California Fish and Game Code
(a) A person shall not sport fish in the tidal waters of the San Francisco Bay Delta and the main stem of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, including major tributaries, below the most downstream dam, unless he or she first obtains, in addition to a valid California sport fishing license and any applicable stamp or validation issued pursuant to Section 7149 or 7149.05, a Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp or validation and affixes that stamp or validation to his or her valid California sport fishing license. Any person issued a sport fishing license pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 7149 or paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 7149.05 is not subject to this division.
(b) The commission may modify, by regulation, the geographic parameters specified in subdivision (a).
(c) The department or an authorized license agent shall issue a Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp or validation upon payment of a base fee of five dollars ($5), in the 2004 license year, which shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.
(a) Fees received by the department pursuant to Section 7360 shall be deposited in a separate account in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.
(b) The department shall expend the funds in that account for the long-term, sustainable benefit of the primary Bay-Delta sport fisheries, including, but not limited to, striped bass, sturgeon, black bass, halibut, salmon, surf perch, steelhead trout, and American shad. Funds shall be expended to benefit sport fish populations, sport fishing opportunities, and anglers within the geographic parameters established in Section 7360, and consistent with the requirements of the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq.) and the California Endangered Species Act (Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 2050) of Division 3, the ecosystem restoration component of the CALFED Programmatic Record of Decision dated August 28, 2000, and applicable commission policies.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that these funds be used to augment, not replace, funding that would otherwise be allocated to Bay-Delta sport fisheries from the sale of fishing licenses, the California Bay-Delta Authority, or other federal, state, or local funding sources.
(a) The director shall appoint a Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamp Fund Advisory Committee, consisting of nine members. The committee members shall be selected from names of persons submitted by anglers and associations representing Bay-Delta anglers of this state and shall serve at the discretion of the director for terms of not more than four years. The director shall appoint persons to the committee who possess experience in subjects with specific value to the committee and shall attempt to balance the perspective of different anglers.
(b) The advisory committee shall recommend to the department projects and budgets for the expenditure of revenue received pursuant to Section 7360. The department shall give full consideration to the committee's recommendations.
(c) The department shall submit to the committee, at least annually, an accounting of funds derived from the Bay-Delta Sport Fishing Enhancement Stamps and validations, including the number of stamps and validations sold, funds generated and expended, and the status of programs funded pursuant to this article. In addition, the department shall report, at least annually, to the committee on the status of projects undertaken with funds from that stamp or validation, including reporting the department's reasoning in cases where committee recommendations are not followed.
This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2009, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2009, deletes or extends that date.