We are back and ready for MPA action. Our big win in December gave us some amazing new conservation sites at Swamis, south La Jolla and Imperial Beach. Here’s the current status:
While we won the battle, the war is not over
• In January, recreational fishing groups filed a lawsuit against the California Fish & Game Commission for alleged violations in the process of South Coast MPA adoption. Let’s stand behind the Fish & Game Commission’s decision and continue to spread the good word about marine conservation!
• According to last week’s Fish & Game Commission meetings, South Coast MPAs are likely to be implemented in fall of 2011.
Cooking with Coastkeeper
Join San Diego Coastkeeper in our Sustainable Seafood Cooking Class. We are teaming up with Chef Jenn Felmley and Sea Rocket Bistro to bring you 3 nights of awesome hands-on lessons about sustainable seafood. Come with an appetite to learn (and an even bigger appetite to eat!). Tickets are now 2 for the price of 1 and can be purchased here.
Meanwhile, along the California coast…
• In May, the North Central Coast celebrated the first anniversary of their network of MPAs stretching from Mendocino to San Mateo County.
• Next up, the North Coast study region is working to develop its own system of underwater state parks.
Thank you for your help to protect California’s marine ecosystems. We look forward to keeping you updated on San Diego’s new MPAs, and watch out for new and exciting opportunities to get involved in marine conservation!