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TU membership renewal: Help save fish and freshwater habitat

» Action Alert | November 12, 2009

Please visit our online action center by Monday, November 16 and tell the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to support wild trout and salmon by improving fish habitat. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is taking public comment on its Draft Environmental Impact Report for fish stocking and hatchery operations through Monday, November 16.

For the past 50 years Trout Unlimited has worked to ensure that wild salmon and trout populations are allowed to thrive, as nature intended. From the beginning, TU has been guided by the principle that if we “take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself.” And that principle has always been grounded in science.
Today, it is more apparent than ever that investing in habitat improvement, rather than hatcheries, is the correct course of action. An overwhelming body of science shows that hatchery fish can devastate wild and native trout populations through genetic contamination, disease, predation, and competition.
Unfortunately, DFG is considering a fish stocking policy that would continue to emphasize stocking fish over improving habitat, even though experience has shown that protecting habitat is the best way to improve fisheries.

Take Action Online today and tell DFG to amend its report to emphasize management of wild fish and protection of habitat.
Please contact us with questions or for further information.
Brian Johnson
Director, CA Water Project

Drew Irby
Council Chair, CA Council

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