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Quote of the Day - Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish. - Herbert Hoover
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Gone Fishing No More

The No Fishing lamp has been hung around 175 square miles around the Channel Islands. In 2002, the California Department of Fish and Game first voted the fishing ban in place.

Then, in December 2002, a coalition including the United Anglers of Southern California and a variety of commercial fishermen’s groups filed suit against the proposed Channel Islands reserves. On Tuesday, they lost their bid to overturn the closure.

In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeal in Ventura ruled: "[the fishermen] have no constitutional right to deplete or destroy a fish preserve, in this instance, a marine sanctuary." If you'd like to know more about the whole issue, check out this site. It's as comprehensive a list as I've seen.

Now we know: fishing is not a constitutionally protected right. I'm glad my grandfather, God rest his soul, never heard that. He probably rolled over in his grave, though.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 10:23 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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