AB 1201, as amended, Salas. Fish and wildlife: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: predation by nonnative species.
The California Endangered Species Act prohibits the taking of an endangered, threatened, or candidate species, except as specified. Under the act, the Department of Fish and Wildlife may authorize the take of listed species if the take is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity and the impacts are minimized and fully mitigated.
This bill would require the department, by June 30, 2016, to develop a science-based approach that addresses predation by nonnative species upon species of fish listed pursuant to the act that reside all or a portion of their lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) Promoting the long-term ecological health of the
4Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and
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6reliable and sustainable water supply for all Californians.
7(b) Salmon are an iconic native California fish that are important
8to California’s economic, recreational, and environmental welfare.
9 California’s $1.5 billion commercial and recreational salmon
10fishing industries employ tens of thousands of people, provide
11endless recreational opportunities, and remain an important part
12of the cultural heritage of California’s Native American tribes.
13Winter-run Chinook salmon were listed as endangered under the
14federal Endangered Species Act in 1994.
15(c) Despite efforts to protect
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16Kodiak trawl survey by the Department of Fish and Wildlife
17recorded the lowest number ever for the species.
18(d) Ongoing drought conditions have significant impacts on
19California’s environment, fish and wildlife, residents, farms, and
20businesses, and have worsened conditions for
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21salmon and delta smelt and further
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23(e) State and federal regulators must take concerted efforts to
24protect the environment, fish and wildlife, the economy, and
25residents of this state from the ongoing implications of drought
26and future water scarcity.
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can cause mortality among
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29populations continue to decline, ongoing predation may further
30negatively impact their potential recovery and hasten their
32(g) It is the policy of the State of California to protect native
33species, particularly those at risk of extinction.
34Consistent with that policy, it is important to evaluate
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35populations of nonnative species that pose a risk to such native
36species can be managedend delete
37that enhances the potential for native species’ survival.
Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 6940) is added
2to Part 1 of Division 6 of the Fish and Game Code, to read:
(a) The department shall, by June 30, 2016, develop a
7science-based approach that helps address predation by nonnative
8species upon species listed pursuant to Chapter 1.5 (commencing
9with Section 2050) of Division 3 that reside all or a portion of their
10lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, as defined in Section
1112220 of the Water Code.
15(b) The department shall not implement the
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17Legislature appropriates funds to implement the science-based