Tag Archives: Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara

Fishermen’s Lawsuit Revived for Abalone Protection

This lawsuit is about Eco-Based Management in the purest sense. Overruling a trial court, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [Tuesday] reinstated plflawsuit to protect abalone and other shellfish resources — and the industries dependent on them — from being ravaged by sea otters in the waters off the Southern California coast. The lawsuit — California Sea Urchin Commission, et al. v. Jacobson, et. al.targets the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for illegally eliminating a “sea otter management zone” (i.e., a zone of protection for shellfish off the Southern California coast) which Congress established under a 1986 statute. PLF attorneys represent fishermen, a California state commission, and several nonprofit organizations with a direct interest in maintaining healthy populations of shellfish. In challenging the Service’s violation of its legal mandate to contain the sea otter population, PLF attorneys represent: The California Sea Urchin Commission, California Abalone Association, California Lobster and Trap Fishermen’s Association, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara. Read the rest here 20:35

Perspectives on the short and long-term effects of Santa Barbara County oil spill on Santa Barbara Fishermen

Fishermen in Santa Barbara Harbor are still starting their motors to head out into the channel for the day’s catch, despite being among the first to feel the economic punch of the back on May 19. Chris Voss is President of the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, and says the closure hurts his members financially, and the spill hurts the area’s reputation. “It’s a seriously significant seafood source because of the Channel Islands, we produce a lot of darn seafood” Audio, Read the rest here