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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,...

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...

Marine Hearings Buoyed by Nonprofits

Anglers sue to block fishing ban Expanded marine protections for Southern California were recently finalized after months of debate, but fishermen that oppose the outcome maintain the process was tainted because of a little known fact: the hearings were largely funded by...

Fireworks Exemption Smacks of Hypocrisy

(A version of this letter was also sent to the city council members and assistant city manager.) Editor, Our Council hypocritically voted unanimously at its Nov. 16 meeting to seek an exemption from the proposed prohibition of fireworks displays in Heisler Park by Cal/EPA....

Final Round of Hearings Set on Marine Reserve

The state Department of Fish and Game Commission meets Wednesday, Oct. 20, in San Diego for the second to last public hearing before deciding whether most of Laguna Beach’s coastline will be declared a protected marine reserve. Such a designation would ban fishing in a town known...

Enforcing a Slippery Issue

As state wildlife officials move closer to finalizing a Southern California coastal protection plan, enforcement has emerged as a significant issue in the debate. The various constituents involved in shaping the boundaries of marine protected areas agree enforcement resources are...