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Dan Bacher
12-22-2006, 02:00 PM
CFC Press Release on Marine Protected Areas

Media Contact:
Kristina Chavez Wyatt
Armanasco Public Relations, Inc.
(831) 372-2259 / (805) 234-0659 cell / kwyatt@armanasco.com
Media Kit and Regional Contacts Available
Organizational Contact:
Vern Goehring
Manager, California Fisheries Coalition
(916) 444-8194 / (916) 761-4895 cell / vern@cal.net
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – December 22, 2006 – The California Resources Agency has announced that a new network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and a two year long effort to further implement the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative will be focused on Central Northern California, from Half Moon Bay north to Point Arena near Mendocino. *
According to Vern Goehring, California Fisheries Coalition Manager, “We hope that this will be a productive process.*We are concerned though, in our experience along the Central Coast we have witnessed that the best available science was not used and private funders inappropriately influenced the process. The conservation benefits of existing fishing regulations are being ignored and other factors detrimental to ocean health, including pollution, fail to be considered.” Throughout this process, the CFC has expressed a multitude of concerns to the Department of Fish and Game, as well as the Governor’s office, regarding “lessons learned” from the Central Coast MLPA Initiative process.
Despite reports from respected agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and scientists and increasingly restrictive regulations, the CFC has found an unwillingness to recognize that overfishing is no longer taking place in California. The CFC has publicly testified in countless instances drawing attention to factors such as pollution and coastal development that have large impacts on the health of the oceans that are ignored while MPAs are created to conserve ocean species and habitats simply by stopping fishing.
To ensure equity in the process, the CFC recommends the success of existing fishing regulations are recognized and other factors impacting ocean health be more fully addressed. They request the use of all valid and significant science, recognition of the conservation values gained from existing management, and incorporating measures to equitably allocate additional restrictions to all activities impacting the ocean.
The CFC frequently expressed major concerns with the Initiative’s Blue Ribbon Task Force as it shelters the Fish and Game Commission from fully carrying out its legal duties. “The Task Force serves as a kind of ‘surrogate’ Commission with staff hired by a special interest rather then by the responsible public agencies,” said Goehring. The CFC recommends equitably engaging all stakeholders to achieve support of MLPA recommendations, the Legislature appropriating all private funds to the Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game with no controls set by the private funders, screening all advisors for conflicts of interest and using a science based modeling simulation approach so potential outcomes can be tested as part of the process.
The CFC requests that in light of the flaws found in the Central Coast MLPA Initiative process, the Administration rethink its plan to move forward and instead choose to implement a more balanced equitable set of MPAs throughout the state. “We cannot protect the entire ocean by simply piling more restrictions on the backs of fishermen,” says Jim Martin, a CFC Trustee and West Coast Regional Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
The CFC supports the full implementation of a MLPA that is intended to protect all aspects of the marine environment, improve knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystems, and maintain representative and unique habitats in an undisturbed an unpolluted state.
About the California Fisheries Coalition:
Established in 2004, the statewide California Fisheries Coalition (CFC) was formed with a single purpose - to provide a mechanism for recreational and commercial fishing groups to work together in a proactive manner on the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to ensure a credible, fair and science-based outcome. CFC consists of 23 ocean-dependent recreational and commercial fishing associations, seafood processors, abalone growers and kelp harvesters, contributing $5.5 billion annually to California's economy. *
Coalition membership encompasses more than 14,000 commercial fishermen, in excess of 4,000 fishing vessels, several million recreational anglers and more than 200 seafood companies. Approximately 172,000 people are employed by CFC partner businesses. For more information and copies of the peer review reports, visit www.cafisheriescoalition.org or call (916) 444 – 8194.

12-22-2006, 03:01 PM

It's about time this whole charade was reviewed by a non-biased entity. It appears that all the letters, emails and public outcries have been heard and the VERDICT is THUMBS Down. I'm real glad that they were able to see right thru the Blue Ribbon Task Farce and all their Special Interest Groups.

This has been one of my best Xmas gifts this year, however we are not out of the woods yet.

We have beat them over the first hurdle. You bet they will be firing back with all their hidden aces.

The Finish Line is still a long way away.

At least it proves that you can't just assemble a bunch of experts and hand picked comittees and try to steam roll the whole thing down our throats without having it reviewed by a non-partisan group.

I hope the FBI investigates this whole group. I would really like to see them squirm as the butt-dribble oozes from their diapers while they are being drilled by Grand Jury or Senate Comittee.


12-22-2006, 07:52 PM
My dive spots are all north of point arena so let them save the ocean. lol

12-22-2006, 10:20 PM
My dive spots are all north of point arena so let them save the ocean. lol

Don't blink... they will be knocking at your door soon enough.

Contacts: Sandy Cooney, (916) 715-9674

December 21, 2006
Bill Romanelli, (916) 212-1446


SACRAMENTO – Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman today announced the next study region for Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation will be from Alder Creek (five miles north of Point Arena) to Pigeon Point. Announcement of the “North Central Coast Study Region” kicks off the next phase of the MLPA Initiative process, created to reexamine and redesign marine protected areas (MPAs) in state waters.

“This is an important next step in improving the design and management of marine protected areas along California’s entire coast,” said Secretary Chrisman. “We’re excited to continue to move the process forward using a task force model, an ongoing dynamic public process and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.”

The MLPA North Central Coast Study region is the second of several regions that will cover the California coast and San Francisco Bay. In March 2006, following extensive public input, a blue ribbon task force delivered recommendations on the first region (from Pigeon Point to Point Conception, called the MLPA Central Coast Study Region) to the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the California Fish and Game Commission. In August 2006, the Fish and Game Commission selected three groups of MPAs for the central coast to be evaluated under the California Environmental Quality Act. In March 2007, the Fish and Game Commission will adopt regulations to implement MPAs for California’s central coast.

Using that model to guide the process, a new blue ribbon task force will be appointed by Secretary Chrisman in early 2007. The task force and DFG will appoint a regional stakeholder group to ensure local interests play a role in developing MPA proposals for the region. DFG will also name a science advisory team to make use of the best readily available science.

All meetings of the blue ribbon task force, regional stakeholder group and science advisory team will be open to the public.

“Public participation in this process is critical,” said Fish and Game Director Ryan Broddrick. “We need people to come to the table with their expertise, their suggestions and their concerns to ensure we strike a balance between community needs and the needs of our marine areas.”

About the MLPA:
The MLPA directs the state to reexamine and redesign California’s system of MPAs through a comprehensive program and master plan. Its primary goals are to protect marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems and marine natural heritage, as well as improve recreational, educational and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems. Marine protected areas include state marine conservation areas, state marine parks, and state marine reserves.

For more information on the MLPA visit www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/mlpa.

12-23-2006, 07:54 AM
Fish R Us thats not nice. And i was having such a good Christmas.