Here comes another yet another assault on fisheries in California, where preservationists already are using the Marine Life Protection Act to close coastal waters to recreational fishing.
This time it’s Assembly Bill 1299, intended to further restrict harvest of California’s pelagic forage species, most notably sardines and squid.
An opinion piece in The Daily Triplicate points that that the legislation wouldn’t protect such species because they range far beyond California state waters, which extend only three miles from shore.
It also points out that “the majority of California’s fishing community --- municipalities, harbor districts, recreational and commercial fishing groups, seafood companies and knowledgeable fishery scientists --- oppose AB 1299, seeing it as a disingenuous attempt to curtail sustainable fisheries unnecessarily.”
And it says, “The National Marine Fisheries Service voiced concern about the bill’s redundancy and overlap with federal management, pointing out that it could actually impede ecosystem-based management.”
Such revelations should come as no surprise. These are zealots on a mission and that mission is to stop as many people from fishing --- both recreationally and commercially --- as possible and to turn the public resources of the ocean into a privately owned and big-government managed commodity.
With the Environmental Defense Fund at the forefront, these are ideologically driven people with deep pockets, thanks to funding from the Walton Family Foundation, Pew, and others.
They’re not going to stop unless we stop them.