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FISH AND GAME COMMISSION TO MEET IN SAN DIEGO

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Fish and Game Commission will conduct its next public meeting in San Diego in October.
 The meeting will take place in the State Building, Room B-109 at 1350 Front St., on Oct. 7 and 8. Sessions commence at 10 a.m. the first day and 8:30 a.m. at the same location the following day.
 Written and oral public testimony will be accepted by the commission on a variety of agenda items.
 Highlighting the list of topics to be discussed are proposed marine ecological reserve sites, upper Sacramento River reports from Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and the Department of Fish and Game, and recommended changes for California's 1994-1996 sport fishing regulations.
 Passed by California voters in 1990, Proposition 132 -- The Marine Resources Protection Act -- mandates that the Fish and Game Commission create four ocean ecological reserves by Jan. 1, 1994. Only scientific study and research activities will be allowed within the two-square nautical mile boundary of each site.
 The proposed reserve sites are the King Range in Humboldt County, Big Creek in Monterey County, Vandenburg in Santa Barbara County and Big Sycamore Canyon in Ventura County. Unique marine features at each proposed site makes them suitable for scientific research activities, according to state officials.
 Three alternative sites are Point Arena (Mendocino County), Bodega Headland (Sonoma County) and South Laguna (Orange County).
 Copies of the draft environmental impact report for the sites are available for public review during normal business hours at Fish and Game regional headquarters offices and county libraries in the affected areas. Regional headquarters of Fish and Game are located in Redding, Rancho Cordova, Napa, Fresno and Long Beach.
 Additional copies are also available for public viewing at Fish and Game offices in Eureka, Menlo Park, Monterey, Morro Bay, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Yountville.
 The commission is expected to vote on the proposed marine ecological sites at its public meeting in Redding on Nov. 5.
 The upper Sacramento River, scene of a Southern Pacific train derailment and devastating toxic spill in 1991, will once again be the focus of testimony Oct. 8 when state wildlife officials and representatives of the railroad company discuss the condition of the recovering 40-mile section of river above Shasta Lake.
 Since the spill, the upper Sacramento River has been closed to all recreation angling to allow complete recovery of the river's ecosystem. Before the spill, the waterway reigned as one of the best wild trout rivers in the nation.
 Southern Pacific has argued that the river has recovered sufficiently and that it should be reopened to fishing and stocked with hatchery fish.
 During the Oct. 8 meeting, the commission will also discuss other recommended changes affecting California sport fishing regulations for the next two years. The recommendations are scheduled for adoption in December, when commissioners meet in Long Beach to vote on the matter.
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 /CONTACT: Pete Weisser or Lanny Clavecilla of the Conservation Education Office of the California Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/


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