San Diego - Yesterday the California Fish and Game Commission heard a proposal to change rules that would have been so costly to implement and enforce that all of the privately owned and operated hatcheries in California would have had to close down.
In the midst of the worst unemployment crisis since the 1930s, this big win for the recreational fishing industry has saved thousands of jobs.
An intriguing report about the decision and some of the issue's background can be found HERE. One excerpt I want to share is the cost analysis.
As expected, Fish and Game showed the cost to be in the hundreds of dollars, while the representatives of the fisheries and hatcheries said the cost will be, on average, around $133,000.
Dixon Lake in Escondido was one of the four lakes studied for cost by the independent Sapphos Environmental, Inc., and Dixon came in at $181,000 for the biological assessment to keep stocking fish. The breakdown was $25,919 for fish assessment, $15,490.74 for birds, $139,677.06 for herpetofauna.
Special thanks to Orange County's own State Senator Tom Harmon who began public comments by advocating for the small businesses that make up this large industry.
California's Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts can once again count on their favorite fishing hole to be a round a little longer.