CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2012 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow sea otters to roam freely down the Southern California coastline, abandoning its program to relocate the voracious shellfish eaters from waters reserved for fishermen. Federal officials determined that their sea otter trans-location program had failed after 25 years and thus they were terminating it, according to a decision published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. "As a result, it allows sea otters to expand their range naturally into Southern California," the notice said.
May 29, 2012 |
The title of Nick Dybek's debut novel, "When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man," hints at transitions to come, and the phrase "was still" suggests that the changes will not be good. Flint, if you've forgotten your children's classics, was the captain of the Walrus pirate ship, the man who buried the gold around which revolves the plot of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island. " In Dybek's novel, protagonist Cal Bollings' father began reading aloud from that book before bedtime the summer the boy was 8 years old. The favorite story quickly became too familiar, so a father-son tradition emerged in which the father sent the boy off to sleep with conjured tales about Flint and his life before he turned bad, buried his treasure and killed his crew.
May 1, 2012
Re "GOP-backed bill would retain 'no-otter zone,'" April 27 I find it offensive that Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) would sponsor a bill limiting sea otters' reclaiming their historical range off Southern California. The article states, "Fishermen say their livelihood would be hurt by the unfettered expansion of sea otters into their fishing grounds. " Otters have been inhabiting "their" grounds much longer than humans have. Maybe we need a "no-fisherman zone" to protect the sea otters.
April 20, 2012 |
Princess Cruises says it will continue to investigate why the Star Princess cruise ship in March passed up a fishing boat in distress, leaving two Panamanian men in the boat to die. The cruise line also said it “deeply regrets” the incident off the South American coast that it blames on a communication glitch. Passengers aboard the cruise ship spotted the small boat and alerted crew members, but the message never got to the ship's captain and no action was taken, the cruise line said.
January 7, 2012 |
A Navy destroyer rescued 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea only days after Tehran warned the United States to keep its ships out of the nearby Persian Gulf. Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer Kidd boarded the Iranian dhow Thursday and detained 15 Somalis after one of the fishermen was able to reveal in a radio communication that his vessel's crew was being held captive. Seeing a publicity windfall at a time of growing tension with Iran, Pentagon public affairs officers quickly swung into action, setting up a conference call for reporters with Navy commanders in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2011 |
The bait was irresistible. One by one, the anglers were lured by the close-out sale at Fishermen's Hardware in Long Beach. On a recent afternoon, they made their way past the open wooden-frame glass door covered with fish stickers. A cacophony of squeaks from the overly scratched floorboards filled the room, as the old fishermen wandered along the walls of dry-scented baits, colorful jigs and long fishing rods. There's the furniture too: the empty showcases, the dented file cabinets, empty fishing pole racks, a well-worn fridge and gray copy machine that were slapped with sheets of paper that read "Make a bid on it. " For 25 years, this family-owned store at Anaheim Street and Temple Avenue served as a repair shop for broken rods and a popular hangout for fishermen to share tips or swap fish stories.