BILL NUMBER: AB 2336 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Fuller (Coauthor: Assembly Member Gilmore) FEBRUARY 19, 2010 An act to add Section 85308.5 to the Water Code, relating to the Delta. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2336, as introduced, Fuller. Delta Stewardship Council. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009 establishes the Delta Stewardship Council as an independent agency of the state. The act requires the council, on or before January 1, 2012, to develop, adopt, and commence implementation of a comprehensive management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta Plan), meeting specified requirements. This bill would require the council, in the course of developing and adopting the Delta Plan, to assess the adverse impacts of invasive species predation on native species, evaluate predator suppression options in areas of the Delta that evidence the highest levels of predation, and recommend changes in law and actions by state agencies to remedy the situation in as timely a manner as is practicable. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (a) Fish of the genus Morone (striped bass) are a harmful and highly invasive species that is not native to this state. (b) Striped bass, including hybrid species commonly referred to as sunshine bass, palmetto bass, wiper, Virginia bass, Maryland bass, and paradise bass, are native to the eastern coast of the United States, and are typically found from Florida to the St. Lawrence Seaway. Striped bass were intentionally introduced to California in 1879 from the Navesink River in New Jersey. (c) Striped bass are common in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and are estimated to have a population that has fluctuated from a low of 600,000 to a high of 600,000 to 1,000,000 in Clifton Court Forebay alone. (d) Striped bass are known to prey upon and consume a variety of native fish species valued by the people of this state that are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq.) and the California Endangered Species Act (Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 2050) of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code), including winter run, spring run, and fall run Chinook salmon, and Delta smelt. (e) The predation habits and diet of striped bass are contributing to the decline and extirpation of native fish species populations in and from the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (f) In order to protect and preserve the existing populations of native fish species that live in and migrate through the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, it is the intent of the Legislature that the Delta Stewardship Council include in its final Delta Plan the identification of effective programs to discourage the promotion of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as a striped bass sport fishery, to immediately end any existing program for the enhancement, expansion, or improvement of striped bass populations and their habitat, and to eliminate any and all legal restrictions regarding the size or number of striped bass that may be taken, and the season or location in which striped bass may be taken in the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta pursuant to a valid California fishing license. SEC. 2. Section 85308.5 is added to the Water Code, to read: 85308.5. The council, in the course of developing and adopting the Delta Plan, shall assess the adverse impacts of invasive species predation on native species, evaluate predator suppression options in areas of the Delta that evidence the highest levels of predation, and recommend changes in law and actions by state agencies to remedy the situation in as timely a manner as is practicable.