State Regulations Threaten to Sink Family-Owned Sportfishing Boats

Governor Gavin Newsom: Save Sportfishing Boats!

Even though California’s sportfishing and ocean industry has not fully recovered from the economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Administration has proposed costly and onerous new engine regulations that completely disregard the lack of existing technology and economic feasibility.

If the regulations are adopted, most boat owners will be out of business within 3-6 years, denying millions of Californians access to recreational fishing and whale watching. What’s more, the cost of these regulations could triple the price of one-day fishing and whale watching boat trips! You can help by joining over 20,000 Californians who signed an online petition that asks Governor Gavin Newsom to save sportfishing!

If you share our passion for the open seas and marine life, join a petition asking Governor Newsom to save sportfishing and your access to California waters.

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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats7 days ago
What Happened at the CARB Hearing?

Bryce Miller, with the San Diego Union Tribune writes, "A speaker during the CARB meeting a retired man on a fixed income who takes his grandson fishing on California boats said a fee increase of that size would jeopardize if not end those trips.

“This is the beginning of gentrifying sportfishing,” Ursitti said. “It flies in the face of equity and access. We’re not an industry without the entry-level experience. If we price ourselves out of that and make it unattainable, everything fails.”

Yet, hope for compromise is peeking over the dark-blue horizon."

Click below read the full column and please SHARE this post with boat passengers and friends.
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats1 week ago
CARB CONSIDERED SPORTFISHING/WHALE WATCHING BOAT REGULATIONS

This past Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) accepted public testimony from anglers, marine-life enthusiasts, non-profit organizations, marina operators and small business organizations concerned with proposed engine emission regulations. The vast majority of the nearly 100 speakers spoke in opposition to CARB's proposed rule.

According to CARB, the plan requires engines and technology too large and heavy for existing commercial passenger boats, resulting in vessel replacement starting in January 2023 and as extensions expire.

“The CARB board heard from boat owners that the proposed regulations are economically and structurally infeasible for their family operations,” said Ken Franke, president of the Sportfishing Association of California. “They also heard from Californians concerned that as boat owners go out of business, they will be denied access to offshore fishing and marine life and with this comes economic consequences for their coastal economies.”

Following public testimony, several board members expressed similar concerns, recognizing that boat owners are family operated businesses and that there is a need for lower engine emission standards that are economically feasible.

“We are encouraged that some members of the board recognize that passenger boats are family operated businesses, providing a valuable service to their community and that they are worth protecting,” said Franke. “Boat owners have been repowering to lower emission engines for years and we remain committed to the environment. We just need to find a reasonable solution that does not require boats to be removed from the waters.”

The CARB board is expected to revisit the proposed regulations early next year, however, to what extent the draft regulations will be revised is unknown at this time.

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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats1 week ago
KPBS reports - A vote on air quality regulations for sport fishing boats was expected during a California Air Resources Board meeting on Friday, but the decision was postponed to the spring.

The board wants boat owners to upgrade to newer, less polluting engines. But older sportfishing boats can’t accommodate those engines.

Sport fishing boat owners say the regulations could put many boats out of business.

“Our obvious ask is, let’s come up with a path that people can comply with, that is logical and reasonable,” said Ken Franke, the president of the Sportfishing Association of California.

Franke and other boat owners have been advocating for a compromise.
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats1 week ago
It's Time! The California Air Resources Board is taking up Agenda Item #6. Click below to watch and/offer public comments (1 min) online. The regulations call for removing sportfishing and whale watching boats from service because they can't comply with mandates that are structural infeasible for existing boats. This will mark the beginning of the end for your access to the sea.

Go to www.savefishing.com for the link to watch the CARB hearing live!
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats1 week ago
California passenger sportfishing boat captains anxiously await news about their future. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) could determine their fate today! Will their boats be pulled from the sea?
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats1 week ago
ALERT: California Air Resources Board Hearing Today!

Today, the California Air Resources Board will consider the fate of 174 commercial passenger sportfishing and whale watching boats. Will the State require boats to be pulled from the sea?

“We assume that a majority if not all sport-fishing boats have to be replaced to comply,” said David Quiros, manager of the freight technology section at the Air Resources Board, told the Los Angeles Times.

Hearing starts at 9am today, however, our agenda items will not be heard until later. If you want to be alerted as it is about to be heard, comment below and we'll post updates throughout the day.

To watch the hearing, click here: https://cal-span.org/unipage/index.php?site=cal-span&meeting=4665&owner=CARB

For public comments, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P_2GmVWRTFGAVL4o9tJlSg