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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:48 am

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UPSAC has formally joined a petition along with 20 other California recreational fishing organizations to support the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Thanks to the UPSAC board for their consideration of this matter, and to Brent Plater at the Center For Biological Diversity for asking UPSAC to join.


The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senators Feinstein and Boxer:

On behalf of the tens of thousands of members we represent in both recreational and commercial fishing, we would like to express our strong support for the Endangered Species Act. As a consortium of California Fishing organizations, we are concerned about the current attempt to change the Endangered Species Act because these changes will reduce the protections necessary to safeguard California's fisheries.

California has a long history of containing some of the most prolific fisheries in the Western United States. At one time, our salmon fishery was second only to that on the Columbia River, and the commercial salmon canning industry began on the Sacramento River. Recreational and commercial fishing has been an integral part of the fabric of California for over 150 years. Today, most of California's fisheries are weakened, and require the protection of not only state and federal regulation, but protections under the Endangered Species Act. Both protection of the individual species and protections of the habitats that support them have been necessary. Sacramento winter run Chinook Salmon, Central Valley Steelhead, Sacramento Valley spring run Chinook Salmon, California Silver (Coho) Salmon and Delta Smelt are some of the fresh and saltwater fish protected by the designation of Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

We must continue to protect the habitat of endangered fish, plants and wildlife and we must hold true to the Act's principle of recovery as the ultimate goal. One of the most effective ways to protect species is to protect the places where they live. The Endangered Species Act protects the critical habitat that is needed to prevent the extinction of endangered species. The Act requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use the most rigorous science available when developing common sense solutions to protect America's threatened and endangered wildlife.

The Endangered Species Act stands for fundamental principles that we all believe in and cannot allow to be weakened or removed. Eighty-six percent of American voters support the Endangered Species Act. Fully 95% of voters agree that one of the most effective ways to protect species is to protect the places they live. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to be good stewards of the environment and leave behind a legacy of protecting endangered species and the special places they call home.

The Endangered Species Act is now under threat from special interests, and the politicians they give money to. The House of Representatives has passed a bill, HR 3824 (Rep. Pombo), that would significantly weaken protections for endangered fish and their habitats. If this bill, or some version of it, becomes law, it would eliminate habitat protections, abandon the commitment to recovering species, repeal protections against hazardous pesticides, and politicize the scientific decision-making process. In addition, it would set up an unprecedented entitlement program that would require the federal government to use taxpayer dollars to pay developers for complying with the Act's prohibition against killing or injuring endangered species.

Senators, we are asking you to support the Endangered Species Act, and oppose any bill that would weaken protections for endangered species and habitat. Our California fresh and saltwater fisheries depend on it. Thank you for your work to protect our nation's environment and natural resources. We look forward to working with you to protect endangered species.


Mr. Phil Greenlee, President
Northern California Council,
Federation of Fly Fishers

Mr. Brian Stranko
Executive Director
California Trout

Mr. Roger DiFate, Chair
Bass Classics of Santa Clara

Mr. Alan Levine, Director
Coast Action Group

Mr. Gary R. Adams
State Board President
California Striped Bass Association

Mr. Alex Siemers, President
Southwest Council,
Federation of Fly Fishers

Mr. Stan Griffin, President
Trout Unlimited, California

Mr. Bill Jennings, Chairman
Executive Director
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance

Mr. Bill Sunderland, President
Gold Country Fly Fishers
Nevada City, California

Ms. Cindy Charles
Conservation Chair
Golden West Women Fly Fishers

Mr. Mike Brinkley
Conservation Chair
Flycasters of San Jose

Mr. Malcolm Dunn
President, Mission Peak Fly Anglers
Fremont, California

Mr. Larry Dennis
Conservation Chair, President 2004
Tracy Fly Fishers

Mr. John Murphy
Secretary, Stanislaus Fly Fishermen
Modesto, Calif.

Mr. Robert Strickland, President
United Anglers of California
San Jose, California.

Dr. Dougald Scott
Conservation Chair
Santa Cruz Fly Fishers

Mr. Derrell Bridgeman,
Conservation Chair
Tri Valley Fly Fishers
Pleasanton, California

Mr. Zeke Grader, President
Pacific Coast Federation of
Fisherman's Associations

Mr. David Longacre, President
Palo Alto Flyfishers
Palo Alto, California

United Pier & Shore Anglers of California
San Diego, California
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