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Bill benefits hatcheries

Last year, more than $48 million was collected for state fishing licenses. Less than $7 million was given to our fish hatcheries. Where did the rest go? No one seems to know. Other agencies have their hands in our pot to the tune of more than $40 million. We need an accounting.

Assemblyman Coghill from the Merced area is presenting Assembly Bill 7 this year. If this bill passes, Fish and Game would be required to give one third of these fees back to the hatcheries. We need this bill passed.

With the heavy fishing we have in this state we just don’t have enough natural fish in our streams and lakes. We need our hatcheries running at their full capacity as they once did. They’ve been cut back over the past years to where many streams and lakes are no longer planted. They are just not getting the funds needed. Last year alone, the poundage of fish raised was cut by over 120,000 pounds. Hatcheries need this extra money returned to them. AB 7 will do this.

Send post cards or call both your district senator and assemblyman. We need their support.

Assembly/Senate address, State Capitol, Sacramento, 94248; phone, (916) 445-5788.

Roy Crain

Grass Valley

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