We’re coming up on the two-year anniversary for the ocean closures off Southern California caused by the Marine Life Protection Act. Locally, in addition to those closures that went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, we’ve seen big changes in regulations for barred sand bass, calico bass and spotted bay bass. I met recently with Lyall Bellquist, a graduate student from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. A fisherman, diver and hunter, Bellquist knows the value of having recreational fishermen involved in the management process, so he has enlisted them in his two-year study of our local bass population. He has brought together Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the San Diego Oceans Foundation and recreational fishermen to conduct a tag-and-release project to measure populations of calico bass, barred sand bass and spotties off coastal San Diego.