-Delta estuary. So, why is Denham carrying this bill? It is simply another effort by Central Valley water groups to remove Stripers from the Delta water fight.

Efforts are currently underway to fight this bill.

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