Author: Dan Bacher

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Congress Defunds Wasteful Catch Shares Program

Washington, DC – In a big victory for commercial and recreational fishermen, the U.S. Congress on April 14 voted to defund the “catch shares” program, a controversial and wasteful fisheries management fiasco. Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, said the program has been “blocking access to fish for thousands of smaller scale […]

April 20th

What killed a million sardines in California?

State fishery biologists are conducting tests on some of the million-plus sardines from the Redondo Beach Harbor in southern California to determine the cause of a massive die-off on Tuesday, March 8, according to Andrew Hughan, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) spokesman. Approximately one million dead sardines were discovered in the Redondo Beach harbor […]

March 11th

Wikileaks: Marine protection zones are being tailored to help corporate interests, screw native peoples

Throughout the world, opposition is building to fake marine “protected” areas designed to fulfill the agenda of corporate globalization and the privatization of public trust resources. The rights of indigenous people and fishing families are rarely considered in the creation of these racist “no fishing and gathering” zones, whether they are installed in the Chagros […]

March 8th

California: New bill introduced to protect the Delta from the Peripheral Canal

Two Delta legislators, Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill (R-Ceres), have introduced legislation to ensure that the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is protected from potential conveyance projects to export water to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and southern California. Wolk’s legislation, coauthored by Berryhill, establishes specific criteria and assurances that will enable the […]

February 23rd

California’s Delta Plan: Doomed to failure

For those fighting against the construction of the peripheral canal and the export of more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the release of the Delta Plan by the The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) on Monday was anything but a “Valentine.” The document is the first of four drafts that will be developed and released over […]

February 16th

Protecting marine life without gutting native rights in California

One of the most persistent myths promulgated by advocates of the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative is that the so-called “marine protected areas” created under the process are “based on science.” However, the “science” that the MLPA is based on is extremely shaky. In the 7 years since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger privatized the […]

February 9th

Pushing lies about California’s water projects

One of the most deceptive arguments used by agribusiness, southern California water agencies and the state and federal governments in their campaign to build the peripheral canal/tunnel on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is the myth of the Delta’s “fragile, earthquake-prone” levees. This narrative has been pushed forward by the water “experts” of the Public […]

February 1st

Agribusiness Trying to Pit Fishermen Against Each Other

For years, agribusiness in California has tried to paint any conservation efforts as “fish vs people”. Now, they’re trying to pit different groups of fishermen against each other to further fragment opposition to unrestricted water use for big farms. In an apparent attempt to pit river salmon enthusiasts against reservoir kokanee and trout anglers, California’s […]

January 24th

Marine Protection: Jerry Brown has a Chance to Fix Arnold’s Mess

Jerry Brown took office as Governor on January 3rd after Arnold Schwarzenegger, the worst Governor for fish and the environment in California history, departed from the position at midnight. One of the major issues that Brown will have to address is Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. During his campaign and after being elected […]

January 20th

Can California Get Smart on Water Use?

Do Californians have an inherent right to waste water? Not according to a report by Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson, to be presented today to the State Water Resources Control Board. The highly-anticipated proposal suggests that a particularly contentious area of California water law, the California Constitution’s “Reasonable and Beneficial Use Doctrine,” be applied more broadly. […]

January 19th

Why Is A Big Oil Lobbyist In Charge Of California’s Marine Protection Program?

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the president of the Western States Petroleum Association, claimed the oil industry is “doing their share to promote renewable energy” in an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday January 9.) “Villainizing the petroleum industry does nothing to promote sound energy policy,” she contended. “Oil companies in the United States are the single […]

January 13th