Coronavirus limits Santa Barbara boaters & anglers

SANTA BARBARA—Two signs stood in front of the Santa Barbara Harbor boat launch ramp on April 26: one sign signaled the delay of ocean salmon fishing due to COVID-19, while the other listed Coronavirus protocols for boaters to follow when using the boat launch ramp. No word on when the guidelines would be lifted. The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, however, suggested the ocean salmon fishing season for the Santa Barbara area begin on May 1 and run through Oct. 4.

There was, nonetheless, a steady stream of boaters launching from the ramp on April 26.

Santa Barbara Boat Launch RampAn observation of the photo with the sign listing the Coronavirus guidelines: two aluminum cans, three plastic water bottles and what appears to be crumpled foil littered along the walkway leading to one of the boat launch ramp’s docks.

Parimal M. Rohit photos

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