LOBSTER SEASON OPENS – LOBSTER FISHING BOATS – La Jolla, California 7:00 a.m. The lobster fishing boats arrive early to pull up the lobster traps, remove the lobsters, & re-bait the traps. Lobsters are active at night. The lobster traps set in the water mark the border of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park where fishing is prohibited and the marine life is protected. I am an advocate of protecting our oceans and the marine life within it for future generations and for the environmental health of our planet. I remember a time when lobster was something only to eat for a very special occasion. Americans now eat 1.8 BILLION lobsters each year.
The San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park spans 6,000 acres (24 km2) of ocean bottom and tidelands. The park has become a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers. The park was created by the City of San Diego in 1970 and actually has two other parks within it: the Ecological Reserve and the Marine Life Refuge. Within the underwater park are two artificial reefs, created to attract and enhance marine life. The first was built in 1964 with Santa Catalina quarry rock dumped in 70 feet (21 m) of water near Scripps Canyon. The second was started in 1975 and is located at a depth of 40 feet (12 m) just offshore from Black’s Beach. From La Jolla Shores, the ocean bottom slopes gently out to sea. The reefs keep the waves minimal, making this an entry point for divers and kayakers. Kelp beds on the outer edges of the slope are popular fishing spots and great for observing seals, dolphins, birds and fish. Beyond the slope the bottom takes a sudden and 500-foot (150 m)-deep plunge into the La Jolla Canyon. The canyon reaches depths of 600 feet (180 m) within the park. The abrupt drop and abundance of marine life help to explain why migrating whales can often be spotted close to shore. – Wikipedia