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Loved the Aprils Fools’ Day story

Loved the Aprils Fools’ Day story

Re: Imperial Beach angler catches fish helps rescue stranded boater (March 25 issue). I live in IB so I had to let my friends know that this guy was my next door neighbor to add to it. Great to have a little fun!

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Totally sucked me in

Re: Imperial Beach angler catches fish helps rescue stranded boater (March 25 issue). Thanks for a good chuckle — at my own expense for being so gullible. Released some pleasure endorphins for the day and put a smile on my face. Good job! I’m glad The Log has a sense of humor. Sail on!

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So not funny

Re: Imperial Beach angler catches fish helps rescue stranded boater (March 25 issue). What a waste of time reading that BS.

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SB slips are not in the ‘cheap seats’

Re: Santa Barbara City Council to consider slip fee increase (April 8 issue). Regarding your Santa Barbara slip fee increase story. I believe you should have included the fact that in SB, 99 percent of all slip permit holders have paid thousands for the rights to rent a slip. For example my 35 foot slip has a market value of $70,000 (cash) plus the harbor transfer fee. Your article gives the impression that our slip rates are in the cheap seats. Not quite true. Very similar concept to Catalina moorings. 

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Boating Ignored?

Re: Height increase cleared for new Channel Islands Harbor hotel (April 8 issue). While automobile parking seems to be a big concern, there is no mention of docking for boaters who are hotel guests or visitors nor is there any mention of boaters, local or otherwise who might wish to arrive in their vessels to dine at the restaurant. Are they not welcome or expected, or is the article and/or the underlying press release simply incomplete?

Brian Aherne
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The problem with assessing the hatchery program

The Log:  Re: Saving white sea bass: A fish species replenished (April 8 issue). White Sea Bass were on the verge of extinction. However a collaborative effort of state officials, scientists and nonprofits helped the fish species grow its population to healthy numbers. What worked and how can we apply this replenishment program to other endangered species? 

Chris Winter: The inability to collect data is the problem factor in assessing the hatchery program, each [fish] when released is implanted with a chip in its head and then when caught again that data is recorded. Problem is fisherman don’t comply nor need comply with saving the head for fisheries research. At present the data shows a less than 1 percent survival rate of hatchery fish, predation issues being huge. So are we maintaining a fish breeding or fish feeding program? I believe the change in fishing regulations, elimination of gill nets and the MPA have had better effect for the dollar than this hatchery program.

Make fishing affordable

The Log: A pair of bills are on the legislative floor in ?#‎Sacramento?, both proposing to make ?#‎fishing? more accessible to ?#‎veterans?. Are these two proposals enough to spur increased interest in recreational angling? What else needs to be done to make fishing a popular activity?

Nathan Zane Schaefer: A California fishing license is not exactly affordable to many people these days. For a typical family: two adults and a 16-year-old child it would cost $150 just to be able to go fishing. This is not even considering the pass to get into the lake, as well as all of the other unavoidable expenses.

Also many areas where people grew up fishing are now closed for sake of environmental dogma. Often the distinction between preservation and conservation is no longer present. I have experienced this first hand. 

When I was a young kid, an afternoon spent fishing on the pier with my dad and a couple friends was where it was at. Now days a glowing screen has replaced outdoor activities and consumed so many children’s lives. These are some of the reasons outdoor activities sadly have become mere tales heard by children from their parents of days past. 

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