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Fish & Game Commission Emergency Meeting Postponed

April 9, 2020

This morning’s emergency Fish and Game Commission meeting is postponed until next week due to overwhelming call and webinar volume. The Commission is considering whether or not to allow to provide temporary authority to the Director of the Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) to delay, suspend, or restrict sport or recreational fishing due to COVID-19 based on state, federal, local, and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs. CSAC is monitoring for updated meeting information and will distribute it when it becomes available.

Please see the joint message from the Commission and DFW below:

“We are very appreciative of the passion we heard from those that were able to join this morning’s call. It is clear that the call volume was overwhelming and the technology wasn’t ready. We acknowledge that this is a challenge as we attempt to navigate new technology for meetings. We are frustrated by what happened today and are looking for a remedy now. We understand that many members of the public and media were unable to join the call and because we also understand the importance to many of you, we need to ensure that you have an opportunity to provide input.

“We want to make sure you know that we have received a great deal of input from counties and tribes, and we are grateful for that. You can always make comment for the record at fgc@fgc.ca.gov.

“We also want to make it crystal clear that today’s proposed decision was not about banning fishing statewide or locally. We are not contemplating statewide closure. The decision is to help prepare us to work with counties and tribes to make those decisions based on their requests. We are working on a tailored and surgical approach based on local needs and knowledge. We have already received some of these requests. Today’s proposed action was an effort to become more nimble and ready to react when asked by a local entity to act.”

When the meeting is rescheduled, it will be posted on the Commission’s website, sent out via listserv and advised to media.”

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