Re: Public Invited to Discuss Proposed Regulation Changes for Striped Bass
Posted by Bob R on 2011-11-02 11:42:12
in reply to Re: Public Invited to Discuss Proposed Regulation Changes for Striped Bass posted by Marty Gingras on 2011-10-31 21:31:20
Marty: "My hope is that the discussion about our proposal will be heavy on facts and light on rhetoric."
Unfortunately, "facts" don't have much to do with these kinds of proposals. Politics does.
Here's the calculation I think in heads of fisheries managers:
1.The wealthy growers and developers down south want all or most of N. California's water (recently in the Chronicle had a story about how they are tring to "fast track" two enormous tunnels around or under the delta to suck more water south).
The Growers/developers are all big contributors to california's political elected officials (governor,etc.) for both Republicans AND Democrats ( I think Jerry got 50K from Stewart Resnick in last election).
The Governor picks the head of DFG and I think the commission.
2.The state is cutting a lot of jobs.
Biologists and other officials in the DFG know what kind of decisions and "proposals" help them stay employed and get promotions. It's an instinct as well as a thought process.
3.Ergo: scape goat the stripers and devasate the fishery.
It won't help the salmon or smelt in the long run (they'll probably go down the tubes, literally, sooner or later, too) but I keep my job and my pension and maybe get a promotion to boot.
It's all about $$
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