Article 3. State Fish Hatcheries of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 2. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 3.

The commission shall establish fish hatcheries for stocking the waters of this State with fish. The department shall maintain and operate such hatcheries.
In any lease entered into whereby the state leases from any county, city, irrigation district, or other public agency in this state, real property for the purpose of establishing or maintaining a fish hatchery, the state may agree to indemnify and hold harmless the lessor by reason of the uses authorized by such lease. Insurance may be purchased by the Department of General Services to protect the state against loss or expense arising out of such an agreement.
Any claim for damages arising against the state under Section 1121 shall be presented to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board in accordance with Section 905.2 of the Government Code, and if not covered by insurance provided pursuant to Section 1121, the claim shall be payable only out of funds appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose. If the state elects to insure its liability under Section 1121, the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board may automatically deny the claim.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director of General Services, with the consent of the department, may lease to the Friends of the Mount Whitney Hatchery, at no cost, and subject to any other terms and conditions that the director deems appropriate, for a term not to exceed 25 years, and with the possibility of renewal, the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery facilities, or any portion thereof, situated in the County of Inyo. The leased portion of the building shall be used for environmental education purposes and other related activities designed to benefit the hatchery and the community. The lease shall require the Friends of the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery to permit reasonable public access to the facility, to obtain and maintain liability insurance for the leased portion of the facility, and to maintain the leased portion of the facility at all times. The lease shall provide that any work done on the facility shall be performed in consultation with the State Office of Historic Preservation. The lease shall also provide that the state, agents of the state, the department, and agents of the department shall be held harmless from, and indemnified against, any liability resulting from the acts or omissions of the Friends of the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery performed in the course of the lease agreement.
The department may purchase and import spawn or ova of fish suitable for food, and stock with such spawn or ova the waters of this State.
Notwithstanding Section 1120 or any other provision of law, all funds allocated for fish purchases for the department's urban fishing program shall be used to purchase all fish and aquatic organisms by contract, pursuant to the requirements of the Public Contract Code, from private registered aquaculture facilities within the state unless the department determines one of the following conditions exists:
  (a) After reasonable notice, the private facilities are unable to provide the specified fish or aquatic organism.
  (b) The fish or aquatic organism is infected or diseased.
It is unlawful to take any fish in any pond, reservoir, or other water-retaining structure belonging to or controlled by the department and used for propagating, raising, holding, protecting, or conserving fish.
The Secretary of the Interior of the United States and his duly authorized agents may conduct fish cultural operations and scientific investigations in the waters of this State in such a manner and at such times as may be jointly considered necessary and proper by the secretary and his agents, and the commission.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, department personnel may construct or repair bird exclosures at state owned or operated fish hatcheries. These activities shall not be subject to review by the Public Works Board. Nothing in this section exempts the department from complying with any provision of law governing services performed under contract by noncivil service employees.