Proposition Summary

MARINE RESOURCES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. • Establishes Marine Protection Zone within three miles of coast of Southern California. • Commencing January 1, 1994, prohibits use of gill or trammel nets in zone. • Between January 1, 1991 and December 31, 1993 requires additional permit for use of gill nets or trammel nets in zone. • Requires purchase of $3 marine protection stamp for fishermen in zone. • Establishes permit fees and $3 sportfishing marine protection stamp fee to provide compensation to fishermen for loss of-permits after January 1, 1994. • Directs Fish and Game Commission to establish four new ocean water ecological reserves for marine research. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Permit fees and marine protection stamp would provide approximately $5 million to Marine Resources Protection Account by 1995. • Compensation for fishermen who surrender gill and trammel nets between July 1, 1993 and January 1, 1994, could total up to $3.4 million, if necessary legislation enacted. • Enforcement of measure could cost up to $1.5 million annually. • Loss of $100,000 annually from reduced fishing license, permit, and tax revenues may result; losses offset in unknown amount by measure's increased fines.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 3959238; A: 55.76; N: 3140733; B: 44.24

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative constitutional

For Author

Assemblywoman Doris Allen, Chairwoman, Committee to Ban Gill Nets; Stanley M. Minasian, President, Marine Mammal Fund; Ann Moss, President, The Dolphin Connection

Against Author

Robert E. Ross, Executive Director, California Fisheries and Seafood Institute; Frank Spenger Jr., Seafood Restaurant Owner; Mrs. Theresa Hoinsky, President, Fishermen's Union of America AFL-CIO

Rebuttal Author

Burr Henneman, Former Executive Director, Point Reyes Bird Observatory; Alison McCeney, Fisherwoman; Craig Ghio, Vice President, Anthony's Seafood Grottos

Rebuttal Against Author

Quentin Kopp, State Senator, Independent -- 8th District; Dr. John S. Stephens, Jr., James Irvine Professor of Environmental Biology, Occidental College; Sam La Budde, Earth Island Institute Research Biologist