CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

This section of the California Constitution guarantees the peoples right to fish:

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 1  DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

Section 25.  “The people shall have the right to fish upon and from

the public lands of the State and in the waters thereof, excepting

upon lands set aside for fish hatcheries, and no land owned by the

State shall ever be sold or transferred without reserving in the

people the absolute right to fish thereupon; and no law shall ever be

passed making it a crime for the people to enter upon the public

lands within this State for the purpose of fishing in any water

containing fish that have been planted therein by the State;

provided, that the legislature may by statute, provide for the season

when and the conditions under which the different species of fish

may be taken.”

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But all this is now changing with the implementation of the privately sponsored version of the Marine Life Protection Act.  Those who thought the best protection for the ocean is the responsible stewardship of sustainable fishing, and those who believe in free and equal access to the ocean, are being pushed by the wayside.

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