State fish and game officials have decided that trout should be managed according to watersheds instead of water bodies. California’s Department of Fish and Game has adopted this new watershed orientation in its new Strategic Plan for Trout Management, which sets guidelines for the next decade.
"We have developed a plan that calls for an ecosystem (watershed) approach and includes strategies that recognize interactions between trout and other aquatic species," said Ed Pert, DFG's Chief of Fisheries Programs Branch. "This approach is consistent with an ecosystem management strategy established by the DFG's overall strategic plan."
The 42-page document presents management strategies and organizational goals for the state. DFG trout experts will next develop an implementation plan that will better identify the number and species of trout and salmon within defined watersheds, and then establish priorities that draw from historical plans and include the new strategic outline.
"The Strategic Plan for Trout Management identifies key overarching issues and concerns regarding the future of trout resources and fisheries in California," said Ed Pert. "This plan represents the initial phase of trout management planning for the next 10 to 15 years and beyond."
Strategies include how to maintain and enhance diverse trout angling opportunities; how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of stocking hatchery-produced trout; and protecting and restoring cold-water ecosystems.
To guide the next phase, the implementation plan, the DFG Fisheries Program Branch will again work with trout fishing groups and others to develop the best trout management plans for specific waterways.
The management plan is available on DFG's website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishing/index.html. The document is available for viewing at the Department's Fisheries Program Branch, 1812 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814.
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