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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EDITORIAL: STATE REGULATORS CONSIDER PLEAS OF SPORTFISHING CAPTAINS

Ken Franke, president of the Sportfishing Association of California writes in Western Outdoor News, "Nowhere in the country is a state considering engine emission regulations that would result in commercial passenger sportfishing boats to be removed from the water. However, this is exactly what the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed rule could cause.

There is a proverbial saying that, “If you build it, they will come.” It is this aspirational approach that the CARB, a state agency that regulates engine emissions, has applied to commercial passenger sportfishing boats. Even though proposed engines and technology has not been developed for this class of boats yet, CARB believes it will come. However, there are serious economic consequences when aspirational goals do not meet reality."

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The Associated Press reports, "California will reopen fishing along a stretch of southern coastline after barring the activity for weeks following an offshore oil spill, it was announced Monday.

The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said a ban on the taking of fish and shellfish will be lifted at 11:59 a.m. Tuesday and fishing can resume at midday."
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Western Outdoor News writes, "The California Air Resources Board (CARB) considered proposed amendments to their Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation (CHC) package. The 12-member, governor appointed board chose to charge ahead with their public access killing plan to curb vessel emissions despite many thousands of voices pushing for amendments to preserve public access to our state and federal waters. As currently drafted, these regulations press forward with such a high bar for compliance they would make all but shore-based recreational fishing infeasible for the average angler, including the most under-served constituencies in the state."
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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."

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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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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.