Delta Smelt BBQ

October 3, 2009 9:30:41 PM PDT
A Republican State Assembly Candidate is fishing for donations by feeding smelt to potential donors.Supporters of Brandon Shoemaker hosted a delta smelt barbecue in Visalia.

They served up a variety of the fish that isn't endangered, although the little fish didn't function as more than an appetizer.

Shoemaker said the food highlights the plight of valley farmers who are losing out on a water source in favor of the fish.

Brandon shoemaker, (R) CA Assembly Candidate said: "Fish are food. They're not our friends. Fish don't vote. The water is this valley's livelihood. It's ridiculous to see what these people are going through all over this little fish. "

A day before this fundraiser, a Federal Judge delayed a decision on whether to overrule restrictions on pumping in the San Joaquin Delta.

The restrictions protect the endangered variety of the fish, which are the main source of food for a lot of bigger fish.

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