In late 2008, the Coalition filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) for violating the ESA through its enforcement of State sport fishing regulations. These regulations protect non-native striped bass at the expense of several native endangered and threatened species, including delta smelt and salmon.
The lawsuit was settled in March 2011. Pursuant to the settlement, DFW was required to collaborate with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to develop a joint regulatory proposal addressing the impacts of sport-fishing regulations on listed species. The proposal was later presented to the California Fish and Game Commission. While the Commission declined to approve the recommendation, these efforts significantly raised awareness regarding the impacts of predation on listed species in the Delta. The Coalition efforts to address predation by striped bass are continuing. For more information on this issue please visit our Striped Bass and Predation pages.