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!
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.