In 2008, the Coalition filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Game, now the Department of Fish and Wildlife, for violating the federal Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit resulted in the DFG presenting a recommendation to the California Fish and Game Commission to properly adjust fishing regulations to responsibly manage striped bass populations.
The Commission considered the recommendation, but ultimately allowed partisan factions in the Commission to misguidedly decline the adjustment of size and bag limits on the non-native predators. The Commission failed to seriously take into account the many public comments including those by NOAA Marine Fisheries Service; Representatives Cook, Costa, and Randanovich; and the Coalition.
Although the California Fish and Game Commission refused the Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to curtail striped bass predation, efforts are still underway to address this key stressor.