Voice Your Opposition to California Fish and Game Commissioner Richard Rogers' Reappointment
Rogers ignored California's anglers and turned a blind eye to California's economy.
Since his 2005 appointment to the California Fish and Game Commission, Commissioner Richard Rogers has been one of the most vocal supporters of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. The MLPA is a controversial program that threatens sportfishing in California by unnecessarily closing large areas of the ocean to recreational fishing, and ignores the real problems affecting California's coastal waters, such as habitat loss and pollution.
Even though his term expired on January 15, 2011, Rogers has retained his seat on the Commission. Governor Brown needs to take action and name a new commissioner to take Rogers' seat.
Rogers' track record shows he is no friend to California's sportfishing community. 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 in California's Central and North Central Coast regions.
What You Can Do
Send a message to Governor Brown urging him to remove Richard Rogers from the California Fish and Game Commission. 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 and its economy.
Send your message today!