The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW, formerly California Department of Fish and Game) has raised and stocked fish, such as salmon and trout, in California’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs since the late 1800s. In 2007, the Department received a court order to verify that their Hatchery and Stocking Program complies with the California Environmental Quality Act. FISHBIO participated in a team effort to prepare an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) that reviewed the CDFW Hatchery and Stocking Program. We evaluated the effect of hatchery and stocking activities on 81 threatened or endangered species, including 10 inland trout and 13 anadromous trout and salmon, in hundreds of lakes, rivers, and streams throughout California. We reviewed the operations at all 24 CDFW trout, salmon, and steelhead hatchery facilities; the stocking of trout, salmon, and steelhead in state waters; the issuance of private stocking permits to parties who wish to stock fish; and CDFW protocols used to determine where fish are released. More info.

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