Apparently that message never got through to a group of California men that posted videos on YouTube of themselves snagging and killing endangered green sturgeon in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River system in California. Videos posted earlier this week are causing concern, and officials are considering altering regulations to better protect the threatened fish. The group of men even found a $100 tag on the fish, and killed it anyway, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The California Department of Fish and Game is considering requiring a “report card,” which would mandate that anglers report caught sturgeon. Anglers would be prohibited from snagging sturgeon and would have to stick to one hook when targeting the sturgeon that are not endangered. It’s sad that a handful of rule-breakers cost the rest of us money, but here’s hoping the negative news generates positive action. – Rick Bach