AB 165, as amended, Beth Gaines. Commercial fishing: crayfish.
Existing law governing the commercial fishing of crayfish prohibits the sale or purchase of crayfish taken from Lake Tahoe or the Lake Tahoe Basin.
This bill would repeal that provision.
Existing law requires the taking of crayfish to be subject to regulations as prescribed by the Fish and Game Commission.
This bill would
begin delete state legislative intent regarding the commercial taking of crayfish in Lake Tahoe or the Lake Tahoe Basin.end delete
This bill would require the commission to ensure that, with respect to the taking of crayfish for commercial purposes in Lake Tahoe or in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the commission’s regulations are consistent with the Lake Tahoe Region Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, as amended.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 8490 of the Fish and Game Code is
Section 8491 of the Fish and Game Code is amended
4and renumbered to read:
The taking of crayfish shall be subject to regulations as
6prescribed by the commission.
Section 8491 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that any allowance
10for the commercial taking of crayfish in Lake Tahoe or in the Lake
11Tahoe Basin be for the primary purpose of population reduction
12and control of the signal crayfish, an invasive species, and that the
13commercial taking of crayfish be allowed only to the extent that
14it is consistent with state goals for management of invasive species
15and environmental standards.
26(b) The commission shall ensure that, with respect to the taking
27of crayfish for commercial purposes in Lake Tahoe or in the Lake
28Tahoe Basin, the commission’s regulations are consistent with the
29Lake Tahoe Region Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan,