Where You Can and Can't Fish (Without Eating Dubai Star Oil)

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​For those who fish, either professionally or because it simply beats sittin' by the dock of the bay, wastin' time, we have some limited good news. The state's Department of Fish and Game -- with the input of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment -- have re-opened the following areas in the wake of last month's Dubai Star oil spill.

  • Oakland Middle Harbor north to the Bay Bridge
  • Oakland Inner Harbor
  • San Leandro Bay
  • Shoreline south of the southern boundary of Oakland Airport
    to the San Mateo Bridge

That being said, you're still forbidden from harvesting the sea from Alameda County's shoreline ranging from Alameda Point to the southern boundary of Oakland airport. Incidentally, these bans don't apply to people fishing from boats. In that case, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment suggests -- and this is not a joke -- that anglers "avoid fishing in areas where there is a visible sheen on the water." You see? Someone had to go to college to give advice like that. Maybe even grad school. 

Meanwhile, several San Francisco fishermen and a seafood processor last week filed a $10 million class-action suit against the Dubai Star and its ownership. They must have seen the sheen.


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