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 double the price of passenger fishing boat tickets! 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 Boats2 weeks ago
Should the California Air Resources Board (CARB) vote to apply draconian engine regulations to passenger sportfishing boats, fishing participation rates stand to decline as boats are removed from service as early as 2023. As participation declines, so will fishing license sales and the revenue it generates for California Department of Fish and Wildlife conservation and fishery programs (inland too).

Now, this is something CARB never considered!

Join the petition today at www.savefishing.com/petition. CARB's public comment period ends November 15th.
Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats
Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 weeks ago
The sharks are circling in California's State Capital! California engine regulations stand to remove many, if not most, passenger sportfishing boats from service within a few short years. The regulations rely on technology that has not been developed yet or proven safe at sea.

Join over 20,000 anglers who have come to the defense of sportfishing - sign the petition at www.savefishing.com/petition.

Time is running out. Thank you for taking action today!
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats2 weeks ago
Finally, some good news from Sacramento!
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats3 weeks ago
THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TO OUR CALL TO ACTION!

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has proposed draconian engine emission regulations that are economically and structurally impossible for many passenger sportfishing and whale watching boats. By their own admission, regulators say boats constructed of wood and fiberglass will likely be removed from service -- that is over 80% of California's fleet!

The consequences are very real. Many, if not most, boat owners can't afford to build new boats - they barely survived the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARB believes that new boats can be built by charging passengers 14-28% more to fish. We believe CARB is grossly underestimating the cost of boats and prices would have to DOUBLE and this is a non-starter for our customers.

Please take a few minutes to CLICK the link below and write a thoughtful message in support of boat owners. All comments are public information and posted on CARB's website.

Thank you for Saving Our Boats and protecting access to the sea - for Californians today and for future generations!

CLICK HERE - https://bit.ly/3a3cL7B

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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats3 weeks ago
A Boat Owner Tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel "Forget About It"

The Newsom Administration has proposed costly engine regulations that threaten to put boat owners out of business and for those who could remain in business, they will have to raise the price of passenger tickets (says CARB).

As reported in the local newspaper...

“If it comes down to too much expense, it’s not worth it to me,” Stagnaro said. “If our boats become obsolete, a lot of people won’t do it. They just can’t do it. To put myself in debt like that at my age, to be in that kind of debt like that for 10 years or more, forget about it.”

Stagnaro predicts that seven out of every 10 charter boats will not be able to handle the financial strain.

CARB predicts that regulations will pass on costs to charter boat customers with an increase of about 14% per ticket. Stagnaro believes that increase could be much more. He believes that ticket prices could more than double, especially if boat owners need to replace their boat with a new one."

Save Our Boats! Sign the petition at www.savefishing.com/petition
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Save California Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats3 weeks ago
Attention Anglers - You Just Have to Read this Column!

In response to the Administration's proposed sportfishing boat regulations, the San Diego Tribune writes, Memo to Sacramento and Gov. Gavin Newsom:

"All those families and businesses are not going down without a fight. This week, groups supporting the cause (savefishing.com) fired off more than 20,000 signatures opposing the current air-regulation plan to the capital. They’ve secured the support of 21 chambers of commerce and travel bureaus dotting the California coastline. Lobbyists are filling hallways."

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