Here's the fish farming groups' take on the lawsuit:
On September 19, the Sacramento Superior Court ruled against a lawsuit filed by the California Association for Recreational Fishing (CARF) and litigated by the Pacific Legal Foundation. As a result, the Department of Fish and Game intends on implementing fish stocking regulations that will have a profound financial impact on California lake operators and the fish farmers that stock over 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, and over 20,000 ponds — and your favorite restaurants and market.
Lakes and water districts could see costly environmental assessments that could cost over $100,000, forcing lake operators and the family fish farmers that grow some of the world's healthiest fish out of business.
Yes, as indicated in the Sacramento Bee, the Department will impose environmental assessments on every body of water that stocks fish, even though the Fish and Game Commission rejected them unanimously last December. As you may recall, over 60 organizations and major employers opposed the regulations for being too onerous and costly. This coalition represents sports fishermen, water districts, small business owners, retailers, manufactures, restaurants, agriculture, local government, golf courses, tourism and campgrounds, hotels and tourism -- and many more!
In the coming weeks, CARF will have to decide whether to appeal the Court's decision. This decision will be based on the response we receive from our members and coalition partners. This is why we need to hear from you. Please let us know by emailing email@example.com. As indicated in the Bee, the regulations will once again come before the Fish and Game Commission for consideration -- and the outcome could be very different since the terms of several Commissioners will have expired.