SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation intended to help preserve the clear waters of Lake Tahoe by allowing the commercial fishing of crayfish.
The bill Brown announced signing on Friday repeals a ban on the sale or purchase of crayfish taken from Lake Tahoe or the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Officials estimate the lake holds 240 million to 280 million invasive crayfish, a freshwater crustacean that resembles a small lobster. They are a major food source for fish, but also excrete nitrogen and phosphorus, which stimulate algae production and reduce the lake's clarity.
AB165, by Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gaines of Rocklin, creates an exception for crayfish to the state's ban on commercial fishing at Lake Tahoe.
Nevada already allows commercial fishing of crayfish on its side of the lake.