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Blips on the Radar: Coast Guard to discuss recreational boating safety

What Happened: The U.S. Coast Guard announced public comment will be permitted on the Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan for 2017-2021, according to a notice posted on the Federal Register website last month.

What’s On Tap: The public can provide comments on the strategic plan during the National Boating Safety Advisory Council meeting to be held April 21-23 in Arlington, Virginia.

Information about the Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Plan is available at while details about the three-day meeting can be viewed at

Public comments must be submitted by April 20.

County alters permit and slip fees for 41st annual Halibut Derby

What Happened: A permit fee was reduced and slip fee waived for the 41st annual Halibut Derby in Marina del Rey, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors determined on March 29.

The county’s Department of Beaches and Harbors will reduce permit fees to $150 and waive three-boat slip fees for the duration of the derby, which lasts two days. Three-boat slip fees run $207 a piece.

Supervisors also waived estimated gross receipts totaling $2,437.50; organizers were still required to pay the cost of liability insurance, however.

What’s On Tap: Marina del Rey Anglers hosts the 41st Annual Halibut Derby at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, April 9-10. Proceeds from the event help Marina del Rey Anglers fund activities and events such as the Youth Fishing Program and White Sea Bass Grow Out Program.

Contact Keith Lambert, director of Marina del Rey Anglers, at 310-437-0677 for more information.

Salton Sea Recreation Area re-opens boat launch ramp

What Happened: Recreational boaters seeking additional opportunities to navigate inland waterways were given some good news on March 25: California State Parks announced a public-private partnership to re-open a boat launch ramp at Salton Sea.

The Varner Harbor and Launch Ramp on the eastern shore of Salton Sea, one of two public areas where recreational boaters can access the water, will be re-opened thanks to a collaboration between California State Parks, Salton Sea Action Committee and DEVCO, a construction firm.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was reportedly held at the boat launch ramp area in late March.

DEVCO performed dredging and repair work.

What’s On Tap: Recreational boaters and anglers can now access the Salton Sea from the Varner Harbor and Launch Ramp. Boaters are required to pay a $3 boat launch fee and $5 day use fee.

Call 760-393-3059 for more information

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