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A Great Victory for California's Coast and Ocean


Science & Tech  (tags: california, marine protected areas, mlpa, oceans )

Judy
- 1479 days ago - switchboard.nrdc.org
At the end of last week, California, once again, did something no other state in the country had done before - our California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 0 to complete a science-based statewide network of marine reserves.



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Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 6:38 am
Good News and Thanx for posting Judy :-)
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 8:11 am
FANTASTIC, A+ and 2 thumbs waaaay UP
THANKS!!!
 

Sue H. (6)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 8:38 am
Excellent news, thanks.
 

Bob P. (407)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 10:24 am
good news thanks
 

Jim Phillips (3201)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 11:22 am
Science based facts... awesome...

Ty, Judy.
.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 12:28 pm
thanks for telling the world
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 4:44 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Frank S. (503)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 7:02 pm
Good, finally some good news.
 

Jody R. (3)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 10:30 pm
Very good news. thank you for sharing this.
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 1:25 am
Great news!
Thanks for the article! :)
 

Ela V. (86)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:15 am
Big up!
 

Justin M. (2)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 8:23 am
Noted
 

Edgar Zuim (47)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 3:52 pm
Thanks. Great news.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:12 pm
Good news!
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 7:19 pm
Great to hear! Thanks Judy.
 

Ruth C. (261)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 5:05 am
Hooray for California!
 

Gloria picchetti (310)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 5:28 am
Wonderful news!
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:48 am
read & noted
 

Lindsay Kemp (2)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 9:27 am
Great news!
 

Carole Cherne (35)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:31 am
I needed to hear some good news, thanks!
 

Michael Barth (43)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:43 pm
Great news. Please keep leading the way California.
 

Ann B. (148)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 5:38 am
great - thanks for the info
 

Harshita Sharma (137)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 5:57 am
Awesome!!! Thanks!!
 

Ruth R. (253)
Friday October 16, 2015, 7:00 am
From the article:

'At the end of last week, California, once again, did something no other state in the country had done before – our California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 0 to complete a science-based statewide network of marine reserves. This solid action is the happy culmination of nearly 12 years of NRDC advocacy to protect these unique nearshore ocean ecosystems and help create a safety net for our fisheries....'

....'colleague Karen Garrison, co-director of NRDC’s ocean program.

Fifteen years ago, when Karen grasped the problems associated with overfishing and its impact on marine life, she identified marine reserves as a powerful tool to revitalize Pacific fisheries. Working with legislative leaders who wanted to bring California’s ocean management into the 21st Century, she researched what would work and helped win broad legislative support for the resulting bill, only to see it die in the Governor’s office during the Wilson Administration. Following the election of Governor Gray Davis, Karen and I teamed up to try again. We worked with then Assemblyman Kevin Shelley (D, SF) and succeeded in getting AB 993, the Marine Life Protection Act (MPLA) passed and signed into law in 1999, setting in motion the process for creating underwater safe havens for ocean creatures all along the California coast. Now, under the leadership of Governor Brown and his Natural Resources Secretary John Laird along with Department of Fish and Game Director Chuck Bonham, this program has come to life.

Since working to pass the MLPA, Karen has been there every step along the way, pushing the Department of Fish and Game to get it right. Working with local communities, fishermen and women and a full range of stakeholders to understand their perspectives and fashion solutions. Karen’s innate sense of calm and reason, coupled with a steely determination, has powered her to labor tirelessly for the full realization of the MLPA, with the help of countless local groups and individuals. During the past 12 years, she has worked with everyone affected by this model legislation to protect unique ocean habitats, including -- but not limited to -- fishermen, scientists, seaweed harvesters, divers, the Navy, the timber industry, DFG and Native American sovereign nations.

It’s been a long haul, but well worth it. As Priscilla Hunter of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of 10 federally recognized north coast tribes recently said, “The start of this process was very difficult and contentious ... but we have ended in a very positive place with a strong framework for future tribal consultation on important conservation and environmental issues.”

It’s been a long haul, but well worth it. As Priscilla Hunter of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of 10 federally recognized north coast tribes recently said, “The start of this process was very difficult and contentious ... but we have ended in a very positive place with a strong framework for future tribal consultation on important conservation and environmental issues.”

And as Karen also put it well, “by safeguarding our iconic ocean places — and the rich web of life they support — these jewels of the coast will help revive depleted fish populations and draw people to the coast to enjoy our remarkable marine wildlife.”

Thank you, Karen, and everyone who participated in this extraordinary effort.'
 

Ruth R. (253)
Friday October 16, 2015, 7:00 am
Wonderful article!
 
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