I’m passing this request and link to the Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Recommendations on to all of you. You can choose to support the group as stated, or form your own comments. This is time sensitive.
Conservation VP Southwest Council
All, This needs a little attention and helping out here since I know how long and hard these guys have been at this and it's worthy. We have all in the past have had club trips or at least participation in fishing at Lee's Ferry which has had a bad time of it this past years due to the drought and experimentation with flow experimentations. I think for the most part the interest has dwindled in going there because of this. There is now a plan to bring it back like it was 10 years ago in. It's as simple as making comment as an individual or entity on the NPS website above and sending John Jordan an Email as a signatory.
Lees Ferry Glen Canyon Dam Fish Management
We are in the final phase of organizing support for the Lees Ferry fishery elements of the Long Term Experimental Management Plan EIS for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam. The LTEMP EIS will set the operation of the dam for the next twenty years and have a determinative effect on the success of the trout fishery. The support of fishing and sportsman clubs, organizations, and individual anglers is critical in achieving support for amendments to the draft EIS plan. In addition to individual letters we believe that a collective group letter is a most effective way of demonstrating broad support to the Federal agencies preparing the final EIS.
The Marble Canyon community members including business’s and guides are a most important element in influencing the content of the final LTEMP EIS. We would like to include you and/or your business/lodge on the attached comment letter related to the EIS, which will list supporting individuals and organizations. These comments are consistent with the Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Recommendations, which many of you added your names in support. The comments have also been coordinated with and are supported by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Recreational Fishing Representatives (myself, John Hamill, Chris Budwig, and Joe Miller) on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group will be submitting specific changes to the draft EIS that are in line with the general recommendations in the attached letter. Please let me know by May 5 if we may include your name in the letter.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss further you may call me at (602) 840-4224.
Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop, Guides, & Rentals
Cliff Dwellers Lodge
The Fishing Wire April 5, 2016
State's plan would postpone assessments of California Marine Protected Areas
(Sacramento, CA): After promising California anglers that Marine Protected Areas would be assessed after five years, on April 13th the California Fish and Game Commission will consider a controversial plan to extend the required assessments to every 10 years, leading anglers to believe that recreational fishing bans will remain in place for an indefinite period of time.
"There is no question that the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) has been the most controversial environmental issue California's angling community has ever faced," said Marko Mlikotin, executive director of the California Sportfishing League. "It signaled the state's shift from a shared philosophy of conserving California's natural resources to outright protectionism, with little regard to the interests of outdoor recreation and tourism, and recreational fishing's economic benefits."
As the MLPA established the framework for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the state implicitly promised California anglers through the MLPA Master Plan that areas designated as off-limits to commercial and recreational fishing may one day be open to fishing. In fact, they were very specific in their promises. Scientific assessments would be conducted every 5 years, and as fishing populations were restored, so would recreational fishing. Over time, the state established many MPAs along California's coastline, totaling over 850 square miles or over 16% of state coastal waters.
"Deadlines to conduct assessments of MPAs have come and gone, and so apparently have assurances that the state will keep its promise. The same state that did not have the budget to determine where MPAs should be established in the first place, never budgeted for the anticipated costs of conducting the required assessments every five years," said Mlikotin.
On April 13th, in Santa Rosa, California, the California Fish and Game Commission will consider a new Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Master Plan that will extend these assessments from every 5 years to every 10 years, and from a more-specific regional assessment to a statewide assessment. As in the past, the plan does not include any meaningful funding mechanism to conduct future assessments.
The plan has taken on the characteristics of a political ploy to simply kick the can down the road, inviting speculation that DFW's leadership has succumb either to political pressure to make recreational fishing bans permanent and DFW does not have the financial means to conduct the assessments, now or anytime in the foreseeable future. In the past, the state was dependent on private sector dollars to finance the framework for MPAs, and even today, DFW does not have the financial resources to adequately enforce MPAs. In addition, lack of funding is also being attributed to DFW's controversial decision to reduce trout stockings.
The plan could not come before the Fish and Game Commission at a worst time. It is functioning with only three commissioners and two vacancies after several longstanding commissioners resigned out of frustration. They say a relentless anti-hunting and fishing political agenda became tiresome. What's more, two recently appointed commissioners, who now represent a majority on the commission, have no institutional knowledge of critical fishery management policy issues or commitments made to California recreational anglers.
"We can only hope that the current commission feels obligated to restore faith with those they regulate, and hold DFW accountable for not conducting timely assessments. Absent any evidence that MPAs should be extended, they should at the very least change the proposed Master Plan to restore recreational fishing to hundreds of square miles of California's coast as the first step to honoring a promise made. If not, California anglers will have no reason to believe future commitments, further fueling an antagonistic relationship that was once a strong partnership," said Mlikotin.
California anglers are invited to sign a petition, found on CSL's website, that calls for the California Fish and Game Commission to keep their promise to California anglers.
The California Sportfishing League (CSL) is a nonprofit coalition of fresh and saltwater anglers, and small business owners devoted to protecting access to recreational fishing. Recreational fishing contributes over $4.9 billion annually to California's economy, a major source of outdoor tourism and jobs.
For more information about California's leading recreational fishing organization and issues facing California anglers, visit www.sportfishingconservation.org ,
www.facebook.com/CASportfishingLeague and @CASportfishing
Contact: Marko Mlikotin
See more at: The Fishing Wire
Think the drought is over? Think again. This article is a must read.
ENSO the Drought Strikes Back! The 2016 Drought so far March 1
California Water Blog By Jay Lund
Posted on February 28, 2016 by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Summary of conditions
February 2016 has been dry, despite El Nino-besotted promises of aqueous abundance. There is sometimes a difference between climate conditions and hydrologic reality (and economic reality).
Annual precipitation and snowpack are now about average or a little less. Fortunately, the largest reservoirs continue to fill slowly, relative to previous drought years, with still about 6 million acre ft of surface water storage deficit for this time of year. Groundwater will be recharging, as it should this time of year in most places, but we still sit atop a large dry hole.