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CARF prevails at hearing!
On March 3rd, members of CARF testified before the California Fish and Game Commission urging Commissioners to reject proposed regulations that will have a profound economic impact on California fresh water fishing industry and recreational fishing. To read more and to watch the hearing video, click here.
For the first time in over 30 years, proposed regulations will require fishermen to purchase fishing licenses to catch privately stocked fish on private property as well as private fee for fishing lakes.
In addition, these new regulations will impose crippling costs on an annual basis to perform genetic and disease testing on every single fish hatchery and pond in California. These unprecedented regulations could cost property owners thousands of dollars annually for even the smallest body of fresh water and even more for fish hatcheries.
Fortunately, a majority of the Commissioners agreed that more information is needed before any new regulations are considered. It is encouraging that Commissioners are seeking a greater understanding of how unprecedented and costly these new regulations would be for California employers, property owners and fishermen! However, the threat to recreational fishing and jobs still remains, and our fight continues.
If you are interested in watching the hearing video click here and don't forget to visit the "Take Action" page to learn how you can have your voice heard today!