By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Traps pulled from the ocean and hoisted aboard a large lobster boat off Main Beach last week prompted a flurry of calls to the city’s lifeguards about potential violations of new regulations banning fishing along most of Laguna Beach’s coastline. The public is very much aware of the […]
Editor, As a fisherman, Dave, (Letters, “Freedom Eroding Away,” Feb. 17) you should know that plastic bags pollute our beaches, there are islands of plastic bottles and bags out in the oceans, and sea animals have been found with plastic bags (they look like jelly fish when inflated with water) in their stomachs. Maybe you […]
Editor, On Tuesday, Feb. 22, a day that will live in infamy, my wife and I watched helplessly as hundreds of violators of the marine preserve plucked hundreds of fish from the ocean a short distance from the beach. When they were sated they came ashore and rested on the rocks enjoying the early morning […]
How sad to see all the self-serving silly comments in the Independent article (“Marine Reserve Unsettles the Waters,” Dec. 24) regarding the closing of the Laguna Beach coast to fishing.
Closing off this 21 square miles of prime fishing grounds really does nothing but put a lot of people out of work, damage our tourist industry, and ruin a great sport and cut off the source of healthy food for a lot of people.
Comments from those supporting the ocean closures like, “I want to see kelp beds” is ridiculous. Fishing does not damage kelp beds. Kelp comes and goes with water temperature, sunlight, red tides, etc. Other comments like, “I want to see big giant fish,” are equally silly. Guess what? Big fish eat little fish. We already have big predator fish out there including giant black sea bass (fully protected), white sea bass (must be very large and limited to one fish), sharks, and occasionally transient barracuda and yellowtail. Yes, man is a transient predator too, but hook and line fisherman, following Fish & Game regulations, only have a minor impact.