California Appellate Court Rules that Statutory Definition of “Fish” Allows State to Extend State Endangered Species Act Protection to Bumble Bees

A California appellate court overturned a lower court ruling that the California Fish and Game Commission (“Commission”) may not rely upon the definition of “fish” in the California Endangered Species Act to list four subspecies of bumble bees. The appellate court found that the statutory definition of “fish,” which includes invertebrates and amphibia, enables the Commission to list any invertebrate species as threatened or endangered if they meet listing requirements.