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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

Congress unites to protect the oceans from plastic microbeads

By Meteor Blades It’s estimated that 808 trillion plastic microbeads are washed down U.S. drains every day. The vast majority are captured in the settled sludge of sewer treatment plants. But some 8 to 11 trillion of them still find their way into the aquatic environment daily. There, they collect deadly pollutants like PCBs and are eaten by fresh […]

December 24th

California’s marine protected areas aren’t Yosemites of the sea

A network of so-called marine protected areas created under the helm of a big oil lobbyist went into effect on the Southern California coast from Point Conception to the Mexico/U.S. border on January 1, 2012. Advocates for the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that created these marine protected areas continually refer to them […]

March 27th

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

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