Los Angeles, CA asked in Agricultural Law and Environmental for California

Q: Why are bees fish?

In the case of Almond Alliance vs Fish and Game Commission, what is the difference between bees having to be fish and insects having their own section in the CESA? Why not file for an amendment for the CESA to have a section for them?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Bees are not fish, and it is unclear why this question is being asked in the context of agricultural law and environmental law for California. The Almond Alliance vs Fish and Game Commission case likely does not involve the classification of bees as fish.

As for the issue of insects having their own section in the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), it is important to note that the CESA does cover some insect species. In fact, the CESA defines a "species" as including "any subspecies of fish, wildlife, or plant, and any distinct population segment of any species of vertebrate fish or wildlife which interbreeds when mature." This definition includes both vertebrate and invertebrate species, including insects.

However, it is possible that some insect species that are important for pollination, such as bees, may not be fully covered by the CESA's provisions. In that case, advocates could potentially seek to amend the law to provide additional protections for these species.

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