The implementation of California’s Marine Life Protection (MLPA) will face its most serious legal challenge on September 26, 2011, when a Superior Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit contesting the legality of the environmental review process used in establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) along the state’s central and southern coasts.
While tuna seiners and offshore anglers are often at odds in the Pacific waters off Southern California and northern Baja, a relatively new recreational fishing technique has developed as a result of the commercial activities. For years, seiners have been transferring hauls of bluefin tuna to large floating pens, keeping the fish alive to fatten them for market. Sometimes the pens are left floating at sea; other times towed slowly toward processors in ports such as Ensenda, Mexico.
The California state Office of Administrative Law has rejected the regulations for the Marine Life Protection Act implementation in southern California. The regulations, which have been approved by the state's Fish and Game Commission, would have closed vast stretches of the coast to recreational fishing.
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Mercury Marine took the wrapper off a totally new 150 four-stroke on the first day of the 2012 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, and unlike the Verado line, this outboard relies on high displacement for its oomph. It has a relatively large 3.0-liter displacement block, yet it is also the lightest and smallest 150 four-stroke on the market – 20 pounds lighter than the next lightest. It is also the only 150 with an oil cooler. Its 60-amp alternator is the most powerful for the growing number of electronics on saltwater fishing boats today.
A serious fishing machine that can be tailored to virtually any style of offshore angling
Mako sharks seem to be getting bigger and bigger off the coast of southern California, with some approaching the grander mark.However, we may never know just how big because a number of weigh stations - even official International Game Fish Association stations - now refuse to hoist big sharks to the scales.One of those is the fabled IGFA scale at the Balboa Angling Club on the waterfront in Newport Beach Harbor. The club has traditionally welcomed non-members to tie up and weigh their catch, particularly if it was a potential IGFA record.
Looming restrictions on copper are leading to more eco-friendly anti-fouling paints for your boat
California's rockfish regulations are complex and continually changing
California environmental groups should focus on real issues rather than targeting anglers