On a strong party-line vote, the California Assembly voted to support protection of sea turtles along the West Coast over the opening of deadly new longline swordfish fisheries. Assembly Joint Resolution 62 authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno passed easily off the Floor on Monday. It is now headed for the Senate.
However, it also appears that the single permit applicant, Peter DuPuy and his wife Karen, are attempting to thwart the state's efforts to protect marine biodiversity. They have riled up the anti-environmental minority in the Assembly to oppose the resolution in the name of seafood industry profits for a single fisherman and his cronies.
Yet the science speaks for itself: leatherback sea turtles are on the verge of extinction and every one we lose to longline fishing to serve the luxury food market for expensive swordfish (usually $20 per pound or more) is another step toward their disappearnce. We've never had a longline fishery along the California coast and we know there is no good reason to open one.
Those who support us are urged to sign the petition supporting West Coast Sea Turtle Protection and opposing the new longlline fisheries.
Here's the vote tally in the Assembly:
MEASURE: AJR 62
TOPIC: West Coast sea turtle protection.
LOCATION: ASM. FLOOR
MOTION: AJR 62 LENO Assembly Third Reading
(AYES 45. NOES 27.) (PASS)
Arambula Beall Berg Blakeslee
Brownley Caballero Carter Coto
Davis De La Torre De Leon DeSaulnier
Dymally Eng Evans Feuer
Fuentes Furutani Galgiani Hancock
Hayashi Hernandez Huffman Jones
Karnette Krekorian Leno Levine
Lieber Lieu Ma Mendoza
Mullin Nava Nunez Parra
Portantino Ruskin Salas Saldana
Solorio Swanson Torrico Wolk
Adams Anderson Berryhill Cook
DeVore Duvall Emmerson Fuller
Gaines Garcia Garrick Houston
Huff Jeffries Keene La Malfa
Maze Nakanishi Niello Plescia
Sharon Runner Silva Smyth Spitzer
Tran Villines Walters
ABSENT, ABSTAINING, OR NOT VOTING
Aghazarian Benoit Charles Calderon Horton
Laird Price Soto Strickland
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