Hasselhoff As A Fish Cop?

Cue the Baywatch jokes here, but a bill introduced by a San Diego polictican would allow lifeguard to issue citations for illegal violations committed by fishermen in protected marine areas (all kidding aside, it’s not a bad idea).

Photo by dbking/Wikimedia
Photo by dbking/Wikimedia

Here’s Fox 5 in San Diego:

San Diego legislator introduced a bill Thursday that would authorize state Fish and Wildlife officers and lifeguards to issue tickets to people caught illegally fishing in Marine Protected Areas.

Offenses that occur in the protected areas — which encompass 16 percent of California’s shoreline, including parts of San Diego County — are misdemeanors, but overburdened prosecutors have not moved ahead on some cases, according to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.

AB 298 would lead to at least some punishment for violators, since tickets would result in fines, she said.

“Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, we’ve too often seen a lack of public resources lead to under-enforcement that encourages poachers to flaunt laws to protect the ocean environment,” Gonzalez said.