Brown has appointed Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, 43, of Albany,
as director of the California Department of Fish and Game
Bonham has served in multiple positions at Trout Unlimited,
a national trout advocacy organization, since 2000,
including California director and senior attorney, according
to a August 26 news release from Governor Jerry Brown's
He was an instructor and trip leader for the Nantahala
Outdoor Center from 1994 to 1997 and was a small business
development agent for the United States Peace Corp in
Senegal, West Africa from 1991 to 1993.
Bonham was not available for comment at press time, but
representatives of recreational and commercial fishing
groups praised his appointment by Brown.
"I think he's a good choice," said Zeke Grader, executive
director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s
Associations (PCFFA). "I hope that he's able to resolve the
funding issues that plague the Department of Fish and Game.
How can you run a department when there is no money for
research and enforcement?
Grader has worked with Bonham on Klamath River dam removal
and hydroelectric relicensing. “We both appeared before
Public Utility Commission to testify regarding permits
needed for dam removal,” said Grader.
He said he believes that Bonham is somebody that both
recreational and commercial fishermen “can work with.”
“I have known and worked with Chuck for a number of years,”
said Dick Pool, administrator of
and Secretary/Treasurer of the Golden Gate Salmon
Association (GGSA). “I have great respect for his
capabilities and dedication to fishery issues. We look
forward to working with him."
Troy Fletcher, acting Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe,
also was pleased with Bonham's appointment.
"I've worked closely with Chuck for years," said Fletcher.
"He's been very instrumental in working on Klamath River dam
removal and other agreements. I've enjoyed working with
Chuck as a person and a professional. I think he'll make a
good fit and the Yurok Tribe looks forward to working with
him in his new role."
Bonham has a number of controversial issues to deal with in
his new position, lead by the deaths of millions of
Sacramento splittail and hundreds of thousands of other fish
species at the Delta pumps this year because of record water
exports out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Other controversial issues Bonham will have to address
include the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
Initiative, the campaign by the state and federal
governments to build a peripheral canal, and the massive
dewatering of the Scott and Shasta rivers every year by
This position requires Senate confirmation and the
compensation is $150,112. Bonham is a Democrat.
Bonham is a stakeholder in the KBRA and Klamath dam
destruction agenda, one should not be surprised by the
listed endorsements. They are all "voting stakeholders"
in this out of control direction of eliminating
irrigated agriculture. That is one of the root desires
in the KBRA and dam removal direction. Nothing like
financial and power payback for one of their own.
Business as usual in corrupt politics.
By the way, where do these people think our food will
come from when they stop agriculture in our country. I
certainly do not want to be eating food produced in 3rd
world countries with little if ANY health regulations in
the food production process.