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A California spiny lobster walks on the sea floor. Courtesy photo From page 1 Hughan said the poachers are almost exclusively sport fisher- men. He said the commercial fish- ermen are generally compliant. Spiny lobster fishing season be- gan in early October. California spiny lobsters are crustaceans that are common from Point Conception to Baja Cali- ***I .** Captain's License Course Coming to Catalina Island November 5 - 16, 2012 Increased Safety for Family and Friends .f Option to Take Passengers for Hire ,/ Improve Your Navigation Skills ,f Better Insurance Rates Become a Licensed Captain! Call Today 888-262-8020 fornia. Lobster season generally opens the first week of October through about March 15. Califor- nia spiny lobsters are slow-grow- ing animals that biologists esti- mate take as long as seven years to grow to legal size. Fishermen must have a valid California fish- ing license with an ocean stamp, a lobster report card and a lobster gauge to measure for proper size. Poachers frequently take more lobsters than the daily limit al- lows; take smaller lobsters than allowed, sometimes take lobsters from commercial traps set by li- censed fishermen; often fish with- out licenses; take lobsters from protected areas and, of course, take lobsters out of season. Commercial fishermen are al- lowed to use traps. Sportsfisher- men are allowed to use hoopnets. The poaching problem is not confined to Catalina. In May, a Riverside County man was fined more than $20,000 and sentenced to a week in jail for poaching lobsters inside a marine protected area. That was the first crime conviction of its kind since the marine protected area law went into effect off the Southern California coast on Jan. 1. Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romo- land, pied guilty in Orange County Court on May 4 to violating Fish and Game Code 12013, which stipulates a minimum $5,000 fine for anyone who takes or posses ,i more than three times the daily bag limit of lobsters. "This diver intentionally took a huge overlimit of'lobster with no regard for the current laws," said Department of Fish and Game As- sistant Chief Paul Hamdorf. "He didn't follow any fish and game laws, including the take restric- tions within an MPA" Para was caught with 47 lob- sters, according to the DFG web- site. The daily limit: seven per person.- "Any time you have something that has significant monetary val- ue, there will be a small group that will exploit it, regardless of what the law says," said Hamdorf. Para isn't the only lobster poacher by any means, Two wardens on a small boat patrol off Dana Point Harbor Sat- urday night, Oct. 6, spied a small bo~it with no lights pulling com- mercial'lobster traps out of the wa-" ter, according to Fish and Game. The wardens approached the 12- foot boat with four men aboard and announced themselves as law enforcement. -One man threw a line with a commercial lobster buoy back into the water. By Thursday, Oct. 11, Fish and Game officials had accused more than 20 people of lobster poaching off the Southland coast--just one week and one day after the 2012 lobster season officially opened. One of the tools Fish and Game uses to fight poaching of all kinds is Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters, a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide DFG with in- formation leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. CalTIP was introduced in Cali- fornia in 1981. The toll free telephone num- ber operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You do not ha#e to give your name. The number is i 888 DFG- CALTIP (888 334-2258). "Because poaching is a crime of secrecy and stealth, its full im- pact in California is inipossible to fully gauge," said the CalTIP page of the Fish and Game website. A recent anonymous tip led to the arrest of two suspected lobster poachers in Rancho Palos Verdes. PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THREE PALMS AVALON ARCADE "Where all the fun happens!" *PRIVATE PARTIES* / *BIRTHDAYS* *TEAM BUILDING* *FAMILY REUNIONS* *WEDDING FESTIVITIES* *CLUB OR GROUP MEETINGS* OR ***JUST FOR FUN!*** Arcade, X4D Ride, Bowling, Food and Drinks We have it all! PLEASE CALL OR STOP BY TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE (310)510-0967 offers new The city of Avalon will provide Cardio Kickboxing classes three days a week, starting Sunday Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The classes will be held Sun- days at 6:30 p.m Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Classes are open to all women over 14. The cost is $10 a class or $50 for the month. The instructor will be David Hart, the coach of the Avalon Lady Lancers. Hart has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Bushido-Te. He grew up kickboxing and has 30 years experience in martial arts. "I taught women's self defense courses for our seniors in high school and decided this will be a fun way to have a year around program to get in shape and for women to become self-empow- ered" said Hart. For more information, please contact David Hart at (310) 433 8387. From page 6 1. The water shut off valve for washing off your feet at the foot of the pier leaking in the off position. 2. A big 10-inch pipe leak- ing water across from the Casino movie theater entrance, in the planted areas. 3.Yellow caution tape on the sea wall instead of constructing a basic railing. 4. Pipes stuck in the sand with color wrapping to warn of some- thing? 5. Twelve bicycles thrown in front of one apartment blocking the sidewalk. 6. Worn and dirty couches in front of a house. 7. The public restroom on the pier (at 10 a.m.) had a 20 ounce beer can on the back of the toi- let, un-flushed and paper debris on the floor. I remember a kid walking in there barefoot, and not thinking twice. It wouldn't cost too much to have automatic flush toilets installed and water free uri- nals too. Although these may seem like minor issues individually, unless they are corrected they will lose the charm of the town and eventu- ally lost repeat tourists' visits. I have had countless enjoyable memories of the Island and Avalon, and want to continue to make those same memories with my kids. David Burg Canoga Park A third-generation Catalina visitor 8 i Friday, October 26, 2012 THE 4DATALINA ISLANDER "' 1