Friday, January 6, 2012

3 years and many fine fish later...

Been away a long while...

At least 700 fishing days since my last post...

2011 was the first year I actually spent more time at home working instead of on the river chasing fish.

Back to my senses in 2012 and it feels great~!

I actually never severed my connection as even while absent from the river I was getting reports from dedicated angler friends. I also spent some time doing advocacy work (meetings, letters, public hearings) to protect that which we all live for and love (fishing in our Sac/SJ Delta watershed).

Here's one such letter sent to a bureaucrat :

Dear politician!

I attained a Bachelor of Science degree in ecology/environmental communication from Humboldt State University.

More importantly, I have fished and studied the fisheries and greater ecology of the Sacramento/San Joaquin delta ecosystem and its tributaries for the last 30 years.

I know from empirical data and factual evidence that the decline in pelagic fish species and more specifically, in endangered fish species (ie, delta smelt and Chinook salmon) is corollary with the increased volumetric flows of fresh water out of the delta watershed. Predation on these listed fish by striped bass is minimal and not a significant factor in their demise as has been recently suggested.

This year, on the American River, we witnessed an amazing return of 2-year class 'king salmon' (Thousands of fish) to the Fair Oaks Bridge. This was the result of A) the CA. Dept of Fish and Game's decision to plant 2 million salmon smolt at a boat launch adjacent to the aforementioned bridge 2 years ago and B) the fact that last winter, we had record snow pack and rainfall which kept our rivers flowing at significantly-higher-than-average levels (3,000-6,000 CFS) during fall of 2011 salmon returns.

During the prior three years, the central valley witnessed drought conditions and the American River flowed at (1,000-1500 CFS). Coincidentally, the American River hosted quite meager salmon returns during those three years.

Even a layperson with no biological background can look at this actual evidence and draw the rightful conclusion that salmon returns are most directly affected by water availability.

Simply put... Fish need water to maintain healthy populations.

Stewart Resnick is using his affluence (wealth and power) to pay off Feinstein, Brown, and other politicians to protect his financial interest in selling and profiteering from MY, OUR PUBLIC TRUST RESOURCES = water, fish, birds, scenic beauty, soil, plants, and all constituent pieces of the wonderful and life-sustaining Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem.

This is absolutely unethical and goes counter to Public Trust Doctrine legislation which seeks to protect that which belongs to everyone and yet no one.

His push for legislation to help eradicate striped bass, is merely a tactic to sidestep any responsibility of environmental and social responsibility.

Here is a well-documented video series on the topic:

PLEASE educate yourself about this very corrupt plan to misallocate public trust resources which would ultimately lead to the demise of our natural resources.

Thank You,

Mark L. Lynn

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