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Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 21 Oct 2014

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Editor, Re: Sandy Dildine’s letter stating disappointment that people who fish are excited that some bluefin and other game fish are visiting the coast of California. I don’t know, and don’t really care, what excites Sandy or what Sandy eats, but if I did know I would not...

Shore Scene: Burrowing Bug of the Beach

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Colored a light sandy gray with an oval shaped body, Pacific mole crabs (Emerita analoga) also called Pacific sand crabs are found in great abundance in Laguna Beach.  They are located in the exposed surf zone between the lowest and highest reach...

There is Still Hope for a Big One

Editor, My name is Taylor Mellinger and I have enjoyed growing up as a local and regular visitor of Laguna Beach.  Ever since a young age I would see spear fishermen make their way out into the water and would watch them disappear into the vast blue in awe.  Then in seventh grade...

New Ocean Protections Come Ashore

In a win for ocean conservationists, the state Fish and Game Commission earlier this month finalized marine protections for Southern California, preventing fishing or taking anything from the shorline along most of Laguna Beach, effective Jan. 1 Fishermen are adjusting more than...

A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most

By Ted Reckas, Special to the Independent   Three weeks before the sanctioned start of the local lobster-hunting season, Rodger Healy motored out of Dana Point Harbor in his boat, loaded with traps. They were rigged with special mesh, small enough to catch everything,...

Expansion of Marine Protections Postponed

The effective date that will make most of Laguna Beach’s coastline off-limits to fishing will be delayed past its original Oct. 1 start, fish and game officials said this week. The new date to implement the extensive list of do’s and don’ts, intended to restore ocean habitat from...

Marine Protections to Take Effect Oct. 1

The state Fish and Game Commission voted 4-1 this week to set Oct. 1 the effective date for increased marine protections in Southern California, which will ban fishing along most of Laguna Beach’s coastline the day before recreational lobster diving season begins. Reaction to the...

A School of Support Packs Hearing

Marine conservation proponents from Laguna Beach joined a sometimes raucous crowd to testify before a state commission in San Diego this past Wednesday considering whether to enact a marine reserve across most of Laguna’s coast. About 800 people packed a conference room to...

A School of Support Packs Hearing

Marine conservation proponents from Laguna Beach joined a sometimes raucous crowd to testify before a state commission in San Diego this past Wednesday considering whether to enact a marine reserve across most of Laguna’s coast. About 800 people packed a conference room to...

Follow the Science

Editor: 
Mr. Reckas’s article “Scientists, Anglers’ Views Cloud the Route Towards a Marine Reserve,” Dec. 25 edition,  took a lot of space to say our fisheries are depleted.  After reading the story, I got out my calculator and found out only 25 percent of our white sea bass...

Fish Populations in Laguna

Bill Shedd, paddled his kayak along the reefs just off of Woods Cove, where he lives and fishes 30 days per year. He noticed a small boat with a man fishing with his three year old daughter and eight year old son. “They were giggling and laughing and catching mackerel,” said...