San Diego County sportboats play waiting game (updated)

Edit June 4, 4:00 p.m.: WON is seeing contradictory information on whether Gov. Newsom has granted the San Diego County Board of Supervisors the authority to decide what businesses can open and when, including sportfishing. The San Diego landings are now requesting phone messages be sent to the Supervisors, and ask for respectful interactions, but also ask that anglers keep up their efforts with the governor.


The names, emails and digits of the Supervisors: 619-531-5511 619-531-5522 619-531-5533 619-531-5544 619-531-5555


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Ask anglers to email Gov. Newsom for approval to run

SAN DIEGO – A long-anticipated Tuesday meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors failed to deliver the hoped-for green light to resume sportboat operations.

Instead, the County punted after legal counsel opined the Board of Supervisors lacked legal authority to approve a host of Phase 3 industries for reopening, including sportfishing, theme parks such as Sea World, gyms, wineries and breweries, public swimming pools and museums, and hotels for leisure stays.

By a 4 to 1 margin with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher opposed, the Board of Supervisors approved sending a request to Governor Gavin Newsom for the authority to determine the pace of reopening.

The move disappointed San Diego County sportboat operators, who, with the guidance of the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC), have developed detailed health guidelines designed to safely host anglers again. These guidelines have been accepted up and down the California coastline in places such as Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, and sportboats are operating there again.

“We are at a crossroads in sustaining the San Diego fleet,” Ken Franke, SAC President, warned the Supervisors. “The San Diego fleet as you know has been shut down. The remainder of the season is expected to run through the first week of October. They have very little time to operate the minimum of 70 days required to make enough money to survive through the winter and get to the next season. We need immediate action to survive. Please make the decision to activate your fleet before it is added to the victim list.”

In the wake of the decision, numerous San Diego County sportboat operators took to Facebook to encourage anglers to email or mail the Governor’s office with messages of support for sportfishing. The Governor’s office can be reached at, or at 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814.

The letter, drafted by SAC, reads:

Dear Governor Newsom,

I write to request that you re-open charter sportfishing. The boats have implemented the proper plans and protocols. Tens of thousands of Californians are desperate to return to work in order to be able to provide for their families. It is proven that outdoor activities, especially those in an environment with ample sea breeze, are a healthy alternative to being at home. Fresh fish, outdoor exercise and sunshine are all provided by permitting sportfishing to return. Please save another group of Californians from further disaster.