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Environmentalists say it’s time to fix California’s broken marine protection system

Grassroots environmentalists on California’s North Coast are urging that the controversial marine protected areas being created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative include full, comprehensive protection – and not just create additional restrictions on fishing and gathering on a coast that has the strictest fishing regulations of any place on the planet. […]

March 12th

California springs forward on ocean protection

By Kaitilin Gaffney Pacific Program Director, Ocean Conservancy This Sunday, we set our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. After a mild winter, spring is definitely already in the air in California, with fruit trees in bloom and cold March winds blowing. The coming time and season changes remind me how quickly time flies, especially […]

March 9th

Saving the seas for the banksters?

The World Bank, an organization notorious for promoting structural adjustment policies and the privatization of public services that have devastated developing countries and the environment, on February 24 announced the formation of an international coalition supposedly designed to “protect” the oceans. “A powerful coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests joining […]

February 28th

California’s ocean guardian promotes Keystone XL pipeline, fracking

A network of so-called marine protected areas, created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, went into effect off the Southern California coast on January 1, 2012. As state officials and representatives of corporate environmental NGOs heralded these closed zones as “Yosemites of the Sea” and “underwater parks,” Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President […]

February 20th

Without enforcement, California’s protected oceans become ‘Marine poaching areas’

An article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News on January 14, written by AP reporter Jason Dearen, does a good job of of describing the challenge that California’s fish and game wardens face in enforcing the so-called “marine protected areas” created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. “California’s 1,100-mile coastline has […]

January 14th

Why is California Gov Jerry Brown going all drill-baby-drill?

In a move that reeks of political cronyism and nepotism and demonstrates the inordinate power of the oil industry in California, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Secretary of State Debra Bowens’s husband, Mark Nechodom, to Chair California’s Department of Conservation on December 28. Nechodom, 56, replaces Derek Chernow, the acting director of the Department who Brown […]

January 3rd

Halfway marine protection measure launched in California

So-called marine protected areas (MPAs), created under the leadership of a big oil lobbyist, went into effect today, January 1, in Southern California ocean waters from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the U.S./Mexico border. Representatives of the Department of Fish and Game, corporate “environmental” NGOs, the Western States Petroleum Association, Safeway Stores and […]

January 1st