Washington, DC — Central Valley Republican Congressman Jeff Denham has introduced federal legislation that calls for eliminating some actions done to protect the striped bass.
It specifically would eliminate the doubling requirement established by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 for striped bass, which Denham says is a known predator fish to threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Denham’s office reports that the CVPIA mandated population doubling for all anadromous fish is part of an effort to protect the fish populations. Under this requirement, both native species and predator fish, specifically striped bass, are included. This has led to sending millions of acre-feet of water to the ocean to protect fish populations across the Central Valley.
Denham claims, “Our devastating drought has been made worse annually by the Obama administration in conjunction with environmental extremists who prioritize fish over families. Yet they push out millions of acre-feet and fail to address predator species, which their own estimates have shown eat 98 percent of endangered fish species. We must stop the crazy cycle of spending money on both the fish we want to save and the fish that kill them.”
To read the text of Denham’s bill, click here.