BREAKING NEWS: CARB TO WORK WITH FLEET ON ALTERNATIVE PATH TO MEET REGULATIONS

The Sportfishing Association of California and Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association would like to extend a special thanks to everyone for their support. CARB staff listened and they have proposed substantive changes to the proposed harbor craft engine regulations.

Since this past Summer, over 23,000 Californians and 60 local, state, and national business organizations made the case to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that the proposed harbor craft regulations were economically and structurally infeasible, and there were a host of unresolved safety concerns that needed to be addressed to protect passengers and crew. As drafted, commercial passenger fishing vessels would have been removed from service starting as soon as next year.

Because of your support, CARB listened and is responding to the pleas of boat owners who wish to remain in business and maintain the most affordable opportunity for ocean access.

On March 24th , the CARB board will consider an alternative plan that reflects our belief that lower engine emissions can be achieved without significant economic harm to small business owners and the communities that depend on them for visitor spending and jobs.

The new plan proposes a compliance schedule that is more achievable — requiring boats to repower to lower emission engines as the technology becomes available and it is economically feasible and safe. The new plan recognizes the significant amount of upgrades that have already been done and proposes a compliance schedule that is more achievable. This is a major, and positive, shift in approach as the State marches down the path of achieving zero-emission engine standards by 2045.

The Sportfishing Association of California and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association will testify at the March 24th hearing that the contemplated changes to the proposed rules are

acceptable.  

Key Components of Amended Rules

  • Vessel owners that haven’t upgraded to Tier 3 engines already will be required to do so by January 1, 2025.
  • Lower emission Tier 4 engines with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) are required by 2035, This provides 12-years to comply, as opposed to the requirement starting as early as January 1, 2023.
  • However, if the mandated technology does not become available or prove safe by 2027, CARB will work with vessel owners to consider alternative technologies and compliance timelines.

The team at BD OUTDOORS would like to extend a huge thank you to The Sportfishing Association of California and the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association and all involved in fighting the good fight in preserving our wonderful sportfishing fleet.