If you haven’t read this article already, I urge you to do so. It is one of the most important pieces on water, the Delta and coastal protection that you will ever read. Everybody who cares about stopping the Delta Tunnels and restoring our salmon and other fish populations MUST read this article and share […]
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“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 […]
Jason Scorse, the director of the new Center for the Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the author of What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics, has written an interesting opinion piece in the Oakland Tribune discussing the economic value of the coast to the California economy and the need to […]
The Delta Stewardship Council staff on May 14 released the final draft Delta Plan, drawing a response from Delta advocates that the fix is in to build a peripheral canal or tunnel that would grab millions of gallons of water for agribusiness and Southern California development, leaving fish, native tribes, and other users high and […]
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. […]
In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown confirmed what everybody knew anyway: the construction of a peripheral canal or tunnel to export more Delta water to corporate agribusiness and southern California is a huge priority for him. Delta advocates believe the construction of the peripheral canal would result in the extinction […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I strongly urge everybody to vote for Rob Walton as worst of the 1% for his efforts to crush labor and human rights and drive local mom and pop operations out of business, as well for funding corporate environmental NGO efforts to privatize the oceans by promoting catch shares programs and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s privately funded […]
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.
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.
The war of words between fishermen and fish conservation advocates is spilling over into a boycott of Wal-Mart.
Governor Jerry Brown, in his remarks to the editorial board of the Fresno Bee on Wednesday, August 17, reaffirmed his support for a peripheral canal or tunnel to facilitate the export of more California Delta water to corporate agribusiness and southern California water agencies.
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.