NEWS & VIDEOS
A suite of new or modified marine protected areas (MPAs) went into effect on Dec. 19, 2012 along California's north coast, from the California/Oregon border south to Alder Creek near Point Arena. Northern California MPAs are the last of the state's coastal protected areas to go into effect off California, and completed the network from Oregon to Mexico.
Developed pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), the northern California network includes 19 MPAs, one marine managed area, and seven special closures, covering approximately 137 square miles of state waters and 13 percent of the north coast region. The network also includes four of the five pre-existing MPAs, with Punta Gorda State Marine Reserve no longer in effect.
Here is where you can get news about how and when to add your comments to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that the National Marine Sanctuary Program is proposing to develop for boundary expansion of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
The CFC strongly opposes this proposed action. To gain insight as to just what is at stake, read the ACSF scoping comments.
During the February 2, 2007 Fish & Game Commission meeting in Monterey, distinguished California Deputy Attorney General, Bill Cunningham explained to the Fish & Game Commission and the public the implications of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act for the conduct of the various advisory panels that comprise the MLPA Initiative:
Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Hilborn served on the California MLPA Master Plan Science Team (SAT) during the planning phase of the South Coast Study Region. During the public webcast of the SAT's 10/06/2009 meeting, Hilborn voted "NO" on the MPA size and spacing evaluation:
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The next Fish & Game Commission meeting will be held on December 9-10, 2015 in San Diego.
Download agenda: HERE
SPECIAL NOTE: AGP video is back! They will continue to do live webcasts of all Commission meetings. See: http://www.cal-span.org/.
The CFC strongly opposed AB 1299. Our opposition is best expressed by the comments of renowned fisheries oceanographer, Richard Parrish. Dr. Parrish's comments are available HERE for downloading. AB 1299 was not based on sound science and would have imposed a burdensome, unfunded mandate upon the Department and the Commission -- adversely affecting California's fisheries, coastal communities and seafood buying public.