Commission suspends license of charter boat operator for poaching in MPA network

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The California Fish and Game Commission on February 7 ordered a five-year suspension of the license of Pacific Star Sportfishing, Inc., a recreational sportfishing vessel operator, for fishing in the “marine protected area” network created under the privately-funded Marine Life … Continued

Beach closures lifted, but all Monterey County beaches posted with rain advisory

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The Beach Closures due to the sewage spill have been lifted, according to an update from the Monterey County Health Department yesterday evening: “However, all Monterey County Beaches have been posted with a rain advisory due to the current weather. … Continued

Fish & Game Commission votes to close abalone season next year

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How are those highly touted “Yosemites of the Sea” on the North Coast, created under California’s privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, working out? Not very well, if you look at the recent vote by state regulators to close … Continued

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

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Showing the enormous power of the oil industry in California despite the state’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The … Continued

The Revolving Door: WSPA President/Former MLPA Chair Hires Former Assemblyman Henry Perea As Senior V.P.

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The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, announced the hiring of former Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Affairs, on March 27. In Perea’s new role, he will advise … Continued

Former MLPA Chair’s Big Oil Lobbying Group Tops Session Spending

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Western States Petroleum Association Finishes Second in 7th Quarter CA Lobbyist Expenses The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) usually captures the top spot in the quarterly lobbying expenses listed on the California Secretary of State’s website, but Tom Steyer’s Next Generation … Continued

Fish and Game Commission Adopts Marine Protected Area Master Plan – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, August 24, adopted the controversial Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas in California that delays regional scientific reviews of MPAs, as originally promised, from every five years to every ten years. After … Continued

Petition to reduce striper and black bass numbers withdrawn, but MLPA Master Plan still on agenda

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In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on Thursday, August 25, Stewart Resnick’s Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water … Continued

Deep Regulatory Capture: The Links Between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

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One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan – is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California … Continued

Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Regulatory Capture

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Just a year after the massive Refugio Oil Spill fouled the pristine waters off the Santa Barbara Coast, a leak in an oil pipeline in Hall Canyon in Ventura County was reported at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23. As … Continued

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