CDFW Seeks Public Comment and Data Regarding Clear Lake Hitch

Contacts:
Kevin Thomas, CDFW North Central Region, (916) 358-2845
Kyle Orr, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8958                         

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) seeks public comments and data related to the status of Clear Lake hitch (Lavinia exilicauda chi), a freshwater fish endemic to Clear Lake in Lake County.

Over the next year, CDFW will evaluate the status of the species and develop a recommendation to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) on whether listing the species as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) is warranted.

The Commission received a petition to list Clear Lake hitch as a threatened species under CESA in September 2012 (Cal. Reg. Notice Register 2012, No. 41-Z, p. 1502). On March 6, 2013, the Commission considered the petition, the petition evaluation report, a recommendation prepared by CDFW and comments received at a publicly noticed meeting.

The Commission concluded the petition included sufficient scientific information to indicate that listing the species as threatened under CESA may be warranted and designated Clear Lake hitch as a candidate species pursuant to Fish and Game Code  Section 2074.2. The Commission published notice of its action on March 22, 2013 (Cal. Reg. Notice Register 2013, No 12-Z, p. 488).

The public is invited to submit relevant data or comments about Clear Lake hitch ecology, biology, life history, distribution, abundance, threats, essential habitat, management recommendations or other factors related to the status of the species.

Comments, data and other information may be submitted in writing to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region
Attn: Kevin Thomas
1701 Nimbus Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Comments may also be submitted by email to: CLH@wildlife.ca.gov.

All comments received by 5 p.m. on June 14, 2013 will be included in a CDFW status report to the Commission that CDFW anticipates submitting on or before the due date of March 22, 2014. Following receipt of the CDFW status report, the Commission will allow a 30-day public comment period.

CDFW’s petition evaluation report for the Clear Lake hitch can be found at: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=59298.