Friday, September 4, 2009

Network Of Marine Protected Areas Adopted!

On August 5th, 2009, the Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt a new network of marine protected areas (MPAs) spanning from the Pillar Point area to the Point Arena vicinity. This was a landmark decision to protect marine habitats and species for future generations made amidst concerns about the state's financial health and opposition to carrying out the state's plan to implement a statewide network of MPAs.

The Commission ultimately decided to adopt the IPA proposal (example maps and regulations of this alternative are contained in a past posting...more in-depth information can be found at, so we now have 21 new MPAs, including 10 fully protected no-take marine reserves in place, although it won't be official until January 1, 2010.

Click here to read a news clipping from the SF Chronicle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Last Chance to Speak Up on North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas

Live, work or play anywhere along the coast from Pigeon Point in San Mateo County up to Alder Creek in Mendocino County? If so, now's your chance to weigh in one last time before the California Fish and Game Commission decides which network of marine protected areas will go "in the water" off this stretch of coastline.

On Wednesday, August 5th in Woodland, CA, the Commission will hold its final hearing on the issue and is expected to formally adopt an array of protected areas. So that they choose the best network, Commissioners needs to hear from people like YOU who care about the health of marine ecosystems and protecting our natural heritage now and for future generations. There's a fine balance that must be struck, so let's make sure they get it right: provide effective and balanced protection for underwater habitats while seeking to minimize impacts to fishing and recreational opportunities.

Want to make your voice heard? Surfrider has made it really easy to get involved. Check out the letter-writing and speaking opportunities on the right-hand side of the page.

Want to see what options are on the table? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see maps simulating the various proposed marine protected areas and regulations.