Re: Public Invited to Discuss Proposed Regulation Changes for Striped Bass

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Posted by Ralph on 2011-11-03 11:18:16 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

Regarding: the link to literature cited in your staff report.
Since DF&G hasn't issued a summary review, can we see the staff report itself? The clock is winding down towards this meeting.

Based on what I have read so far, it seems that the literature cited in your staff report has been chosen to prove a point rather than to represent a balanced view of the big picture. As a (glaring) example, Dr. Moyle is widely recognized as one of the premier experts on the Delta fishery but his well published defense of striped bass is not included. Your staff is getting blind sided with prejudice rather than science.

I have a very open mind regarding the issue. I am firmly in your camp if science suggests that the eradication of striped bass will bolster native stocks; yet, I am getting the strong sense that I am being sold a bill of goods to meet a political rather than a biological objective. If the true objective is to protect native T&E species, largemouth bass would certainly be included in the proposal. No amount of "we need more studies" will convince me otherwise. LMB are the most highly researched inland fish in North America. My hunch is the DF&G is afraid to raise the ire of the well established, well connected, and well financed bass constituency.

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