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March 31, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
After a three-year shutdown, federal officials Tuesday reopened commercial swordfish operations off Hawaii, providing all U.S.-flagged boats use experimental fishing gear designed to reduce the inadvertent catch of endangered sea turtles. The decision will allow dozens of boats to rejoin foreign vessels as part of the $300-million-a-year industry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2002 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emergency action, federal officials Thursday ordered a halt to commercial fishing off much of the California coast beginning July 1 for varieties of rockfish commonly sold as red snapper, including one type so overfished it may take 90 years to recover. The Pacific Fishery Management Council also requested that California officials extend the ban to recreational fishermen as soon as possible--which probably means early July.
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the best minds in the science of fisheries held a conceit: Humans could not drive oceanic fish into extinction. Now, America's preeminent professional society of fishery scientists has roiled those old waters and concluded that humans can--and are--pushing once-common species of saltwater fish toward the brink. In a study of North American waters, the 10,000-member American Fisheries Society listed 82 species and stocks as "at risk of extinction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Aboard his weatherworn fishing boat, Duncan MacLean has pulled a livelihood from the high seas. He takes pride in putting seafood on dinner tables. He loves his workday on the roller-coaster swells. But that storied way of life is at risk for West Coast fishermen. The culprit is a sick river and its dwindling salmon runs.
OPINION
December 30, 2008
Laura Bush does not have a halo, and, as far as we know, Dick Cheney doesn't wield a pitchfork. Yet it's hard not to see the two as the angel and the demon on President Bush's shoulders as he ponders whether to protect vast stretches of pristine ocean habitat in the remote Pacific. For months, Bush has been considering the creation of two sweeping marine reserves, a move that would make him the most ocean-friendly president in history.
NEWS
July 6, 1996 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael B. Montgomery, an El Monte attorney and former state Republican Party chairman, has been indicted on criminal charges of trying to influence Assemblyman Bill Hoge (R-Pasadena) to violate California's ethics and conflict-of-interest laws. Sacramento County Assistant Chief Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
January 19, 1998 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consider it a candidate for the Endangered Dishes List. Swordfish has long been popular on the menus of high-end restaurants. But now, in an unusual self-imposed moratorium, chefs at about 25 top restaurants along the East Coast and into Texas are about to voluntarily clear it from their grills, pans and plates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992 | JEFF BARNARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tom Davis spent three years restoring a 1920s Monterey clipper so he could follow his father down to the sea to fish for salmon. The little boat crashed again and again through a wall of water crossing the bar at the mouth of the mountain-lined Chetco River because Davis had to get onto the ocean to make a living.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
Federal fishery managers voted unanimously Wednesday to ban commercial salmon fishing off the coast of California for the second year in a row, a move some fishermen fear could imperil the industry's future in the name of saving it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Government fishery managers took steps Friday toward an unprecedented total ban on salmon fishing this year off the California and Oregon coasts, a move that would hammer beleaguered harbors and deprive the West of a culinary and cultural prize. A ban would cut deeply into a $150-million industry already suffering hard times, hitting not just commercial fishing but also the state's recreational angling industry.
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