Sunday, January 15, 2012

Laguna Fishing Closure

After years of debate, Laguna Beach has been closed for fishing. Based on what I saw the few times I tried to spearfish there, this was probably a wise choice. The fish seem to have been cleared out of the place years ago.

If that refuge had existed for the past fifty years I have little doubt that abalone would still be common across Southern California. An area large enough to encompass the entire lifespan of a breeding population of such creatures is enough to seed life into a huge area. With larger fish, I am less certain, but I suspect that having a large breeding population of rockfish, sheepshead, ling cod, halibut and cabezon would really help fishing all across the area.

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