Marine preserves off central coast approved

first_imgRepresentatives from the fishing industry and sport fishing fans said the regulations went too far, encompassing areas where fish species are not at risk and posing severe economic hardships for coastal communities. “There is no question there is a pretty significant economic consequence to what the state is doing,” said Steve Scheiblauer, harbormaster for the city of Monterey. Scheiblauer predicted that 30 of the 100 commercial fishing boats that operate out of Monterey harbor would leave in search of more promising waters, meaning less of the fresh local fish that draws tourists. The regulations, expected to go into effect this summer, were designed to maintain the diversity of the marine population. SAN FRANCISCO – One of the nation’s most ambitious plans to protect marine life was approved Friday when a state panel voted to ban or restrict fishing across more than 200 square miles of water off Central California. The Fish and Game Commission unanimously designated 29 marine preserves between Santa Barbara and Half Moon Bay, 13 of which would be off-limits to all anglers, commercial and recreational. Deep water fishing would be prohibited in the rest. The plan is the first piece envisioned in a statewide network of similarly protected areas. Commissioners and environmental groups praised its passage at a meeting in Bodega Bay as a landmark for ocean conservation. “This is big. This is a watershed transformation of how states restore and protect the oceans for future generations,” said Ocean Conservancy Vice President Warner Chabot. “No other state is close to this.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *