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State considers ban on stocking fish in lakes

July 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some scientists say fish stocking is bad for the environment. State officials are now considering a ban on stocking fish at public and private lakes.

It's fish-stocking day at Corona Lake, something they've been doing twice a week, every week, for 30 years. And they stock some big fish.

But could stocking fish be bad for the environment out here?

On the Center for Biological Diversity's website, it says "fish stocking creates several problems for California's natural environment: non-native, stocked fish prey on and compete with native species."

But the owner of Corona Lake doesn't think that's the case out here. Nevertheless, he says the California Department of Fish and Game is now talking about even forcing owners of private lakes to pay for expensive environmental reviews.

"It doesn't make sense. It's going to cost a lot of jobs. There's going to be a lot of people that are going to be out of business," said Elliott.

There are a number of reasons people like to fish at private lakes like Corona Lake. One of those reasons: No fishing license required.

But that's another thing that might be changing. The concern is that the state will soon require everyone, even at a private lake, to have a fishing license.

Nothing's been agreed upon yet. All of these proposed rules will reportedly be discussed at a California Fish and Game Commission meeting next month.

Eyewitness News attempted to contact the California Department of Fish and Game for comment on the proposed changes, but without result.

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