Author: Dan Bacher

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Cali tribes get Governor’s ear

California Governor Jerry Brown puts an official tribal liaison in his office – will this make him more aware of the needs of native peoples, and move him to actually consult them on things like water and fishing issues that affect their livelihoods (as well as the environment)?

September 20th

California’s marine protection areas delayed

The California Fish and Game Commission has held back closures of large areas off the California coast as marine protection areas. There had been an October 1 start date, but now the areas won’t be closed to fishing until January 1, 2012.
Earlier this month the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) disapproved the regulation package for the Marine Life Protection Areas (MLPA), informing the Commission that it had additional questions and requests for more information that will require a re-notice of the regulations.

September 19th

Fail: California’s marine protected areas blocked

In a victory for opponents of the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and champions of open and democratic process in California, the Office of Administrative Law on September 2 disapproved the marine protected areas (MPAs) for the Southern California coast that were originally slated to go into effect on October 1, 2011.

September 11th

California water mismanagement kills more fish

As happens every year, endangered coho salmon are being stranded in drying pools in the Scott River system, due to inaction by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Water Resources Control Board. An independent investigation by Klamath Riverkeeper Erica Terence reveals that in spite […]

August 3rd

Schwarzenegger museum should honor his true environmental legacy

“Arnie’s World,” a museum focusing on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life in bodybuilding, acting and politics, has opened at the house in the small Austrian town of Thal where he was born. A “soft” opening took place on July 30 to mark the ex-California Governor’s 64th birthday before a grand opening ceremony takes place later this year, […]

August 2nd

Marine protected areas aren’t enough to save the oceans

While some governments and environmental NGOs have pushed marine protected areas in the U.S. and throughout the world as the solution to protecting the ocean and maintaining biodiversity in marine ecosystems, a United Nations study released on July 28 said continued reliance on a strategy of setting aside land and marine territories as protected areas is “insufficient” to stem global biodiversity loss.

July 29th

State officials misinformed California anglers on ocean closures

A national coalition of recreational anglers is concerned that misinformation by state officials has led many anglers to believe that new marine protected areas off Southern California have already gone into effect when they have not. The fishing groups also note that litigation challenging the legitimacy of these closures, implemented under a privately funded process […]

July 12th