HELP US AMEND S.2533 TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OFALL DELTA LARGEMOUTH, SMALLMOUTH & STRIPED PLUS PANFISH

 

Please contact Senator Feinstein and let her know you are very unhappy with her legislation! 

Specifics

“Pending federal legislation, the “Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2016” (S 2533) by Senator Feinstein, calls for a program to begin the process of eliminating of these species in the Stanislaus River and the California Delta because they are allegedly “invasive species” whose “predation” has caused salmon, steelhead and Delta smelt populations to decline. As a host of peer reviewed scientific studies clearly demonstrate, these claims are not true. It is the biological nature of estuaries to have predation in the food web and this includes predation by fish. So the appropriate question that should be asked is: “Has predation by striped bass, largemouth and small mouth bass, and pan fish caused the decline of the estuary’s salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon?”

The peer reviewed science says unequivocally NO! What this science does demonstrate is that the fishery declines in the Bay-Delta estuary and its tributaries are not caused by predation. Rather, it is caused by the building and operation of the State and Federal Water Project facilities that have destroyed many hundreds of million of salmon, striped bass, steelhead, and Delta smelt while doing horrific damaged the estuary’s food web. It is little wonder that our fisheries and the estuary are dyeing? 

It is also important to address another huge mistake in S 2533. The fisheries cited in the legislation ARE NOT INVASIVE SPECIES. They are publicly owned resources that were intentionally introduced into California’s waters to generate sport fisheries to encourage the sport fishing recreation and economic benefits that it generates to our local, state, and national economies. The striped bass and largemouth fisheries in the Delta generate in excess of 700 million annually to the state’s economy.

Even if this language is eventually stricken from the pending drought bill, this attempt to remove sport fish from the Delta is only the latest effort in a long line of actions by Central Valley water contractors to destroy fisheries in the Bay-Delta estuary and it tributary rivers. Previous efforts include:

  • A lawsuit to remove all striped bass from the system that failed.
  • An attempt to have the Fish & Wildlife Commission remove all size limits on stripers. 

Both of these efforts were defeated by concerned anglers lead by the Allied Fishing Groups.

This is not a one-sided political issue - most Republicans and many Democrats seem to support Stewart Resnick and the Central Valley water contractors in their efforts to eliminate these sportfish. The legislators working on the bill openly admit that much of the language in the bill was crafted by Central Valley water interests. The water interests know that once these fish are eliminated they remove a major barrier to take more of water from the Delta and Central Valley rivers. Currently they take some 85 % of all the water exported from the Delta!

We need your help to support efforts to strike this language from Senator Feinstein’s  Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2016, defend largemouth, smallmouth, stripers and panfish, protect the local economies (and some 500) millions of dollars spent each year on these fisheries and insure a thriving future for our sport.

Contact Senator Feinstein’s Washington office and respectfully request that:

  • Sport fish should be removed from the invasive species list in the bill because they are not invasive species and because their destruction would have unacceptable legal, financial and social impacts. Striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish did not invade California. They were intentionally introduced to supply recreation and food to the state’s anglers. The financial impact of destroying these sport fish is enormous.
  • Any projects to study or remove these fish from the Stanislaus River should have a specific requirement to protect and relocate the fish captured in the Stanislaus River into the California Delta.  

See below for a sample email or letter, or you can call her DC office and her local office in California closest to you and tell them that the bill S 2553 must be amended as recommended in the Allied Fishing Groups letter to Senator Feinstein to prevent the destruction of public owned fisheries in the Bay-Delta estuary including striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. 

Feinstein contact information:
The Honorable Diane Feinstein
 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841

San Francisco Office:         
One Post Street
Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Fax: (415) 393-0710

Los Angeles Office:
11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 914-7300
Fax: (310) 914-7318

San Diego Office:
880 Front Street
Suite 4236
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-9712
Fax: (619) 231-1108

Fresno Office:
2500 Tulare Street
Suite 4290
Fresno, CA 93721
Main: (559) 485-7430
Fax: (559) 485-9689

John Garamendi

https://garamendi.house.gov/contact-me

Washington, DC Office
2438 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1880
Fax: (202) 225-5914

Davis Office
412 G Street
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: 530-753-5301
Fax: 530-753-5614

Legislator Directories
Sample email/letter (link to sample letter/email)

Link to the Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2016