Posted by Poseidon
Thu Jan 20th 8:38 AM
Guest editorial by Jamie Diamond,
Owner of Stardust Sportfishing, Santa Barbara
Imagine if the state ruled that your hot water heater is no longer environmentally compliant and it must be removed. When the new water heater does not fit, the state then mandates that you tear down your entire home and build a new one so that it can. Too expensive, you say? Oh well. Crazy as this sounds, something like this is happening to commercial sportfishing boats.
The California Air Resource Board (CARB) has proposed engine emission regulations that mandate new diesel engines and technology that are too large and heavy for existing commercial passenger sportfishing boats, requiring that they be removed from service. CARB tells boat owners that vessel replacement is economically feasible, just pass on the cost of vessel replacement to customers. New boats can cost over $5 million, which would triple the cost of the most affordable way to access the ocean for the day. CARB fails to recognize that, by tripling prices, customers won’t be able to afford to participate at the same level and many won’t be able to participate at all, meaning boat owners will go out of business.