Scientific Studies Underscore Urgency of Protecting Ocean Hot Spots
Several recent studies underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive marine protected area system, like the one
“These science-based marine protected areas will help replenish
“Thousands of south coast residents participated in the planning process for these marine protected areas, and dozens of community efforts are already underway to support education, research and outreach needs,” said Karen Garrison of Natural Resources Defense Council.
The new marine protected areas were planned by local stakeholders, including members of Coastkeeper staff, during a two-year public process that spanned more than 50 public meetings and generated tens of thousands of community emails. The network was designed to protect sea life and habitats at biodiversity hot spots while leaving nearly 90 percent of the coast open for fishing (see a map of fishing areas left open). The new protected areas will improve access for recreation, study and education while boosting the overall health of
On December 15, 2010, the California Fish & Game Commission voted in favor of adopting marine protected areas in southern
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