Commission to hold meeting to give CDFW authority to suspend sportfishing in some areas

Stockton Record

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife just extended a statewide sportfishing ban until May 4 because of coronavirus concerns, but recreational fishing in California inland water waters not already closed to recreation by local jurisdictions and water agencies remains open at this time.

However, the California Fish and Game Commission will remotely meet at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, to discuss delegating temporary authority to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to “delay, suspend or restrict sport or recreational fishing” if the CDFW director, in consultation with the president of the commission, finds that such action is necessary to protect against the threat from COVID-19 based on state, federal, local and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed emergency regulation by calling (877) 402-9753 or (636) 651-3141; access code 832 4310. The agenda and call-in information is now available on the commission’s website at https://bit.ly/3dXbYWi.

The request by CDFW Director Chuck Bonham takes place at a time when a number of county officials are concerned that travelers will spread the virus to rural communities.

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