Jumat, 18 September 2020

45 people face charges related to fishing, harvesting sea life in San Pedro - The Daily Breeze

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A few dozen people face charges related to illegal fishing and marine life harvesting at White Point Beach in San Pedro, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

The charges were filed against 45 people, ranging from fishing without a license to taking more sea life than the legal limits, officials said. The charges come a few months after local and state officials said they were concerned about overfishing at the San Pedro-area tide pools, a growing problem since Safer At Home orders related to the coronavirus were issued.

“We’re fighting to protect these fragile San Pedro tide pools and the sea life that depends on them — a precious resource that families here have long enjoyed, and that I want future generations to experience,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “We allege these defendants have jeopardized that future by threatening this sensitive ecosystem.”

Each person accused could face up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each misdemeanor charge.

The 45 defendants are named in 23 separate cases, which allege the crimes happened from December to August, according to court documents.

In addition to the state law that requires a fishing license for taking marine life from coastal waters, there are restrictions for how many species can be harvested. For example, the limit for mussels is 10 pounds per day.

Roughly six wildlife officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife patrol the area around San Pedro, agency spokesman Patrick Foy said. Those officers issued the initial citations, which were later turned into the criminal charges by the city attorney, he said.

“It is critical to preserve these tide pools for their intrinsic value and for future generations to enjoy,” Fish and Wildlife Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division David Besh said.

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September 18, 2020 at 08:24AM
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45 people face charges related to fishing, harvesting sea life in San Pedro - The Daily Breeze

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