Letter to the Editor: What happens to hatcheries now?

capitolIn response to local questions about the funding mechanism of the state fish hatchery system under SB 1148 with AB 7 essentially dismantled, former Mono County Senator Dave Cogdill responded:
“The HIFF (Hatchery and Inland Fishery Fund) continues under SB1148 to receive 1/3 rd. of sport fishing license fees (about $20 million annually at current rates) but the priority has now been shifted from hatcheries to Heritage and Wild Trout programs, guaranteeing “at least” $2,000,000, and “at least” seven positions to this program, annually. When you factor in that the newly named Fish and Wildlife Service takes 29% of the HIFF for “administration” the amount left for actual hatchery operations, annually, would be a maximum of $12,200,000 ($20,000,000 less 29%, less $2,000,000 to HWTP).
Adjusting for inflation, this would equate to about $9,000,000 in 2002 dollars, which I believe is pretty close to what the old DFG was spending annually to run hatcheries prior to AB7. These numbers get substantially worse if more than $2,000,000 a year gets sent to the HWTP.
The goal to raise and plant 2.75lbs./license sold, remains, but I am skeptical that this will ever be achieved, unless license sales drop dramatically. Under SB1148, the DFW Commission now has the authority to set license fees, based on “reasonable” costs. If they were to actually make the capital improvements need at the hatcheries to meet the planting goals, fund the HWTP, and continue to charge a 29% administration fee, sport fishing license fees will have to increase substantially, which would further depress the number of license sales, but would allow them to meet the planting goals at a much lower operational cost.
Bottomline, the experience for the general angler will deteriorate at the same time become more costly, meaning fewer license sales. More and more resources will be dedicated to the HWTP over time, which in the end, may or may not enhance the experience for fly fishermen, but, in my opinion, can’t help but further hurt the economies of Inyo and Mono Counties.”
Dave Cogdill

13 Responses to Letter to the Editor: What happens to hatcheries now?

  1. Trouble October 9, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Codgill wasn’t singing this tune when he accepted the Cal- Trout award in 2006.

  2. Personal gain October 10, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    What happens to fish hatcheries?
    Why do you think Tim Alpers is getting politically active again?
    Personal gain is what it’s all about.

    • Benett Kessler October 10, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      How specifically will Alpers gain?

      • Conflicts?... Nawwww! October 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

        When a person involved in a business* leaves that business* to go into the business of local government declaring he no longer has any interest in that business* – more double-talk and behind-the-scene shenanigans are sure to follow.

        ** Alper’s Trout Hatchery

        It’s the same as Mayor of Mammoth Lakes (who is a land-developer) declaring he will thumbs-down every developmental project that comes his way … so there is no conflict of interest.

        Those who have not noticed how local government really works today, I’d be glad to send them a roadmap to assist them in finding their way back home.

        • Benett Kessler October 10, 2012 at 10:55 am #

          Let’s just point out that hatcheries and fishing are an important part of the entire Inyo-Mono economy whatever the value to one person.

          • Corruption in local governmentt October 10, 2012 at 11:35 am #

            Even though that “one person” (and his pals) has the most to gain?

          • Benett Kessler October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

            Like I said, what are your details?

  3. Corruption in local governmentt October 10, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Let’s also point out that our elected officials have been pulling self-serving tricks that are clearly corruption-based, forever. Until their feet are held to fire somehow, forms of corruption will go on and on and …

    The forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. Corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering.

    Why do you think they have so many closed-meetings?

    Corruption has been going on in America today for so long now, many accept palm-greasing as a normal way of doing business.

    • a well-known formula October 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Politicians (with conflict of interest) + taxpayers’ bailouts for their business (former or otherwise = Corruption

  4. Something smells fishy October 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Silent partners who find themselves in power positions (ie., elected officials) whether it be the latest real estate deal, or lobbying for monies for their fish industry – are always to be viewed with suspicion.
    Especially in lousy economic times.
    When the going gets tough – the really crooked and self-serving turn pro.

    • Benett Kessler October 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      That’s an assumption. In reporting on Tim Alpers we have always found him focused on public issues and needs. Like I said, if you’re going to accuse, please be specific.

    • Chippa October 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      Tim no longer does the fish.They are Alpers Trout by name only. He cares about out door recreation, always has…..be it fishing, hiking,skiing, ect. So your statement is wrong.Do a little research.Tim was hardly a “Silent’ partner when he ran the his ranch/hatchery.

  5. Bill October 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    To… all those alias’s (obviously the same one person) who bashing Tim Alpers. Get over it, or site specific instances or proof as Benett has suggested.

    Look, Tim was a fish farmer and business man. He left that and then ran for Supervisor… and then… wait for it… WAS ELECTED by the constituents of this County. Yes, he used to run a fish farm, but also he cares about recreation and our County as a whole.

    Do you think that anybody who runs for office CANT have a past career in anything? You would not have a lot of (qualified) people holding office.


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