Trout hatcheries proponent, former Mono Senator Dave Cogdill, issued an email on Thursday to say he believes “barring a miracle, Senate Bill 1148 will pass the legislature, and I’m confident the Governor will sign it,” said the former Senator. Cogdill thinks the “environmental community will be in charge of trout hatcheries.” The organization CalTrout thinks SB 1148 is a good thing.
CalTrout had issued a statement that said SB 1148 “does not diminish funding for hatcheries, would reaffirm AB 7’s establishment of the Heritage and Wild Trout program, would tell Fish and Game to stock fish in areas where they are most needed, and doesn’t harm the genetic integrity of existing wild trout populations.”
Cogdill said in his opinion the bill will mean that “CalTrout, Trout Unlimited and the larger environmental community will now, in effect, be in charge of the trout programs at the Department of Fish and Game.” Cogdill said that the hatcheries will get what Fish and Game decides to give them with “little if any regard for what anglers want.” Cogdill points a finger of blame at the Brown Administration.
CalTrout maintains that if the bill passes it will not damage the Eastern Sierra’s tourist economy by harm to the hatchery and trout planting programs. CalTrout Conservation Director Curtis Knight wrote that SB 1148 supports hatchery goals which are not currently being met.
As the California Legislature winds down its session, a vote on SB 1148 was expected today.
It is my hope and view that Cal Trout is doing it’s job,that of advocating for the interests of trout in the Golden State. To me, I like to see trout swimming in our lakes and streams. I like to see kids with parents fishing. Even though it’s not my… Read more »
PhilipA- like you i sure hope CalTrout doesn’t use their newly aquired power to prove my fears of them correct. If I end up having to buy flies and barbless hooks in the near future, I’m going to be pissed.
oops mispelled my name its salblaster not sailblaster.
I thought big Al might be Howard Hughes.
Naw, Big Al is our resident clown.
Society needs a laugh now and then.
And you can count on Big to provide provide the yucks.
Why does EVERYTHING have to be factual and have substance?
What ever you say Comic .. that was pretty funny.
LOL you figured that out all by yourself Dr. Facts, I’m proud of you!
well said big al. were you a speech writer in a former life. with all the politicians that will say anything, do anything to get whats in their own best interest, and all parties doing it. seems you can’t trust anybody these days. just buckle up and enjoy the ride.
I hear ya sailblaster
Big Al must be an elected official And not in a former life – but now. Same goes for the guy who calls himself “Bill” (same guy as Al?) Study the responses re: the subject matter and you will come up with some rather interesting conclusions as the real identity.… Read more »
I read Cogdill’s statement as contradicting itself. First: “does not diminish funding for hatcheries, would reaffirm AB 7′s establishment of the Heritage and Wild Trout program, would tell Fish and Game to stock fish in areas where they are most needed,” Then: “little if any regard for what anglers want.”… Read more »
Actually CalTrout made the first statement you quoted and the third. Cogdill made the middle statement.
Oh, right. Not enough coffee. Still, seems like a lot of to do about nothing.
Now, you wouldn’t be pulling the ol’ “Let’s you and him fight” game, would you Benett?
Seems like you like to editorialize a lot today.
And this seems to always end in a negative scenario.
I have no idea what you are talking about.
Of course you don’t.
It’s my blog- I prescribe Prozac.
You’re a hoot, Trouble.
Funniest person on this blog.
Well at least there is a laugh to take the edge off.
Well .. the story above sounds two sided … starts off sounding like he is in favor of it. “barring a miracle … he is confident the governor will sign it. Then goes on with sounding like he is against it. The way it is written eludes to the fact… Read more »
Bring your Opening Day catch to Bishop City Park on Saturday, April 28, for the local Rainbow Trout Festival. Fish will be displayed beginning at 2 p.m. For each fish entered, receive one ticket to the HUGE RAFFLE! Prizes awarded at 7 p.m. and will include rod & reel combos,… Read more »
Hmmm. Who would give a thumbs down to what Bishop did to help their fish industry (as Bishop did with their successful Rainbow Trout Festival? You don’t suppose these types favor local government bailouts? Earmarks? Our tax dollars? Where is the Tea Party when it’s most needed to stop the… Read more »
I don’t know what to make of Cogdill anymore. I still kind of think he is in bed with Cal-Trout. But I do expect cal-Cal to generally screw the Eastern Sierra’s in the long run. Our hatcheries will now be told where to put our trout by a group that… Read more »
Why do you think Cogdill is in bed with CalTrout when everything he says contradicts CalTrout?
Thank you. Benett. I’ve been trying to explain that to Trouble for a week now! Codgill is playing political games and he is taking SB1148 too personally. He tried to get AB7 passed for a long time and it wasn’t until Cal Trout came aboard (w/ their own additions for… Read more »
O.K. Bill, I will join Cal-Trout to see if they really do have our best interest in mind. I hope you are correct. As you can see , I clearly don’t like people messing with our already good fishing conditions up here.
I respect your passion and persistence, Trouble. It’s just that I think these fishing issues have a lot of misinformation, a common issue w/ fishing/hunting rules/regs these days.
I agree with Trouble however I believe, being raised in the Owens Valley, that there should be NO OUTSIDE agency telling F & G where they can plant and how many. The professionals at the hatcheries know best how to use the resources they have. The hatcheries have been cut… Read more »
Take a page from Mammoth Lake’s success story this summer. Since tourists have flocked to Mammoth this summer looking for … let’s just say, All sorts of activities, here is another way to get the funding you are searching for: The Sierra Fly Fishing Festival is held outside each spring… Read more »
He has been involved with them since at least 2006. He was given Cal-Trouts Golden Trout Award in 2006 according to his on list of awards on his state senator wed site. Why was he awarded this and why did he accept it if he is against them? He also… Read more »
Matters are not usually black and white, certainly in the political arena. As opposing ideologies fight for their views, they frequently
try to negotiate with one another to move things ahead. Working with someone doesn’t mean you are on their side.
Very well said, Benett…
I’d sure like to know why he got their award???
Let’s cut to the chase. The fish industry people are looking for ways to fund their industry. Perhaps even through subsidies which most people are against. ie., airline industry subsidies. Mammoth Lakes has successfully drawn the tourists to town by entertaining them with musical concerts of all kinds, art festivals,… Read more »
Good idea. I would extend your suggestion to include all events and the airport subsidies. Let NGO’s like the Chamber of Commerce figure out how to fund those events and give subsidies where needed. For example: the Tequila Festival raided Measure U funds and the promoters of that event made… Read more »
Why not run for County Supervisor and turn that socialistic notion of government bailing out the air industry around, Ken? And while you’re at it, propose an agreement to be signed by all supes agreeing to be punished when the get caught greasing palms? I’ll vote for you in a… Read more »
No Subsidies Please, Dept of Fish and Game is directly funded by fishing and hunting license revenue and special tags purchased by hunters and fishermen!!! These tags/licenses generate millions of dollars. I said it before, it’s a “pay to play” situation. SB1148 – is a bill that reorganizes and allocates… Read more »
No Subsidies Please said, “The fish industry people are looking for ways to fund their industry.” CA DFG’s budget comes DIRECTLY from the sale of fishing/hunting licenses and tags, not from the General Fund of CA. In fact the State of California likely dips their greedy little hands into the… Read more »
From 2003 through 2011, with the help of a great team, I developed, and served as President, of two important (501)c(3) non-profit public benefit corporations that served the interests of Mono County residents. Non-profits are an excellent tool to solicit support for critical projects that affect local residents as well… Read more »
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a two-thirds majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%). Fishing industry included. There should be strict adherence to the United States Constitution reducing government spending and taxes, and reduction of the local/town/county/national debt and budget deficit. There… Read more »
Who in their right mind would give a thumbs down to a moratorium on all earmarks?
What could they possibly be thinking?
The term pork barrel politics usually refers to spending which is intended to benefit constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes. I hope we don’t see this sort of nonsense in OUR local government. There are lots of… Read more »
Typically, “pork” involves funding for government programs whose economic or service benefits are concentrated in a particular area but whose costs are spread among all taxpayers. Public works projects, certain national defense spending projects, and agricultural subsidies are the most commonly cited examples.
Another idea for conducting fundraising events is to see what Trout Unlimited is doing to trout fishermen to donate.
Doesn’t Tim Alpers have a non-profit like this?
He should know how to do it.
If not – why not?
I can’t think of a better person to assist in generating funds for the fishing industry than Tim Alpers. Non-profits are a god-send in lieu of looking for a handout as Mr. Alpers points out on his website. “From 2003 through 2011, with the help of a great team, I… Read more »
Knowbody knows the Aquaculture business that Tim Alpers. He also headed up the correct way to solicit funding for Aquaculture through his not-for-profit organizations. I am sure when he once again is in power, he will reject any and all earmarks and focus on strict adherence to the United States… Read more »
Tim Alper’s not-for-profit orgs once solicited funds for the fishing industry exceeding $300,000!
Way ta go Tim!
The fishing industry in the Sierra CAN be self-sufficient. We need more non-profit activity like this to pull the fish industry out of the jam it is in.
With yet another successful event in Mammoth (Bluegrass & Art) it should be with ease that Tim Alper’s non-profit experience and expertise should generate TWICE the funding as before ($300K) with similar events in the Sierra. Love the Rainbow Trout event Bishop holds. I can see why people voted for… Read more »