Ships Skirt California Coast to Avoid Pollution Rules
Cargo ships are avoiding the California coast because of tightened air pollution rules, causing problems for Navy missile tests off the Ventura County coast and travel pattern confusion at sea.

California Air Resources Board rules that went into effect last summer mandate that ships within 24 miles of the coast burn cleaner fuel. Officials are now trying to figure out a new plan to deal with ships skirting the Channel Islands so they can burn dirtier, cheaper fuel.

Marine Exchange of Southern California executive director Dick McKenna met with mariners, biologists and military officials Friday in Ventura to discuss a possible solution.

A study for long-term solutions as well as the impact on migrating whales has begun.