|Four fish stocking concessionaires will defy law suit but may actually be legal
While the concessionaires may believe they are defying the current court order, their stocking may actually be legal since the order allows private stocking if the party has a permit issued by DFG from 2005 on. Read, "DFG adds more clarity to the stocking issue, 80% of previous waters will still be stocked: Many private stocking programs to continue" Ed.
Story by Alex Lane
December 12, 2008 -- Amador County - Lake Amador Manager Bruce Lockhart is among four concessionaires who will stock their lakes with trout, despite threats of a lawsuit from environmental groups. Three concessionaires serving San Pablo and Lafayette Reservoirs in the east bay and Collins Lake in the foothills east of the Sacramento Valley will also continue to stock. All this comes in the wake of a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity that forced the Department of Fish and Game to suspend trout stocking at 175 locations until a comprehensive study on its stocking program is completed in 2010. The action is intended to protect over 25 rare native fish and frog species. Local popular trout fisheries impacted by the settlement include the Truckee River and the Kern River. Lake Kaweah and Lake Isabella will still be stocked. Fish and Game officials quietly came to an agreement last week after hours of backroom talks with environmental group representatives. Fish and Game officials said that while necessary and overdue, the ban could be unwarranted in certain waters. Communities dependent on fishermen for their business voiced objections as soon as the decision was made public.
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