Ranger 85 vessel apprehended
- Fish & Game (now Cal Fish and Wildlife) just released this about the Ranger
85 out of Ventura. Seems they were a bit out of control. I'm not aware of
any pelagic birding trips with this vessel, but they do whale-watching. I
share this because in the past some have had concerns about birders using
vessels that have a history of unethical practices.
*From:* CDFWNews [mailto:CDFWNews@...]
*Sent:* Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:02 AM
*Subject:* CDFW Wildlife Officers Stop and Cite Channel Islands Fishermen
*(This news release is being sent to all CDFW employees) *
California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release
March 20, 2013
*Media Contacts: *
Lt. Wes Boyle, CDFW Law Enforcement, (805) 331-7051
Mark Michilizzi, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 996-9003
*CDFW Wildlife Officers Stop and Cite Channel Islands Fishermen*
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) marine officers cited
several boats for fishing in the Marine Protected Areas and other resource
violations near the Channel Islands on Sunday.
Wildlife Officers from the CDFW patrol boat *Swordfish*, based in Ventura
Harbor, contacted three private boats and one commercial passenger fishing
vessel (CPFV) and found violations onboard all four boats.
Anglers on the private boats were cited for fishing inside a Marine
Protected Area, fishing without a license, taking a rockfish in a closed
area and two citations for taking rockfish in water deeper than 120 feet.
The fourth boat, *Ranger 85,* an 85-foot long CPFV was stopped and
inspected at the Osborne Bank, 5 miles south of Santa Barbara Island,
inside the Cowcod Conservation Area (CCA). Fishing in the CCA is restricted
to depth of 120 feet or less. The boat was fishing at a depth of at least
170 feet. The captain and five crew members were cited for multiple Fish
and Game Code violations, including take of rockfish in closed waters, over
limits of ocean whitefish and over limits of general fishing. The limit on
ocean whitefish is 10 per day per angler and the boat had 371 ocean
whitefish, 195 assorted rockfish, 12 sheephead and 33 boccacio for 30
anglers, and a total of 611 fish, well over the legal limits.
�The Marine Protected Areas were established to help fish species recover
and thrive,� said Lt. Wes Boyle, captain of the *Swordfish*. �Every
fisherman and boat captain needs to be 100 percent aware of the MPA areas
The captain was also cited for a logbook violation.
The *Swordfish* returned to Ventura Harbor and with the help of several
local wildlife officers made arraignments to donate the fish to several
local food banks and charities.
In the first three months of this year the *Swordfish* has issued 39
citations, 33 of those were for fishing in an MPA, as well as five dock and
shore citations for possession of undersized lobster, take of garibaldi,
and commercial take of undersized sea urchin.
For complete listings of the Marine Protected Areas go to
http://dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/ncmpas_list.asp or on a smart phone at
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