Announcements and Recent News
Statement by Vice President Murray on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Before we start our meeting I want to take this moment to acknowledge explicitly that 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.
As the California Fish and Game Commission, I believe we can learn a lot from these entities, so that we are more deliberately fostering a culture of inclusion for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in outdoor recreation and conservation. And so that we are intentionally setting a table for dialogue that includes seats for those who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in our discussions.
Read the entirety of Vice President Murray’s statement (PDF)
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)
Has it really been 150 years? A muted acknowledgement during the COVID-19 crisis
Last week the Commission reached a significant milestone in its history as it marked 150 years since the California Board of Fish Commissioners, the first iteration of our organization, was established. (By the way, that makes it our sesquicentennial, as well as a special milestone for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which also originated from the board.) Staff has long been preparing for what was to be a variety of activities to celebrate this special year in the organization’s history. Alas, the circumstances of the global pandemic have redirected our attention.
Read the entirety of Executive Director Melissa Miller-Henson’s statement (PDF)
Reports to the Commission