New environmental regulations dreamed up by California’s politicians threaten the survival of the California sportfishing community.
Typically, when the State mandates new air quality or fuel standards, the regulations apply to future production and often, many years into the future. However, in the case of harbor crafts, the Newsom Administration has proposed regulations that would require sportfishing boats that also provide whale watching and school science trips to replace or significantly modify existing engines by January 2023, long before their lifespan has expired.
- Cost-prohibitive regulations will put many family-owned sportfishing and whale watching boats out of business in 3-6 years
- Will substantially increase the price of passenger tickets, limiting access to saltwater fishing, whale watching, and children’s science trips
- Threatens jobs dependent on outdoor recreation and tourism
Since Tier 4 engines that meet the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) air quality standards do not exist and a Cal Maritime report concluded modifications to existing engines would “significantly” impact vessel stability, CARB proposes that boat hulls undergo massive reconstruction. To ensure the boat’s stability, boat owners would have to reduce passengers to account for heavier engines.
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