The Los Angeles River Carp Fishery Sustainability Act (C.F.S.A.)

Project Description


The Los Angeles River Carp Fishery Sustainability Act (C.F.S.A.) is a proposed series of community programs by LA artist, educator and community organizer Devon Tsuno. The LA River carp fishery is a virtually unknown, unregulated, and undocumented natural resource of the LA watershed. C.F.S.A. would allow for the creation of the first art initiative to provide LA River carp fishing “catch and release” tackle, resources, documentation and education to Angelinos.   The public will learn about the LA watershed system, reclaimed water, its habitat, and public access through three fishing art projects. C.F.S.A. fosters water education through the dynamic potential provided by the only sustainable freshwater river fishery in Los Angeles.

Tsuno’s Watershed and Reclaimed Water projects, works that evolved over a decade, addresses water-use and water politics in Los Angeles through paintings, print installations and socially practice projects. Tsuno’s long-term engagement with the LA watershed was initiated by working in the sport fishing industry for thirteen years, as a local fishing expert. Through outreach, design, civic collaboration, and education, this project will enable him to initiate social change through an investigation of his original course, when he began his work with water as subject matter.

Collaborating with designers, anglers, tackle shops, and fishing clubs, Tsuno will facilitate C.F.S.A. manufacturing and distribution of artist designed fly fishing tackle, best practices fly fishing manuals and a “catch and release” fly fishing workshop: all free to the public. Through these three phases of artist-community interactions, Tsuno hopes to establish a new model and infrastructure for artist driven outreach, education and civic engagement, to promote the sustainability of urban freshwater fisheries.

Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native.  His abstract paintings, socially practice projects, artist books and print installations focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights Artist-In-Residence, and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art.  Tsuno’s long-term interest in bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his work with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Big City Forum, Theodore Payne Foundation, the grantLOVE Project, and Occidental College.  Tsuno has exhibited at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, the US Embassy in New Zealand, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Roppongi 605 in Tokyo.  His solo exhibition, Reclaimed Water was identified in Art LTD as a Critic’s Picks: 2014 Top 10 exhibitions in LA and his exhibition Watershed curated by Aandrea Stang was reviewed in Artillery Magazine and Notes on Looking. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at California State University, Dominguez Hills.