Public Participation in Commission Meetings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Fish and Game Commission and its committees are conducting meetings by webinar and teleconference to avoid public gatherings and protect public health, consistent with Executive Order N-33-20. Commission meetings are also live streamed; visit the Commission home page on the day of the meeting to watch or listen.

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, commissioners may participate in meetings remotely. The public may provide public comment during the public comment periods, and otherwise observe remotely consistent with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

Instructions for how to join Commission and committee meetings via webinar or teleconference are provided for each meeting as a separate link on the meetings calendar. Instructions are also included for how to provide public comment during the meeting.

The public is encouraged to comment on any item on an agenda, either in advance or on the day of the meeting.

Submitting Written Comments in Advance

You may submit your written comments in one of three ways (only one is necessary):

  • E-mail to fgc@fgc.ca.gov
  • Mail to California Fish and Game Commission, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
  • Deliver to California Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814 (during the pandemic, you must call first to set an appointment )

Written comments received at the Commission office at least thirteen days prior to a meeting will be made available to the Commission prior to the meeting. Written comments received five to twelve days prior to a meeting will be made available to the Commission the day before the meeting. Written comments received in the Commission office four or fewer days prior to a meeting will be made available to the Commission after the meeting.

The Commission no longer accepts comments or requests for regulation changes via facsimile. Written comments and requests for regulation changes will be accepted by email, mail service or in person. In addition, requests for regulation changes must be submitted in writing using FGC Form 1, which can be found on the Submitting a Petition for Regulation Change page.

Speaking During a Meeting

A “General Public Comment” item is included on the agenda for each Commission and committee meeting for any member of the public to address the Commission for items related to the implementation of its policies or any other matter within the jurisdiction of the Commission. As a general rule, action cannot be taken on issues not listed on the agenda. Submitting written comments in advance is encouraged to ensure that all comments will be included in the record before the Commission when it takes action.

If you decide to speak at a Commission or committee meeting, please begin by giving your name and affiliation (if any) and the number of people represented by your organization (if applicable). Then tell the Commission your concerns in the time allotted by the presiding officer (usually the president) – usually three minutes or less. Time allotted for each agenda item depends upon the number of speakers and length of the agenda. The Commission is interested in your views; don't worry about how to say them. If several people have spoken, try not to be repetitious. If there are several speakers with the same concerns, please appoint a spokesperson. The Commission is particularly interested in the specific reasons you support or oppose a proposal.

All electronic presentations must be approved by the Commission executive director and submitted by the Supplemental Comments deadline listed on the agenda and a before the meeting.