Below are hyperlinks to the California Fish and Game Commission meeting scheduled over two days with Part 1 starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 at 10 a.m., with Part 2 scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at 9 a.m. The question is: “Will this be deja vu all over again?”
You may recall that last week’s special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, erupted in chaos as the teleconference was overwhelmed by the sheer number of callers joining in, several of whom would not follow instructions to mute their devices, and then the meeting ended up being cancelled as two members needed for a quorum were unable to log in. The commission was unable to conduct business under the circumstances. (See our earlier new’s post on April 9 – Mayhem at CDFG Commission Teleconference Meeting on Postponing Fishing Season.)
The meeting tomorrow is to discuss the subject of last week’s meeting “to consider authorizing a limited ban on sportfishing in some areas and delaying the opening date for the fishing season amid the coronavirus pandemic.” The new approach seeks to limit who can or cannot speak based on pre-registration with the meeting moderator to avoid the issue of participants refusing to mute their devices and deliberately seeking to disrupt the teleconference meeting.
As of 1 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 14), three of the links provided below, other than “Agenda,” have no information other than “April 15-16, 2020 Fish and Game Commission Meeting Presentations, ‘Thank you very much for your interest in the April 15-16, 2020 meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission. All of the presentations for the meeting will be posted in PDF format shortly.'”
There may be another firestorm of criticism coming even if the new teleconference approach is successful and the meeting is held. There are strong arguments and opinions both pro and con held by the fishing community.
With the Governor Gavin Newsom’s “StayAtHome” executive order in place, along with the emergency orders from the local Public Health officers in Inyo and Mono counties, the facts on the ground are that Crowley Lake and many other popular fishing venues are closed to the public, as are all the campgrounds and lodging accommodations, along with almost all local businesses and most restaurants (excepting those offering take-out and delivery) here in the Eastern Sierra.