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Posted by divinotter on November 03, 2005 at 19:34:23:

In Reply to: Response to Captain Tim's questions regarding the DFG search posted by John Refkin on November 03, 2005 at 08:02:53:

I learned a lot of what you stated i.e. DFG can search since the fish is itself a public resource etc. in classes from LA county (ADP). However, your text was very concise and well written. A good reminder. People should just let people do their jobs and leave them alone. Thank you. Now the question. If when searching, a warden or ranger sees some other illegal fish like a Garibaldi, etc. does the boat captain have any resposibility? How could anyone say he actually knew about it? And can a boat captain force a passenger to throw back a small lobster or lobster over the limit, or illegal fish? It seems the penalty should belong to the diver/hunter, so I'm hoping it's not the captains problem.I also wonder what his rights are if he does choose to get involved. I'm thinking if Captains could issue tickets or were held reponsibile to issue tickets, there would be a lot more tickets issued. But the boats who did would have a lot less people choosing to hunt/dive on them.

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