New State Regulations Threaten Fishing Boats – Act Now to Help Stop it!


Aug 23, 2021
Mike Murciano
Challenger 215
While I’ll spare you the details of the mentally exhausting 135-page report entitled, Evaluation of the Feasibility and Costs of Installing Tier 4 Engines and Retrofit Exhaust Aftertreatment on In-Use Commercial Harbor Craft, suffice it to say that the report’s findings are not fishing boat friendly. The report, commissioned by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), points out that the diesel engines used by sport fishing boats need to be replaced because they aren’t clean enough to meet California’s new emissions standards. While upgrading to cleaner-running engines might seem like a good idea, the problem that sport boats face is that the eco-friendly Tier 4 engines that the sport boats would need, don’t currently exist.

GET INVOLVED:Sportfishing Association of California Hosts Petition Signing Event:  Pending CARB Rules threaten livelihood of fishing industry statewideSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021  * 12:00 P.M. TO 12:30 P.M.*H&M Landing: 2803...

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Long Time Tuna Abused Member
  • Aug 11, 2006
    Costa Mesa
    I signed weeks ago. Then yesterday sent a lengthy say on why this bill would be cancer and a disaster to sport/commercial fishing, boats, landings, tackle shops, tackle mfg's.
    I got an email from the Secretary of the Air Resources Board saying would be presented.
    Hope it helps and hope
    you DO SAME!!
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    Sailing La Reina

    Almost A Member
    Apr 10, 2019
    San Pedro, CA
    La Reina
    My Email to CARB

    Below is the email I sent today to CARB. Feel free to use it if you would like to include any of it into an email you would be willing to send:

    Dear CARB Members,

    While I appreciate your efforts to make the air cleaner in
    California, I believe that targeting sport fishing boats and boats
    engaging in whale watching excursions is going to far.

    In your literature you talk about taking steps to fight global
    warming. It is a well-known fact that the entire United States of
    America contributes to only 15% of the emissions that may
    contribute to global warming. The real offenders are developing
    countries like China and India. You have absolutely no control over
    those countries, so why are you punishing us? Any negative effects
    sport boats contribute in the overall scheme of global warming could be compared to less than a grain of sand on the seashore. But, the negative effect
    your regulations will have on the private owners of these boats
    could be economically catastrophic.

    Your literature also brings up the health equity issues of
    neighborhoods surrounding the harbor areas. Here we have some
    agreement - but only with boats that operate mainly in the harbor.
    Sport boats and whale watching boats spend the vast majority of
    their engine running time offshore, resulting in a minimal effect
    on the local neighborhoods. In addition to that, they run their
    engines at low to moderate rpm's to conserve fuel. That results in
    lower emissions. School bus drivers, not so much.

    Your graphs and data are suspect. I have learned through difficult
    and financially painful experience to be wary of data provided by
    state officials. Remember the Bullet Train? I need to say no more.

    In closing, I respectfully request that you remove sport boats and
    whale watching boats, for the reasons previously outlined, from the
    proposed new emission standards.

    Christopher Olsen