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Happy World Oceans Day – how big oil effectively runs Cali’s marine protection areas

“If these are true marine protection areas, they why are we allowing drilling and other insults to the ocean in them? The whole MLPA Initiative was a phony process that provided an opportunity for Big Green and government bureaucrats to write press releases claiming these were ‘protected areas’ when in reality the fishermen and Tribes […]

June 8th

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

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

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

Governor Jerry Brown continuing his legacy as an ocean leader

I was in kindergarten when Jerry Brown was elected governor the first time around, and I grew up enjoying the legacy he left for California’s coast and ocean when he signed the California Coastal Act into law. The Coastal Act states that “the permanent protection of the state’s natural and scenic resources is a paramount concern to present and future residents of the state and nation.” True 35 years ago and just as true today.

October 17th

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

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