Title: Dept. of Fish and Game Records
Dept. of Fish and Game
California State Archives
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The Department of Fish and Game was created in 1951 under a general reorganization Act which elevated the Division of Fish
and Game to departmental status (
Stats. 1951, ch. 195). The Division of Fish and Game had been created in 1927 with the formation of a Department of Natural Resources
Stats. 1927, ch. 128). The origins of California's program is considerably older, having begun in 1870 with the creation of a State
Board of Fish Commissioners (
Stats. 1869-70, ch. 457), later renamed as the Fish and Game Commission (
Stats. 1909, ch. 238). Prior to 1927 a number of Bureaus and special programs were created which, after numerous reorganizations
and name changes, were continued under the Division of Fish and Game.
The policy making body of the Department of Fish and Game is the Fish and Game Commission, comprised of five people serving
six-year staggered terms as set forth in Section 25-½ of the State Constitution. In addition the Fish and Game Commission
has regulatory and judicial powers as set forth in the Fish and Game Code.
The Department of Fish and Game, as constituted in 1970, is headed by a Director and its activities carried out through the
Inland Fisheries, Marine Resources, Wildlife Management, Anadromous Fisheries, Wildlife Protection, and Water Projects branches.
In addition the DFG is organized into six geographical regions with headquarters in Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento,
Redding, and field activities in marine work as carried out by the Marine Resouces Region headquartered at Terminal Island.
Records described in this inventory relate wholly to the Department of Fish and Game and Fish and Game Commission, 1951-72.
Records of the Division of Fish and Game, 1927-51, and predecessor agencies are described as part of the records of the Department
of Natural Resources, F3735.
Department of Fish and Game
A separate Department of Fish and Game was created in 1951 (ch. 715), in effect 9-22-51.