Paul Weiland, Nossaman Environment and Land Use Chair, Quoted In The Record Searchlight
Paul Weiland, the Chair of Nossaman’s Environment and Land Use Practice Group, was quoted in The Record Searchlight story Business, Water Interests Seek To Increase Bass Limits to Help Salmon. The piece provides an overview of the conditions that led a group of concerned organizations to file a petition with the California Fish and Game Commission requesting relaxation of restrictions that limit fishing for black bass and striped bass—two non-native fish that prey upon native fish currently at risk of extinction including chinook salmon and delta smelt. Mr. Weiland, who filed the petition with the Commission said much has changed since the Commission rejected a similar petition in 2012. The entire membership of the Commission changed since then [and] the status of the winter run-chinook and delta smelt has also worsened, he stated. Other attempts to help the winter run and smelt have been unsuccessful…we should be exploring other potential opportunities. The petition was filed on behalf of the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, California Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, Southern California Water Committee, State Water Contractors, Western Growers Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, Northern California Water Association and Kern County Water Agency.