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SB-402 Marine fisheries: state policy.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 1701 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

1701.
 It is the policy of the state to robustly protect and enhance the significant economic, environmental, recreational, aesthetic, and educational values provided by the Pacific fisheries. The department and commission shall consider this policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, expenditures, or grant criteria relating to the protection and management of marine fisheries. To the extent feasible, the department and commission shall attempt to work collaboratively with the federal government and all fisheries stakeholders, including, but not limited to, commercial and recreational fishermen, academic and government scientists, coastal managers, nongovernmental organizations, and tribal governments in furtherance of this policy. However, to the extent necessary, the department and commission shall maintain and exercise the full power of their statutory and regulatory authority in furtherance of this policy.