Announcements and Recent News
Visiting the Commission Office
To help maintain the safety of Commission staff and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person access to the Commission office is limited. Consistent with the Resources Building safety plan, any member of the public wishing to visit the Commission office must first obtain written approval. If you wish to visit the office, please send an email to email@example.com describing the reason for your visit and your desired date and time. Thank you for your understanding during these extraordinary times.
Governor Newsom Announces Appointments
On March 24, 2021, Governor Newsom announced two reappointments and one new appointment to the California Fish and Game Commission! Vice President Samantha Murray of Del Mar was reappointed to fill a term expiring in January 2027, and Commissioner Jacque Hostler-Carmesin of McKinleyville was reappointed to fill a term expiring in January 2025. A new commissioner, Erika S. Zavaleta, was appointed to fill the remainder of a term that expires in January 2022. Zavaleta is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, and was previously a professor in the Environmental Studies Department.
More information on the three commissioners can be found on our Commission members page.
Statement by Vice President Murray on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
As Vice President of the California Fish and Game Commission, I stand against racism, white supremacy, violence against Black communities, and the silencing of marginalized communities.
I applaud the work of organizations like Outdoor Afro, Brown Girl Surf, Textured Waves, Black Girl Surf, HECHO, Latino Outdoors and Latinx Marinos, who are connecting people of color, increasing access to outdoor experiences, and changing the face of conservation. I was inspired by the inaugural Black Birders Week that took place earlier this month. And I celebrate the work of hunting and fishing organizations who are dedicated to increasing representation of Black and Latinx outdoorspeople, while tearing down stereotypes and barriers to participation. I recognize and see the stewardship work that Tribes throughout California have done since time immemorial and am invigorated by the newly formed Tribal Marine Stewards Network.
Read the entirety of Vice President Murray’s statement (PDF)(opens in new tab)
Statement by Commissioner Peter S. Silva
Thanks for allowing me time to make opening remarks for today's meeting.
First, I want to thank Vice President Murray and [California Department of Fish and Wildlife] Director Bonham for their inspiring and heartfelt words yesterday regarding the difficult times we are experiencing, both with respect to social justice issues as well as the deadly pandemic, COVID-19. I will build on their comments.
In thinking about what to say today, I decided it might be best to share my experience and perspective as a person of color in this society.
Read the entirety of Commissioner Silva’s statement (PDF)(opens in new tab)
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