The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the KeepAmericaFishing.org website have formally asked California Governor Jerry Brown to remove Richard Rogers from the California Fish and Game Commission. According to ASA, Rogers’ voting record shows he is no friend to California’s sportfishing community or the state’s economy.
“At a time when California faces record unemployment levels, Governor Brown can take one simple action to remove a major impediment to the state’s economy — remove Richard Rogers from the Fish and Game Commission,” the ASA said in a written statement. “Even though his term expired on January 15, 2011, Rogers continues to sit on the Commission because the Governor has yet to appoint a replacement.”
Since his 2005 appointment, Rogers has been one of the most vocal supporters of the anti-job and anti-fishing Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. The MLPA is a controversial program that threatens sportfishing in California, and the businesses and 20,000 jobs that depend on it, by unnecessarily closing large areas of the ocean to recreational fishing. The MLPA is costing California jobs and harming communities and businesses, while ignoring the real problems affecting California’s coastal waters, such as coastal development, habitat loss and pollution.
On December 15, 2010, Rogers was one of three commissioners who voted in favor of a wide-ranging array of marine protected areas, essentially no-fishing zones, along the southern California coast. Other MLPA regulations — which Rogers also supported — are already in place and have cost jobs and fishing opportunity in California’s central and north-central coast regions.
Because of the flawed nature of the MLPA process, these regulations are currently being challenged in the courts. The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans believes that Governor Brown should replace Rogers with a commissioner who understands his or her responsibility to conserve California’s natural resources, understands the role of anglers in conservation and takes into account the impact of regulations on California’s citizens, its economy and jobs for working families.
What You Can Do?
Make your voice heard and ask Governor Brown to remove Richard Rogers from the California Fish and Game Commission. Here’s how you can make it happen:
• Call the Governor’s office directly at 916-445-2841. Suggested talking points can be found by entering your zip code on the following website: keepamericanfishing.org.
• Send a FAX and email to the Governor. You can also do this on the keepamericafishing.org website by entering your zip code. Click here to do your part. A copy will be sent your state legislators.