State Regulations Threaten to Sink Family-Owned Sportfishing Boats

HEARING ALERT! 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved a resolution creating a reasonable compliance schedule for repowering commercial passenger fishing vessels.

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Read the San Diego Union Tribune Article

Governor Gavin Newsom: Save Our Boats!

Even though California’s sportfishing and ocean industry has not recovered from the economic hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom’s Administration has proposed new engine regulations that will remove fishing and whale watching boats from the ocean starting as soon as 2023. The regulations completely disregard the lack of existing technology and economic feasibility, public safety and the impact on jobs and small seaside businesses.

If the regulations are adopted, most boat owners will be out of business within a few short years, denying millions of Californians access to recreational fishing, whale watching, scuba diving and eco-tourism trips. For the few boat owners who can remain in business, a study found the cost of these regulations would require them to triple the price of one-day fishing and whale watching trips! Access to the sea will no longer be affordable.

You can help by joining over 22,000 Californians who signed an online petition that asks Governor Gavin Newsom to save sportfishing and affordable access to the sea!

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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 Boats1 month ago
In this week's Western Outdoor News, the leaders of California's commercial passenger sportfishing fleet extended a special thanks to California anglers, their customers, for rallying to their defense when the State was considering engine regulations that would have removed their boats from the sea. Yes, disaster was averted thanks to you all!

TO READ THE OP-ED: https://bit.ly/3vjDjvz
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 months ago
KPBS San Diego reports, "Sport fishing boat owners are breathing a sigh of relief after the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reconsidered regulations on commercial fishing boats."
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Sport fishing boat owners were worried about the air quality regulations proposed by California’s clean air agency, some said the rules would put them out of...
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 months ago
OUR BOATS ARE SAVED!

Today the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a resolution creating a reasonable compliance schedule for repowering commercial passenger fishing vessels.

The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association (GGFA) testified in support of the proposed rule changes presented at today’s CARB hearing.

“CARB’s new rule recognizes that California’s fleet was already reducing emissions as better engine technologies became available,” said Ken Franke, President of the Sportfishing Association of California. “However, the new compliance schedule is aggressive and we will need to be diligent in ensuring continued compliance as new technology becomes available and it is economically feasible and safe. The great news for our coastal communities is that our boats will not be pulled from service starting next year. They will continue to provide millions of Californians affordable access to the sea while also working to reduce emissions.”

Thank you California anglers. Your voice was heard!
Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats
Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 months ago
While the CARB hearing is 9am Thursday morning and no formal vote has occurred yet, here is some good news to share with fellow anglers!

Bryce Miller, a San Diego Tribune columnist writes, "It’s not hyperbole to say most in the San Diego sportfishing fleet feared their industry could be swamped with water as boating businesses sank.

Proposed emissions standards from the California Air Resources Board, pushing technology that does not exist for their vessel class, impossible retrofits and claims that ticket increases could pay for new, multi-million-dollar boats had the group scrambling for financial life jackets.

The 18-month fight for survival threatened retirement nest eggs and the ability to pass along generational businesses from parents to children.

Then something incredible happened, amid our divided days."

CLICK BELOW to find out what happened!
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 months ago
Great News Worth SHARING!

Since this past Summer, over 23,000 Californians and 60 local, state and national business organizations made the case to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that the proposed harbor craft regulations were economically and structurally infeasible, and there were a host of unresolved safety concerns that needed to be addressed to protect our passengers and crew. As drafted, commercial passenger vessels would have been removed from service starting as soon as next year.

Because of your support, CARB listened and is responding to our pleas to remain in business and maintain the most affordable opportunity for ocean access.

On Thursday, March 24th, the CARB board will consider an alternative plan that reflects our belief that lower engine emissions can be achieved without significant economic harm to small business owners and the communities that depend on them for visitor spending and jobs.

The new plan proposes a compliance schedule that is more achievable -- requiring boats to repower to lower emission engines as the technology becomes available and it is economically feasible, and safe. This is a major shift in approach as the State marches down the path of achieving zero-emission engine standards by 2045.

The Sportfishing Association of California and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association will testify at the March 24th hearing that the contemplated changes to the proposed rules are acceptable.

Thank you again for having your voice heard! Now, let's go fishing!

PS: Boat owners please SHARE this post with your customers. Many signed the "Save Our Boats" petition and they should be congratulated for having their voice heard!
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 months ago
Kudos to commercial passenger sportfishing boat owners throughout California who support our veterans, recognizing the therapeutic value of recreational fishing. If this is something your business does too, SHARE your story!
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