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This "Center" is in Tucson, and they are coming after prospectors next..........

Trout plants halted - it's a load of bullfrogs!

> Tom Stienstra


> Sunday, November 30, 2008


> On a magic morning at San Pablo Reservoir, for years the

> best fishing lake in the Bay Area, we caught 10 rainbow

> trout that weighed nearly 30 pounds, one of the finest

> two-angler trout limits I've ever seen. That will never

> happen again.


> Then there was the summer day at Loch Lomond Reservoir near

> Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We caught several

> trout, then landed our boat on an island with a picnic site

> and barbecued the fish on the spot. What a moment. Now it

> looks like Loch Lomond is done forever.

> Up in the Sierra, on a stormy, late spring day at Spicer

> Meadows Reservoir in the high country, we caught something

> like 35 to 40 trout ranging 14 to 22 inches in three hours.

> Now it's goodbye Spicer.


> Try to imagine the early-summer flyfishing out of a canoe

> at pretty Gumboot Lake in the Trinity Divide, casting black

> leeches, strip retrieve, and catching a trout on nearly

> every cast in the last two hours of light. Must have

> released 30 or so. It will never happen again.


> San Pablo, Loch Lomond, Spicer Meadows and Gumboot are

> among 175 lakes and streams in California that will no

> longer receive trout plants thanks to a lawsuit settlement

> this past week between the Department of Fish and Game and

> environmentalists.


> The Center for Biological Diversity sued the DFG mainly to

> protect frogs and pollywogs, charging that fish can't be

> stocked without the DFG completing an Environmental Impact

> Report. Even though the DFG has stocked many of the lakes

> for generations, it's over now at many of the best. The

> ban takes effect immediately.


> In the Bay Area, the DFG halted trout stocks at Bon Tempe,

> Lagunitas and Alpine lakes in Marin, and Stevens Creek

> Reservoir near Monta Vista on the south peninsula. That

> means from Novato in north Marin on south to San Jose, the

> only lake left with fishing is troubled Lake Merced in San

> Francisco, where trout plants and fishing under the San

> Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has deteriorated

> to a joke.


> According to the DFG, this settlement was the best it could

> hope for after the Center for Biological Diversity and

> Pacific Rivers Council sued the DFG in October of 2006. The

> Stanford Environmental Law Clinic represented the enviros

> and argued in Superior Court that the DFG should be required

> to complete an Environmental Impact Report for each lake or

> stream before the DFG could be permitted to plant trout at

> any of them.


> That threatened to stop all trout plants, said Jordan

> Traverso, DFG deputy director.


> "We actually were pleased with the negotiations,"

> Traverso said. "When we got into court Nov. 7, we were

> told to work something out or stop the plants."


> The DFG did not choose the list of lakes and streams where

> plants will be stopped, she said. Rather a list of

> parameters was put in place. The presence of any of 27

> species, most prominently, frogs and tadpoles, the size of

> the lake, whether it was a reservoir or natural lake, and

> whether it was connected to rivers, determined if it was

> blacklisted, Traverso said.


> CEQA the hammer

> "The premise in the original lawsuit was that our

> trout planting program was not compliant to CEQA (California

> Environmental Quality Act), that we had not undergone an EIR

> (Environmental Impact Report) for each lake," Traverso

> said. "That means the department is required to create

> an environmental impact report for something that has been

> going on for more than 100 years."


> On the surface, the cutbacks are intended to protect frogs

> and pollywogs, which trout occasionally feed on. But several

> state and federal scientists told me that the ban on trout

> plants will do nothing to increase frog populations.


> Traverso acknowledged that. "There could be a million

> other factors (with frogs and pollywogs) that have nothing

> to do with fish stocking," she said.


> At a wilderness lake in the Humphrey Basin in the high

> Sierra, all trout in the lake were netted out and killed to

> protect endangered frogs. Yet all of the frogs died anyway

> the following year, killed by chitrid fungus, according to

> Roland Knapp of the Sierra Nevada Research Laboratory.

> "It's a mystery and we don't know who the real

> bad guy is," Knapp said at the time. Although Knapp is

> a proponent of eliminating trout, he admitted that the trout

> had nothing to do with all the frogs disappearing at the

> test lake in the Humphrey Basin.


> Noah Greenwald, program director for the Center for

> Biological Diversity, lead party of the lawsuit, issued this

> statement in regard to his victory to stop plants at 175

> lakes and streams: "Interim measures limiting stocking

> are needed to help save California's native fish and

> frogs from extinction." He didn't return a phone

> call. I wanted to ask him how many of the 175 lakes and

> streams being blacklisted has he actually been to.


> Impacts widespread

> The scope of the plant shutdown is stunning in some areas.


> It includes: Lake Amador, one of the best trout lakes in

> the Sacramento Valley foothills; Taylor Lake in the Russian

> Wilderness, the only wheelchair-accessible wilderness lake

> with trout fishing in the state; Ice House Reservoir, the

> sensational fishing lake in the Crystal Basin; and the Yuba

> River along Highway 49, one of the best trout streams in the

> Sierra.


> An example of how the shutdown could devastate an

> area's economy is the Highway 4 corridor, where pretty

> Alpine Lake, Mosquito Lake and Spicer Meadows provide the

> only lakes with fishing. Stocking trout will be stopped at

> all three, leaving roughly a 100-mile range across the

> Sierra that runs from Angels Camp through Murphys, Arnold,

> Dorrington and Bear Valley, with no lake to fish.


> At this point, with the highest-priced fishing license in

> the nation, the only DFG response that would make sense

> would be to immediately increase stocks wherever they are

> permitted. By law, one-third of all fishing license money is

> required to go to the DFG trout program, which would roughly

> double stocks at the lakes on the "OK list" if

> finally implemented.


> At the same time, the success of this lawsuit by

> environmental factions should throw a scare into all who

> fish or hunt. With the same premise, that an EIR is required

> before fish are stocked or hunting is permitted, a similar

> lawsuit could shut down virtually any fishing or hunting

> program.


> No stocks

> Notable lakes and streams that will not be stocked in the

> future include (north to south):


> Bay-Delta region: Contra Costa County: Lafayette Res., San

> Pablo Res.; Marin County: Alpine Lake, Bon Tempe Res.,

> Lagunitas Lake; Napa County: Lake Hennessey; Santa Clara

> County: Cottonwood Lake, Coyote Res., Lexington Res.,

> Stevens Creek Res.; Santa Cruz County: Loch Lomond Res.;

> Solano County: Putah Creek, Lake Solano.


> North Central region: Alpine County: Alpine Lake, Upper

> Blue Lake, Carson River (both East Fork and West Fork),

> Mosquito Lake, Silver Creek, Spicer Meadows Res., Union Res.

> Amador County: Lake Amador, Bear River Res., Mokelumne

> River. Butte County: Paradise Res., Thermalito Forebay.


> Calaveras County: White Pines Lake; Colusa County: Letts

> Lake. El Dorado County: American River, both Silver Fork and

> South Fork; Echo Lakes, Ice House Res., Jenkinson Lake,

> Stumpy Meadows Res., Taylor Creek, Wrights Lake. Glenn

> County: Plaskett Meadow Pond.


> Lake County: Upper Blue Lake, Cache Creek, Indian Valley

> Res., Lake Pillsbury. Nevada County: Boca Res., Bowman Lake,

> Donner Lake, Lyons Lake, Martis Creek Res., Prosser Res.

> Rollins Lake, Scott Flat Lake, Lake Spaulding; Placer

> County: Sugar Pine Res., Truckee River. Plumas County:

> Antelope Lake, Middle Fork and North Fork Feather River,

> Jamison Creek, Spanish Creek. Sacramento County: Lake

> Natoma. Sierra County: Little Truckee River, Yuba River.


> Northern region: Humboldt County: Freshwater Lagoon.

> Siskiyou County: Castle Lake, Dobkins Lake, Gumboot Lake,

> Big Hancock Lake, Sky High Lakes, Taylor Lake, Toad Lake,

> Paradise Lake, many others in Trinity Alps, Russian and

> Marble Mountain Wilderness areas. Trinity County: Boulder

> Lake, Bull Lake, Grizzly Lake, Tamarack Lake. Lassen County:

> Ash Creek. Modoc County: South Fork Pit River.


> Central region: Kern County: Kern River. Tulare County:

> Kaweah River, lower Kern River. Tuolumne County: South Fork

> Stanislaus River.


> Eastern Sierra: Inyo County: Pine Creek. Mono/Madera

> County: Sotcher Lake.


> Complete list: Go to dfg.ca.gov, then click on news item in

> far right column.


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:laught16: Planted fish are purt' near worthless genetic retards where over 80% die in the first few days waiting for their fish food pellets,just like aquaruim fish. $50+ million Cantara study proved it over the 10 year intensive study. A flood year wiped out nearly as many fish as the ungodly Cantara Spill !! NBFD--just less cash for the bloody fish cops to use to hassle us-Tons a au 2 u2 -John
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