California Fish and Game Commission

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Northern Spotted Owl Listed As a Threatened Species Under the California Endangered Species Act

On August 25, 2016, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted unanimously to list the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act. ...more

CA Lawmaker Floats a Legislative Fix to Siskiyou County Farm Bureau Case

Last summer, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a sweeping ruling in Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. Department of Fish and Wildlife, which made any substantial diversions of water subject to the streambed alteration...more

California Fish & Game Commission Adopts “Very, Very Low” Standard for Candidacy under California ESA

El Niño has recently brought lots of rain to California, but it’s not quite time to start loading the animals two-by-two. However, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) did its part yesterday to save a...more

Major Changes Underway at the California Fish and Game Commission

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) is in the midst of major changes. The Commission, which was established in 1870, has been led by a body of five commissioners since 1937. The Commission has a small staff...more

A Good Reminder: State and Federal Wildlife Laws Have Severe Penalties for Harm to Endangered Species

Welcome to the New Year! I have decided to declare 2016 to be the year of the endangered species. Why? We ended 2015 with a bang by seeing how serious the take prohibition in the California Fish and Game Code can be for fully...more

California Fish and Game Commission Designates Tricolored Blackbird as a Candidate Species under California Endangered Species Act

On December 10, 2015, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) voted to advance the tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) as a candidate species for listing under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). ...more

Take of Fully Protected Fish Stops Large Housing Development Project in LA County

While many of us were busy hitting refresh for those great Cyber Monday deals, the California Supreme Court quietly issued its decision on the Newhall Ranch project. In a decision reminiscent of the snail darter era, the...more

In California, A Snail Is Sometimes A Fish And A Goldfish Isn’t

With statutes, it can be dangerous to rely on plain meaning. Most people, for example, would not consider an amphibian, such as a frog, or a mollusk, such as a snail, to be fish. However, the California Fish & Game Code...more

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposes Rules Regulating Nesting Birds and Birds of Prey

On August 14, 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to nesting birds and birds of prey.  Specifically, the Department is proposing to adopt...more

Governor Brown Nominates Two for Fish and Game Commission

Governor Brown has announced the nomination of Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams to serve on the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission). The five-member Commission is established under article IV, section 20 of the...more

Fish & Game Code Section 1602 Is Unambiguous, Now Requiring More Water Users To Provide “1602 Notification” To “Substantially...

On June 4, 2015, the Court of Appeal ruled that California Fish and Game Code section 1602 (“Section 1602”) unambiguously requires notification to the Department of Fish and Wildlife (“Department”) if an entity or individual...more

California Fish and Game Commission Votes Not to Make Tricolored Blackbird Candidate for Listing

Thursday, in response to a petition to list filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) determined not to make the tricolored blackbird (agelaius...more

California Fish and Game Commission Decides to List Tricolored Blackbird on an Emergency Basis

Today, in response to a petition to list (pdf) filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in October 2014, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) extended protection to the tricolored blackbird (agelaius...more

California Fish And Game Commission Delays Listing Decision For Gray Wolf

The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) unanimously voted to postpone a decision on whether to list the gray wolf (Canis lupus) under the California Endangered Species Act...more

Thoughts of Tsukiji, the California Constitution and the Corporations Code

Lately, I’ve been reading Theodore C. Bestor’s, Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World. Thus, it is no surprise that my thoughts of late have been on piscatorial matters....more

Great White Shark Protected Under California Endangered Species Act

On March 1, 2013, the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) received protection under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The protections prohibit anyone from hunting, pursuing, or otherwise harming the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Supreme Court rejects Ninth Circuit ruling on County of L.A. storm water discharges; Federal judge halts major Lake Tahoe ski resort expansion; Lawsuit seeks to stop Rose...more

Petition Filed Seeking State Protection For California Townsend Big-Eared Bat

On October 18, 2012, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition requesting that the California Fish and Game Commission list the Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) as endangered or threatened...more

Governor Signs Legislation Amending Fish And Game Code In Response To Input From Strategic Vision Process

On September 25, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2402 and Senate Bill 1148, which make a number of changes to the Fish and Game Code, into law. AB 2402 was sponsored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman and SB 1148...more

Governor Brown Signs Law Barring Use Of Dogs To Hunt Bears And Bobcats

Governor Brown signed a bill into law that generally makes it unlawful to permit or allow a dog to pursue a bear or bobcat at any time. The bill, introduced as SB 1221 by State Senator Ted Lieu, is intended to curb the use of...more

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