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Proposed bill to remove limits on striped bass pitting fishermen against farmers

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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:00 pm

Striped bass have been swimming in the Delta since they were introduced in California in the 1870s.

They've become a staple in the local fishing economy. Aggressive and weighing up to 60 pounds, they are one of fishermen's favorite catches - not only to reel in, but to eat as well.

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5 comments:

  • posted at 12:22 pm on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    Sam, local farmers never caused any problems before the canal, and I bet they farm cleaner now than two decades ago. The problem lies in the ability of the delta to flush itself out, in my opinion.

     
  • posted at 11:54 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    Cog, I agree farmers' chemical runoffs do pollute, but have you checked out Lodi's Waste Water treatment plant? They are big time Delta polluters.I would say it would best to say MAN is doing one hell of a job polluting our Delta. We all need to wake up.We also need to quit sending our good water down south. We need to protect and preserve what is ours. Currently we are not doing a good job.

     
  • posted at 4:23 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    Compare fish numbers of before the canal was built to after. There you'll find the wisdom.

     
  • posted at 2:37 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    Great piece!this Fuller bill is unmasked as yet another thinly-veiled SoCal Delta water grab. Now keep your eyes peeled for the next one- the NeoPeripheral Canal...that proposed 300' WIDE (yes, as wide as a football field is long!)concrete ditch that will divert most of the Sacramento river above Walnut Grove, carry it around and past the Delta and directly into th California Aquaduct pumping station for dispatch to SoCal. The Delta will then become like the salt evaporation ponds in the south Bay.

     
  • posted at 2:16 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    Fish populations are down for two reasons. Toxic chemicals run off of farmland into the rivers, and the flow of these rivers necessary to flush out these toxins has been seriously compromised by pumping. I would be willing to bet that the amount of water pumped out of the delta, and the diminishing fish populations, form the same trend on a graph. The farmers need to keep in mind that fish are food too.

     

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