Governor Brown on Wednesday signed AB-504, the bill by Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) that protects California’s native salmon and steelhead by banning the commercial production of genetically altered (transgenic) non-native salmon.
Salmon and steelhead face a lot of problems in California, ranging from the state and federal mismanagement of northern California reservoirs during the record drought to the Governor’s plan to build two giant peripheral tunnels under the Delta, but one challenge they won’t face here is the threat posed by the commercial hatchery production, cultivation or stocking of transgenic salmonids, or “frankenfish.”
CalTrout would like to thank Assemblymember Chesbro for his decade plus tenure in the state legislature and his steadfast support for salmon and steelhead along the North Coast. Mr. Chesbro is a true champion of the fish and friend of CalTrout. He will be missed.
For details on the specifics of AB-504 you can read the full article here.