size limit enforcement question & suggestion


Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Chris on September 30, 2004 at 14:19:28:

In Reply to: DFG update on lobster regulations posted by DFG on September 30, 2004 at 13:06:24:

The regulations state that "The minimum size limit is 3¼ inches measured in a straight line on the mid-line of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell." If this is true then a 3¼" thaat fits tightly over would be a legal lobster. However I have observed DFG wardens give other diver tickets for such lobsters. If the actual enforcment is going to be a ticket if the gauge goes over at all I beleive regulations need to reflect this.
Thus perhaps the regulations should read:
A 3¼ inche caliper gauge when placed in a straight line on the mid-line of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell shall not fit over this area.
I think a change in the regulation wording would help becasue the presnt wording seems to cause confusion for both divers and some DFG wardens.

Chris Grossman
diver.net


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