Posts Tagged ‘Encinitas’

More Bee Swarms Spotted Around San Diego

honey-bee Now this is scary! I actually have a friend who was close to one of these things. I mean… what’s more terrifying than a swarm of bees flying at you!??! I certainly don’t know.

Via Southwest Riverside News Network:

Authorities continue to deal with another big swarm of bees today, following a week in which a man died from stings and two law enforcement officers were repeatedly stung, police said.

Today’s swarm was reported just before 9 a.m. in an area adjacent to Lake View Park in Scripps Ranch, San Diego police Officer Jane Jacobsen said.

Two San Diego police officers were stung by bees as they searched a Morena District canyon for an auto theft suspect on Saturday. One officer was stung 20-30 times, Officer Mack Blazok said.

Marco Tulio Lazaro, 54, was chased by thousands of bees when he accidentally disturbed their hive while working on Wed. at the Wiegand Ranch off Manchester Avenue in Encinitas. He was stung more than 500 times and was found in a portable restroom in full cardiac arrest, authorities said.

Lazaro, who was allergic to the venom from bee stings, was later pronounced dead in a hospital.

About 80 percent of the bees in San Diego County are Africanized honey bees, which defend their hives aggressively if disturbed, attacking and stinging in much greater numbers than other varieties.

However, county officials said the number of reported bee attacks is down in recent years, and the average person who is not allergic can survive a large amount of stings.


Marine Protection Plan Will Harm Local Jobs

Let there be fish!

Let there be fish!

Not sure if I like this or not. On one hand, I’m a bleeding-heart, environmentalist liberal… and on the other, I like supporting local businesses. I don’t really have a say in it though, soo… yeah. Check this out. Let me know what you think:

Via SignOnSanDiego:

Local fishermen and boat captains are on the hook to lose much of their financial catch because of a program to help protect more marine life along the coast.

No matter which of the three proposals state wildlife officials select, San Diego’s passenger fishing fleet and commercial fishermen will suffer disproportionately. Closures of near-shore angling areas could slash profits for passenger boats in the city by up to 40 percent — roughly twice the Southern California average, according to a state-sponsored report.

Commercial fishermen in Oceanside, the county’s other main harbor town, could see profits plunge by more than 28 percent. That’s worse than the drop for San Diego and any other Southern California city listed in the report, which was prepared by the nonprofit environmental analysis group Ecotrust.

The large local toll is because many of the most ecologically important zones along the county’s coastline are heavily used by anglers. The main proposed closures are off Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla and Sunset Cliffs.

Advocates for marine protected areas said the projected fiscal fallout is overblown. They’re confident that fishermen will quickly find new spots and that expanded no-harvest zones will boost ocean productivity, including more fish — and revenue — for anglers.