Spiny Lobster fishing season begins, small craft advisory issued

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LOS ANGELES – A small craft advisory is in effect for start of Spiny Lobster fishing season that is scheduled to begin at midnight Friday, and all participating recreational and commercial divers please note that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a small craft advisory through Friday evening.

Winds are expected to be 10-25 knots out of the northwest and gusts up to 30 knots and seas approaching six feet.

Severe casualties and fatalities have occurred in conjunction with the Spiny Lobster opener in recent years.  Participants should exercise particular caution and prepare for the adverse weather conditions forecast.

For further information about Spiny Lobster Season, please refer to the following California Fish and Wildlife websites:

Spiny lobster fishing frequently asked questions: http://ift.tt/Yl4AvL

Brochure:  Reporting your catch:  California Recreational Spiny Lobster Report Card Program:  http://ift.tt/1sz4632

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach recommends filing a float or dive plan with family or friends, and be sure to wear a life jacket while operating your boat.

For more information on life jacket laws in the state of California, clickhttp://ift.tt/WKf3ji

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