Local lobster fisherman's livelihood now lost in one fell swoop-Update on his new license suspension


A commercial lobster fisherman from San Diego County, Arthur Esparza, has been recommended for a lifetime license suspension by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This recommendation was based on Mr. Esparza's reported Fish and Game Code violations.

CDFW accuses Esparza of taking undersized commercial lobster and taking lobster from restricted areas, including the La Jolla State Marine Reserve and the South La Jolla State Marine Conservation area. Mr. Esparza was also accused of failing to maintain and complete lobster logs, unlawfully tagging lobster traps, and taking finfish with a lobster trap.

Lobster (Homarus gammarus) at the Norwegian coast.Photo byJoern via Adobe Stock

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The CDFW's recommendation is a reminder of the importance of responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Illegal lobster taking from protected marine areas can have severe consequences for the marine ecosystem and the community.

It can disrupt the delicate balance of the marine environment and threaten the sustainability of the lobster population, which is essential for the local economy and food security. Therefore, promoting responsible fishing practices and enforcing fishing regulations is crucial to protect marine resources and the community's livelihood.

Enforcing fishing regulations is necessary to maintain the ecosystem's balance and to avoid negative impacts on tourism and the community's overall well-being. A responsible approach to managing marine resources is vital to preserving the environment and securing the community's long-term prosperity.

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