California Aquaculture Association

Legislation

Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Below is an introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of California. As this will affect producers throughout California, we ask that you review this information thoroughly and contact us with any questions. To view this information as a PDF (for printing), click here. Overview of SGMA The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), Water Code section 10720 et seq., went into effect on January 1, 2015 and represented a significant

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Expand Paid Family Leave in California

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation – AB 908 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) – that expands the state’s Paid Family Leave program to help more working Californians care for an ill family member or bond with a new child. "Families should be able to afford time off to take care of a new child or a member of their family who becomes ill," said Governor Brown. "This expansion makes sense for employers

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Speaker Atkins’ Pacific to Plate Bill Passes Senate

A bill by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would make it easier for communities to hold outdoor markets that feature locally sourced seafood – similar to farmers markets – passed the Senate floor today. AB 226, the Pacific to Plate bill, would keep red tape from preventing consumers from buying seafood directly from the local men and women who caught it. “As we’ve seen by the massive growth of farmers markets across the state, allowing direct

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California’s New Groundwater Law: An Interactive Timeline

From Legal Planet: What are the major deadlines for local groundwater management agencies, and when can—or must—state agencies act? Many (including Legal Planet’s own Rick Frank) have examined the pros and cons of California’s new locally-focused groundwater management law.  Such analyses will continue to be critically important as state and local players move forward with the nitty-gritty of actual implementation, and the legislation’s

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Governor Brown vetoes seafood mislabeling bill, SB 1138

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed state senate bill 1138, legislation that would have criminalized the sale of mislabeled seafood. The bill would have required seafood producers, processors, retailers and restaurants to label their packaging and menus with the “common” name of the seafood item, as opposed to a federally approved market name. “Much of what the bill seeks to accomplish is good,” wrote Gov. Brown in a letter to the

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Governor Brown Signs “Farm to Fork” Legislation

SACRAMENTO – As the Sacramento region celebrates “Farm-to-Fork Week,” Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to support farm-to-fork agriculture and expand access to healthy foods.   The Governor signed the following bills today:   AB 1789 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Pesticides: neonicotinoids: reevaluation: determination: control measures. AB 1871 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento)

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California Aquaculture Association (CAA) and California Farm Bureau Urge Industry Members to Ask Governor to Veto SB 1168 (Pavley), AB 1739 (Dickinson), and SB 1319 (Pavley) – Statewide Groundwater Regulation

The California Aquaculture Association (CAA), along with  California Farm Bureau, recently submitted a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, imploring him to veto statewide groundwater regulation bills, SB 1168 (Pavley), AB 1739 (Dickinson), and SB 1319 (Pavley). These bills, which are currently on their way to the Governor, would have significant negative impacts on the aquaculture and agriculture industries in California. The growth of the aquaculture

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Obama aims to protect oceans, end illegal fishing

Courtesy of SeafoodSource.com: U.S. President Barack Obama announced initiatives on Tuesday to protect oceans, combat black market fishing and support fishermen. The announcement, which was made at the global “Our Ocean” conference hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, directs federal agencies to work together to develop comprehensive programs aimed at combating seafood fraud and keeping illegal fish out of the U.S. market as well as expand

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Implementing Legislation for International Fisheries Treaties Submitted to Congress

Courtesy of NOAA: On June 2, the Obama Administration submitted to Congress implementing legislation for three International Fisheries Treaties: the North Pacific Convention, South Pacific Convention and NAFO Convention Amendment, which would enable U.S. participation in two new regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) in the North and South Pacific Ocean and support a revised mandate in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization.

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Selling mislabeled seafood criminalized under new Senate bill

A new Senate bill, if passed, would place seafood suppliers and restaurant owners on the hook for a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail for selling mislabeled seafood. SB 1138, authored by state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would require labeling of fresh, frozen, processed and others forms of fish to be identified by its “common name,” which “means the common name or market name for any seafood species identified in the Seafood List

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