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Lobster Haven Still Protected

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 Lagu...

A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

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...

Winged Natives Disregard Fishing Rules

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...

Ocean Closure is Nonsense

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...

Fishing Interests Vow to Oppose a Larger Marine Reserve

A state-appointed panel favors a plan that would expand Laguna Beach’s existing marine reserve at Heisler Park to encompass 5.6 miles of the town’s shoreline and result in a ban on recreational and commercial fishing within the reserve for several years. Fishing interests who...