News – Sport fishing boats could suffer from New California Air Resources Board decision


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has just amended its proposed rulemaking regarding emissions regulations for commercial passenger harbor craft that were to remove 174 sport fishing and whale-watching vessels from the sea. CARB requires existing boat owners to replace or significantly modify existing engines to adopt Tier 4 diesel technology. Key elements of the amended rules:

  1. Ship owners who have not yet upgraded to Tier 3 engines will need to do so by January 1, 2025.
  2. Low-emission Tier 4 engines with diesel particulate filters (DPF) are required by 2035, giving 12 years to comply, as opposed to the requirement starting as early as January 1, 2023.

Tier 4 engine technology introduces large aftertreatment systems to meet increasing EPA emissions requirements. Due to the addition of emission control technologies such as diesel particulate filters (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), these engines cannot always run smoothly. fit into cramped engine compartments of older equipment.

CARB’s proposed regulations for Tier 4 diesel technology threaten to put family businesses of sport fishing and whale watching boats out of business. The real cost of the new ships is staggering and would force small business owners to triple the price of day trip tickets. The client is unlikely to pay the huge raises to fish or view sea life and that would end various non-profit programs for at-risk youth and veterans.

CARB regulations will require a major rebuild of the boat’s hull to accommodate the added size and mass of the modified engines and exhaust systems, or the vessel will have to be removed from service. Additionally, CARB regulations will require passenger numbers to be reduced to compensate for the added weight and displacement of new and larger engines and emissions control systems, resulting in significantly higher ticket prices.

A survey of sportfishing boat owners concluded that if the regulations were passed, California’s sportfishing fleet would be non-existent within the next 3-6 years, depriving millions of California families and tourists of access recreational fishing, whale watching, diving and ocean education. Activities. The analysis also reveals unintended consequences for the state’s economy, fisheries, and conservation programs and significant declines in fishing participation rates. Low-income communities would be hardest hit

CARB-drafted regulations for Tier 4 diesel engines to clean up emissions in California’s backyard resemble Newsom’s efforts to continually cut crude oil production in the state and rely on foreign suppliers to meet state oil demands. Newsom’s strategy makes the state dependent on the maritime sector to the importation of foreign oil which adds, each year, more than twice the annual GHG emissions than the entire California transportation sector!

CARB has failed to understand that single most important fact about today’s environmental movement, and what the 2022 Pulitzer Prize-nominated book”Clean energy farmsHelping citizens understand the environmental and human abuses that support clean energyexplores is that the healthy and wealthy countries of the United States of America, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia representing 6% of the world’s population (505 million against 7.8 billion) could literally shut down and cease to exist, and the reverse of what you were told and believe will happen.

Simply put, in these healthy, wealthy countries, every person, animal, or anything that causes a harmful increase in emissions could vanish off the face of the earth; or even die, and global emissions will continue to explode in the years and decades to come due to population and economic growth in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and the United States. ‘Africa.

China (1.4 billion), India (1.36 billion), Indonesia (270 million), Japan (126 million) and Vietnam (80 million) plan to build more than 600 coal-fired power plantsand African countries (1.2 billion) plan to build more than 1,250 new coal and gas-fired power plants by 2030.

CARB feels good that they can save the health of a few, at the expense of other Californians, while keeping their “blinkers” on millions of other deaths around the world, as California continues to “leak » emissions and air quality responsibilities to developing countries. at the other end of the world. The same countries that have virtually non-existent environmental regulations or labor controls to protect local workers in these developing countries. CARB did not worry about the 11 million child deaths worldwide or all the coal-fired power plants being built. Eradicating America would still see emissions skyrocket in developing countries. I hope CARB members can sleep peacefully!

According to the Sportfishing Association of California, more than 80% of sport fishing and whale watching vessels are made of fiberglass or wood. So every one of those boats would likely have to be decommissioned and replaced with a steel boat, which is simply not feasible for most owners, the Sportfishing Association said in a news release about the proposed regulations. CARB.

Boats that do not meet CARB standards would have little or no resale value in California, making financing a new boat impossible for many. Without possible financing, many ship operators will close their doors.

Californians spend $1 billion a year to access the 174 U.S. Coast Guard-inspected sport fishing boats and support local jobs, and nearly 10% of California marine fishers are out-of-state residents, an additional source visitor spending for coastal communities.

Higher ticket prices for passengers would impact fishing participation rates, and as fishing license sales and revenues decline, funding for state fisheries and conservation programs would decline. also. CARB appears determined to promote shortages and inflation in communities of lower economic means that are likely to be hit hardest by rising ticket prices for passengers.

Nowhere in the country has a state proposed regulations that will have the practical effect of destroying offshore fishing and whale watching businesses and threatening the coastal communities that depend on them for tourism and visitor spending. This unique California experiment will come to an end if the CARB plans are not rejected.

First published in the California Political Review.

Photo of Club Nàutic d’Arenys de Mar, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).


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