In a highly anticipated decision, the California Fish & Game Commission this week approved a strict set of new rules for what can and cannot take place on the shores and in the coastal waters off of Southern California, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. The rules, mandated by the decade old Marine Life Protection Act, are designed to conserve sea life and preserve the marine environment. But the commission's 3-2 vote shows that not all are convinced of the need or efficacy of such rules.
Early on in the process, the Laguna Beach City Council endorsed a citywide "no take zone" in the city and from what we can see in the maze of restrictions, that is essentially what the commission approved.
The complex set of rules delineates which types of sea life may be taken from coastal waters. But it's not so complicated in Laguna Beach: there will be a total ban on all fishing, lobstering, taking of squid, or even throwing a fishing line in the water from shore. Period.