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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Blue Ribbon Taskforce Meeting

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement
Who:  MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF)

What:  Addressing confusion regarding public comment at the reconvened BRTF meeting

Where:  See statement below and attached in PDF

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Public Comment at the Reconvened MLPA
Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting on November 10, 2009

The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative is committed to an open and transparent processto help the State of California develop an improved system of marine protected areas (MPAs). A key element of the MLPA Initiative is creating opportunities for effective stakeholder and interested public participation.

The MLPA Initiative includes a regional stakeholder group in each study region that develops MPA proposals with the assistance of the task force, a science advisory team, the California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and a team of staff and contractors, as well as significant input from the interested public.

The MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force has received three MPA proposals from the MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (SCRSG) and determined on October 22, 2009 that all three should be forwarded to the California Fish and Game Commission, along with a preferred alternative that could be one of the three or an integrated blend of them.

The task force received over ten thousand written comments and over six hours of formal verbal public comment related to the Round 3 SCRSG MPA proposalsand the individual MPAs within different geographies, which have significantly helped inform the decision making process. These public comments are in addition to the over fifteen hours of formal verbal public comment, and hundreds of hours of informal input and feedback, received by the SCRSG during its deliberations.

On October 22, 2009, the task force incorporated information from public comments in its deliberations about potential MPA options to consider for the preferred alternative. Throughout its deliberations, the task force requested input from SCRSG members who are intimately familiar with the interests, concerns and values taken into consideration in developing the MPA proposals. At the end of the day, the task force had identified a subset of MPAs to be potentially included in a preferred alternative (referred to as “common MPAs”) and several key geographies where agreement had not been reached (referred to as “MPA options under consideration”); as a result, the task force recessed and will reconvene on November 10, 2009 to continue its deliberations on the preferred alternative. Members of the SCRSG have been invited to again participate in the meeting and their direct input will be an important element of the task force deliberations.

The public has also been offered an additional opportunity for submitting written comments during the nearly three week recess. In the key geographies with MPA options under considerationby the task force, the public has continued to provide written input, with up to several hundred comments each day since October 22; some of those comments are quite specific, with details about suggested boundary shifts, regulation changes, or new information that has not been previously submitted to the process, which are the most helpful types of comments to the task force at this point in time. Members of the public have been clearly indicating if they are writing about MPA options in a specific geography being considered by the task force or the Round 3 SCRSG MPA proposals.

Consistent with the long-standing practice of taking public comment on action items, the public will have an opportunity to provide verbal comment to the task force prior to a vote to adopt a preferred alternative. The task force has previously heard significant public comment on this subject at the first part of its meeting on October 21; therefore, the task force will request that comments on the motion to adopt a preferred alternative be specific to the action item and focused on any new information that has not been previously disclosed. Members of the public with new information to share with the task force are requested to designate a spokesperson who can represent their viewpoint; speakers will be asked to indicate on their comment card the details of the new information to be presented. The task force will also look to SCRSG members to actively provide a voice for public interests.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bloodydecks Notice on MLPA meeting

When: October 21, 2009
Where: Long Beach Hilton, 701 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Time: Protest 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Outside on Ocean Avenue Sidewalk)
Public Comment 1:30 PM (Please turn in your speaker card as early as possible)
Public Comment 7:00 PM (Please turn in your speaker card as early as possible)
Why: The Blue Ribbon Task force is scheduled to recommend which Marine Protected Area (MPA) proposal to move forward to the Fish and Game Commission (F&GC).

Your support for Work Group 2’s Proposal (WG2) is needed. WG2 has the support of recreational fishermen, commercial fishermen; has gained cross interest support; and minimizes the socio-economic impact on our communities.
This is it!  We can’t stress how important it is that you show up to this meeting!
If you value our near-shore fishery and having access to it, now is the time to act.  We have been keeping you abreast of the MLPA issues, and we are in the final leg of our battle to keep our fishing grounds open.  There is no more important time than now to let your voice be heard.  This is our LAST chance to let the BRTF know that we fishermen and fisherwomen support Map 2, the least restrictive to recreational fishing and with the least economic impact.
Oct. 21st is the last BRTF meeting and the most critical one of your fishing career. What you do on Oct. 21st will determine where you can fish (and for some--whether you can fish) for the rest of your life.

Bussing has been organized to take you to the meeting and back. Watermen's Alliance will feed you pizza and drinks. Wear black shirts and tags (tag furnished at the event). All we need is your support.

You need to show up to speak, and even if you don't speak, we need people to support and cede time to those who speak. Keep in mind that the fishermen were outnumbered 10:1 at the July 28, 2009 BRTF meeting (a day known as Bloody Tuesday). If the majority of the attendees again say "We need to close as much of the ocean as possible" and "Fishermen are the problem", you bet the BRTF will be paying attention and the maps will reflect accordingly.
By Oct. 22nd, some of you may be looking at the Salton Sea as your only remaining fishing option.

Please show up on Oct. 21st, 2009, but more importantly, please bring your wife, parents, children to show them the faces of the communities they will be hurting if they shut down areas where people make their livelihood and recreate.

Lots of BDers and people in other communities have worked long and hard to protect key fishing spots for you. Group 2 map is the ONLY map to back. Group 1 and 3 maps will KILL fishing in southern California.

Starting at 8:30am, the Regional Stakeholder Group Members will be presenting the three proposals to the BRTF. There will also be a question and answer session to allow each RSG member to express their individual point of view. Naturally, all of that is open to members of the public!

Most likely, the BRTF will begin their deliberations on their choice of a preferred alternative that morning. At the very least, they'll be thinking about it and working with staff to craft a suggested motion or motions.

That's where all you urgently valuable members of the public come in to express YOUR preference, YES ON 2. The first opportunity to do that will come at about 1:30pm, just after the lunch break. The staff will be gathering speaker cards all morning long.

So, it will be important for folks arriving later, to find out just exactly what went on that morning!

Bloodydecks has helped arrange bus transportation to the event.  Busses will be leaving from San Diego, Riverside and Temecula with various pick up points along the way.  Cost to ride the bus is $20 but will include a free half-day pass from one of the participating landings.  For more information please follow these links:
General Bus Information Links:

Bus Info Link 1

Bus Info Link 2

Bus Route Information:

San Diego Info

Acknowledgement: This document is the work of many from different fishing communities and websites. It’s done in spare time by multiple volunteers, who love diving and fishing and the ocean. It’s not supported or paid for by the mega-enviro foundations who paid for the MLPA implementation. So it is not spit-and-polish. We all have real jobs. We do not get paid by grants from some animal rights mega-group or some other corporate/enviro entities. However, like all underdog fishermen volunteer efforts in this process, it comes from the right place.

Please help by being there on October 21st, 2009 in Long Beach.
The fishermen’s map is the Group 2 map. Period. That’s the one we all support (H&L, commercial, kayakfishing, pier fishermen, spearfishermen, etc.). Period.

Let us dispel the notion that Group 3 gives a shit about fishermen. That’s an enviro map and they don’t give a crap. The maps exceed what is required—the goal is to close as much as they can get away with. Let us also dispel the notion that Group 1 is a “cross-interest” map. There are so many things wrong with that map, and with the shenanigans involved in coming up with that map, that would take too long to discuss here.

As far as we’re concerned, for fisherman, there’s only one map that makes sense and balances socio-economic versus closures the best: the Group 2 map.

Remember the V for peace sign. Two fingers. Group 2. That’s us.
The easiest way to craft your speech, if you have never done one, is a 3-part speech.

1) My name is {fill in the blank}. I’m a {fisherman, kayakfisherman, spearfishermen, lobster diver, etc.} and a conservationist. I support Proposal 2 because it does the best job of balancing my needs as a ocean user versus closures.

2) I specifically like Proposal 2 shape for {fill in the blank—San Diego, La Jolla, Laguna, PV, Malibu, Point Dume, Santa Barbara, Catalina, whatever} because _________________.
3) I'm opposed to [Proposal 1 and/or 3] for {fill in the blank—San Diego, La Jolla, Laguna, PV, Malibu, Point Dume, Santa Barbara, Catalina, whatever} because ______________.
{Click here to see what is on the table NOW}
Using 1) 2) and 3) above as a framework, there is a lot of latitude for individual expression that may include issues about business losses, access issues, cultural and family values, family recreation and bonding, safety concerns (!), access issues(again!), subsistence, carbon footprint, costs, etc. -- or some combination. All of these issues will be relevant with the overwhelming majority of the BRTF members to varying degrees.

Create two speeches before you show up to the meeting: The first 30-second speech (between 80-100 words) needs to cover Points #1 and #2. The second 30-second speech can be an add-on and can expand on #2, or go into #3. But do not go over the 30-second (for the first speech) and 1-minute mark (for both speeches) since this is likely all the time you have. Remember—we make the most impact by the variety and number of people and the different logical points we can point out from our experience as ocean users.

What fishermen do NOT want to do, even inadvertently (because it will encourage the BRTF to substitute or mix and match or come up with new proposals out of thin air or worse, allow the enviros to capitalize on your acquiescence in one location and claim that there is cross-interest for their ENTIRE group 1 map or group 3 map):

1) I like [some particular MPA] in [Group 1 or 3 map] but not that particular MPA in Group 2. NO NO NO(!)
2) Anything that resembles (1) NO NO NO(!)
3) Anything that even faintly suggests that a segment of the fishing community supports ANY particular MPA location in Proposal 1 or Proposal 3. NO NO NO(!)
First and foremost, Do not rant. Do not be disrespectful. Do not let your anger or emotion undo the work that hundreds of others have put in, involving tens of thousands of hours achieving so far for you. Trust us—you will be helping the other side more if you come across crude or ranting and you are identified with the fishermen side. This is not the time and place.

These following comments do NOT work AT ALL at this stage. AVOID THEM. There was a time and place for these and there will be a time and place for these again. Not at the Oct. 21st meeting either day or night sessions. These are no good even for the general comments during the evening session.

1) General complaints about MPA's -- not proven to work, not necessary, fishing regulations are a better approach, we already have too many, etc.

2) Stop the process -- lack of funding, no money for enforcement, monitoring, evaluation, adaptive management, etc.

3) Leave my NIMBY interest alone -- blame it on those other guys (commercial or rec or both), if only it wasn't for [fill in the blank] things would be just fine, make an exception for me everywhere, etc.

4) Anything that does not reference the current proposals as they are NOW -- complaints about concepts that used to be, former packages (like past External C), individual MPA concepts that once existed early in the process, etc. {Click here to see what is on the table NOW}

5) Complaints about what the BRTF has done in the past, unrelated to the current proposals.

6) Challenges to the science, partisan politics, the RSGs, the greenhaired lady in the audience, this group, that group, the governor, the DFG, individual BRTF members, etc.
There was a time and a place for almost all of the above. And there will be again, we’ll let you know when. Just don’t make these at the Oct. 21st meeting— you’ll be wasting your time and take valuable time away from others.
E) Q&As
1) Can you create a sample speech?
Sure. This is a sample speech but you can see how it flows.
My name is John Doe. I’m a fisherman and conservationist and I’ve fished La Jolla for most of my life, the last 7 years with my sons and wife. I support Proposal 2 because it does the best job of balancing my family needs as ocean users versus closures. I specifically like Proposal 2’s shape for La Jolla because it keeps the existing reserve at La Jolla Cove and additionally proposes to create Del Mar and North Point Loma reserves. These are good habitats for closure that will clearly support the goals of the MLPA.

Fishing in La Jolla is how our family bonds. (*Note 1: this is your 30-second speech. In general, count on 80-100 words every 30 seconds. *)
The Proposal 1 map for La Jolla is bad because it unnecessarily brackets both sides of Mission Bay, one of the busiest fishing ports in the world. Proposal 3 is bad because it closes off access for fishermen to a large area of La Jolla, where most of the shore access and fishable waters for millions of San Diegans are found. Impact to users and businesses will be devastating, and when a lot of boats are jammed into smaller open areas, danger to spearfishermen and kayakfishermen increases. Proposal 2 does the best job of balancing socio-economic interests versus closure by placing reserves in less populated areas. Thank you. (*Note 2: this is the second part of your 30-second speech. If you have a minute, then read this second part *).

2) Should I write my speech ahead?
It’s the only way. You will be cut off when your time (either 30 seconds or 1 minute) is up. Write two-part speech. The first 100 words is your 30-second speech. The second 100 words, if you have time, will help you finish your 1-minute speech if you are given 1 minute.
3) Should I read my speech or should I do a public speaking delivery?
No one is grading you on public speaking. Deliver your message in the most concise and accurate way. For me, that’s reading my prepared speech. I recommend it.
4) What about ceding time? I don’t want to speak.
New and interesting faces from the public are worth more than the same few faces and speeches heard over and over. We encourage you to speak. That’s why we spent time creating this document.

If  you want to cede time (and we do need people to cede time), look for a spearfishermen or kayakfishermen representative. These two groups are coordinating ceding time for the entire fishermen side (last thing we want to do is stupidly cede time to a speaker from the other side (!) or leave any of our speakers short on cede time). Ask any spearfisherman for Zenspearo or Paul Romanowski or Jeff Sporcich or Volker Hoehne. Ask any kayakfishermen for Tyler Webb or Billy V or Holy Mackerel (Chris Fierro) or Grego. They will tell you what to do. PLEASE CONTACT THEM AT THE LATEST BY 1PM FOR THE AFTERNOON SESSION, OR BY 6PM FOR THE EVENING SESSION. THE MLPA PEOPLE WILL NOT (!) ACCEPT LATE CARDS.
5) What if I need more time for my speech? How can I get people to cede time to me?
Again, look for a spearfishermen or kayakfishermen representative. These two groups are coordinating ceding time for the entire fishermen side (last thing we want to do is stupidly cede time to a speaker from the other side (!) or leave any of our speakers short on cede time). Ask any spearfisherman for Zenspearo or Paul Romanowski or Jeff Sporcich or Volker Hoehne. Ask any kayakfishermen for Tyler Webb or Billy V or Holy Mackerel (Chris Fierro) or Grego. They will tell you what to do. PLEASE CONTACT THEM AT THE LATEST BY 1PM FOR THE AFTERNOON SESSION, OR BY 6PM FOR THE EVENING SESSION. THE MLPA PEOPLE WILL NOT (!) ACCEPT LATE CARDS.
6) Should I bring my wife and kids and neighbors?
Absolutely. Please do. We really mean it. This is the best thing you can do for your fishing.
Everyone, from 90 YO to 6-month old, gets the same amount of time. It’s very important that we have new faces and new voices. The few of us have spoken so many times, people are starting to tune us out. We need time cards for ceding time even if they don’t speak. Plus, your family and friends’ attendance will show that the public cares about closures that affect them.
7) Should we applause or cheer or jeer to show our approval/disapproval of someone’s speech?
In a word. No.

I know it’s aggravating, as you have seen in the tapes of the RSG meeting past, that fishermen get cut off on the dot (or even before they can speak), while conservation speakers are allowed to go on and on past their time. Let it slide. Our number will hopefully make up for it. As someone said after the August RSG meeting: It sucks; it’s not fair; it’s blatantly biased. Let it slide. Not easy, but you won’t help us much by getting kicked out either. Let it be.
8) How important is my attendance? I’m only one person. What difference does it make?
We fishermen got stomped by people acting on this impulse and did not attend the July 28 BRTF meeting. The ratio was 10:1 against fishermen. We looked pathetic.

This is the last MLPA meeting for the South Coast. We need your help, and we need you to bring your wife, husband, kids, friends, neighbors to show public support for fishing, to balance out the shouts for ridiculously large closures, and to cede time. Lots of fishermen, spearfishermen, kayakfishermen, need time to speak on behalf of all fishermen. Be there to help out fishing interests or we’ll all be fishing at Lake Hodges next year.
9) What color shirt are we wearing?
We are coordinating with black shirts. A collar shirt is preferred but nice clean t-shirt will do. Keep the R-rated ones at home.

We will also hand out a placard to help identify you as a fisherman at the meeting. These placards will be available on-site that day.
10) If I can’t speak about general comment topics in the evening session, what can I speak about?
Background: The MLPA I-team will not allow you to speak about a preferred map if you already spoke on that topic during the afternoon session.

First strategy: We need you there in the evening as well to cede time to the people who, due to extreme circumstances, can only make the evening session to speak. This is not preferred—we need people there for both the afternoon and evening sessions, but some can’t help it. For the evening speakers, we want to give them as much time as possible to speak. So stay around to at least cede time.

Second Strategy: There are some general comment topics that will be discussed. These will be coordinated among the veterans who have been around and know what they can say. They NEED more time from you. So please hang around and give the veterans your cede time in the evening session.

Third Strategy: Say you (John Doe) show up with your fishing buddy Jack Brown. You can speak in the afternoon on your support of Group 2’s map for your area, using the time ceded from Jack Brown, to more fully present your point of view. Then Jack can speak in the evening in support of Group 2’s map for whatever area he fishes in, using your cede time, to more fully present his point of view. Caveat: Now that we’ve said this, the MLPA I-team will probably try to change the rules to keep fishermen from speaking. So stay tuned.
11) What about transportation?
The hotel will validate your car. Try to carpool if possible. There will also be at least 3 buses running from San Diego, Temecula, and Riverside and rides can be obtained for a nominal cost of $20/person round trip. No driving, no parking, no hassle. Go here for more information.
12) What about food?
The Watermen’s Alliance will serve pizza and drinks to all fishermen wearing black at approximately 6PM that day on site.

13) Where do I get additional information?
Go to the following websites for latest info and updates:
Spearboard  (*Check here first*)
14) Who can I talk to if I have further questions?
Go to the following websites and post your question. Someone will respond.
Spearboard  (*Check here first*)

This is our last chance to make public comment with the BRTF. Be there at least 1 hour before the speaking times are due to start. The evening session will have free pizza for all fishermen in black shirts in attendance compliments of the Watermen's Alliance. If you don’t wear a black shirt, we assume you are going to speak against fishermen. Don’t worry, someone will still feed you but it’d be a veggie pizza and I’d check that slice of pizza carefully…just kidding…
Hilton Long Beach & Public Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90831
Public Speaking Times: 1:30PM-5PM and 7PM-10PM.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
See you on Oct. 21st in Long Beach.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Last Minute Meeting by the MLPA - CA. Attoney General Advice

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who:              Members of the public
What:             Invitation to attend as observers a briefing of the MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group and the MLPA Statewide Interests Group on a recent advice letter from the California Attorney General's office regarding marine protected areas and the Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act

When:            October 14, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.

Where:          Teleconference/webinar or in-person with staff at four locations (San Diego, Los Alamitos, Santa Barbara and Sacramento).  Please see attached draft briefing agenda for details.
California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative
SCRSG and SIG Briefing Regarding AG Advice Letter
Draft Agenda
(revised October 11, 2009)
* This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability,
please contact California Relay Service (at least two days prior to the meeting) at 800.735.2929 (TT) or
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
8:00 a.m.
via teleconference and online meeting
Toll-free conference call Presentations via GoToMeeting
Dial-in number: 800.697.5978 Make your reservation now at
Passcode: 941 2446
For public onsite teleconference and webinar access:
Resources Building *
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1305
Sacramento, CA 95814
California Department of Fish and Game *
4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Southwest Fisheries Science Center *
3333 North Torrey Pines Court, Room 380 La Jolla, CA 92037-1022
UCSB Marine Science Institute
Marine Science Research Building*
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150
Public Participation: Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting using the toll-free phone number and to watch presentations via the GoToMeeting webinar, or may join staff at one of the offices listed above. In addition, the meeting is being simultaneously webcast; see the MLPA website ( for more information.
Public parking is available at no charge at the above locations except for the Marine Science Research Building and the Resources Building.
(1) The Marine Science Research Building is most easily accessed via bus from downtown Santa Barbara or Goleta by taking the UCSB express; directions and bus stop times are available at Alternatively, UCSB campus visitor parking passes can be requested by contacting Satie Airame at
(2) The Resources Building is most easily accessed via the Light Rail Blue and Gold lines ( Parking in downtown Sacramento is via a city garage or metered street parking; members of the public can be reimbursed by staff at the building for any parking fees.
Public Comment: This briefing is for MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group and MLPA Statewide Interests Group members and is not a public meeting; as such, there is no public comment period set. Members of the public are invited to observe the briefing.
800.735.2922 (

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Action Required to save Fishing

Dear One Cool Tuna Friends
It is a critical time in the development of the MLPA phase for the south coast, and we need your help.  Please click the link below and send an e-mail in support of Proposal 2, one of the three options and the only one that would minimize the damage to recreational fishing.  It takes just a few seconds and could make the difference in our fishing future.
Thank you
Jeff - Cool Tuna
Blue Ribbon Task Force Nearing Recommendation on Recreational Fishing Access  in the South Coast - Take Action!   Letters from anglers and boaters needed to persuade BRTF to support Proposal 2  
The Situation
At its upcoming October 20-22 meeting, the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) is scheduled to vote on which marine protected area (MPA) proposal to recommend for the South Coast under the state's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), which represents the interests of recreational anglers and boaters, is supporting Proposal 2 for the South Coast. Proposal 2 places MPAs in locations with a high level of conservation while minimizing the economic impact on local communities and still allows anglers maximum access to fishing. It is the only proposal that truly reflects the spirit of conservation.
To protect as much recreational fishing opportunity as possible, send a letter to the BRTF in support of Proposal 2. The Task Force needs to hear from you before its upcoming vote - send your letter now!
Thank you for doing your part to Keep America Fishing!

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Maps - On-Line interactive

 California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who:  Work groups of the MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (SCRSG)

What:  Final SCRSG marine protected area proposals, including:
            * Narrative rationale for the overall proposal
            * Overview map
            * Descriptions of individual MPAs with allowed uses and site-specific rationales
            * Habitat calculations
            * Subregional maps
            * Supplementary information developed by the work groups

When:  Now available online, in print form, and on CD.
            Additional materials will be posted as they become available.

              Print form or CD:  Contact the MLPA office at or 916.654.1885

MLPA South Coast Public Comments - Oct. 21 2009

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement Guidelines for Providing Public Comment to the
MLPA South Coast Project


Who:               Members of the public

             Opportunities to provide public comment on the MLPA South Coast Project

Where:            MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) meeting
                        Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center

                        701 West Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90831

When:             Public comment will be taken on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at approximately 1:30 p.m.
                        and again at approximately 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to provide comments directly related to recommending a preferred marine protected area (MPA) proposal for the MLPA South Coast Study Region, the primary purpose for this BRTF meeting.

1.     Specific public comment will be taken beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. for approximately three hours. All comments provided at this time should be focused on recommending a preferred MPA proposal for the MLPA South Coast Study Region.

      • Feedback on specific shape boundaries, types (classifications) of MPAs, and location of proposed MPAs is valuable. Do you support what is being proposed? If not, can you offer a specific change in shape, classification and/or location?

2. General public comment related to the MLPA Initiative will be taken from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The public may speak to broader topics involving the BRTF or provide comments directly related to recommending a preferred MPA proposal for the south coast.

We request that speakers chose one comment period in which to speak.. See below for specific guidelines for providing effective public comment.

3.     Written comments are encouraged to be submitted by midnight on October 11, 2009. Written comments will still be accepted after October 11, however comments received after midnight on October 11 will not be received by the BRTF in advance of the October 20-22 meeting.

Opportunities for the public to learn about the Round 3 final regional stakeholder group MPA proposals include:

      • Review Round 3 final SCRSG proposals on the MLPA website after Thursday, September 24 (visit the popular resources box at
      • On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, screenshots of each final SCRSG MPA proposal will be available for public viewing outside of the general meeting room.

Please refer to the below and attached document, Guidelines for Providing Public Comment to the MLPA Initiative South Coast Project for additional information.

Guidelines for Providing Public Comment to the
Marine Life Protection Act South Coast Project

The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative is designed as a transparent, science-based and stakeholder-driven process. As such, public comment is important to the success of the marine protected area (MPA) planning process. There are different methods available for public comment listed below.

Verbal Comments at Meetings
All meetings of the MLPA Initiative process will offer a minimum of one opportunity for public comment. Guidelines for general public comment at meetings include:
·        Comment cards will be available approximately 1.5 hours before the start of each public comment period. Speakers are requested to choose one comment period in which to speak.
·        Comment cards are requested to be submitted 15 minutes before the start of a public comment period. No new comment cards will be accepted once the comment period has begun. Speakers must be present and turn in their own cards (this also applies to all individual speakers who wish to cede their time to other speakers).

·        Comment cards will be counted and, at the discretion of staff or the chair, the time allocated to each speaker will be based on the total available time and number of individuals wishing to speak. Time allotments will be enforced.

·        Speakers with a shared message or from the same organization are encouraged to combine speaking points. Additional time for comment will be given to these ‘spokespeople’ and those who have ceded their time can stand to show support.

·        Speakers with ceded time will be placed at the front of the queue.  All other members of the public will be invited to speak in the order the speaker cards are received.

·        Speakers are welcome to distribute written material to the audience. Other media presentations, such as slides and videos, are only permitted by prior arrangement (contact Kelly Sayce at 310-738-2665 or and may be limited depending on time availability. Please arrive early and let staff know if you have a media presentation. An alternate space in the venue will be provided for displaying any additional media information, as needed and as space is available.

·        The time for public comment will be noticed in the agenda for each meeting.
o   For the upcoming MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting:
·        On October 21, 2009 specific public comment will be taken at approximately 1:30 p.m. for approximately three hours. All comments provided at this time should be directly related to developing a final recommended MPA proposal for the south coast.
·        On October 21, 2009 general public comment will be taken at approximately 7:00-9:30 p.m.
o   We request that you choose one comment period in which to speak at the upcoming BRTF meeting. If you request to speak during both comment periods, your comments during the evening session must be related to something other than developing the preferred MPA proposal to recommend for the south coast.

·        An atmosphere of respect and consideration among the public is essential for a productive comment period. Verbal threats, hostile comments, clapping, jeering and the like will not be tolerated and may lead to immediate dismissal.

Written Comments
Written comments are accepted on an ongoing basis via email, fax or mail. All written comments are collated on a weekly basis and distributed to the south coast regional stakeholder group, blue ribbon task force (BRTF), and staff, as well as the science advisory team if the comments are science related.

Written comments on Round 3 final proposals are encouraged to be submitted by midnight on October 11, 2009 so that BRTF members receive them in advance of the October meeting. Written comments will still be accepted after October 11; however, comments received after October 11 will not be received by the BRTF in advance of the October 20-22 meeting.

Comments to the MLPA Initiative can be submitted using any one of the following methods:          

Marine Life Protection Act Initiative                           
c/o California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Next Meeting - MLPA

OneCoolTuna would like to inform you about the next meeting -

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who: The MLPA Initiative invites members of the public interested in learning more about redesigning marine protected areas (MPAs) for the north coast

What: Save the date for a public workshop to:

· Receive an introduction to the MLPA and MLPA Initiative

· Review the north coast MPA planning process

· Learn the necessary components of an MPA proposal, including science and feasibility guidelines

· Receive basic training in MarineMap, the MLPA Initiative’s online mapping tool

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Staff will also be available on Wednesday, September 30 at multiple locations to answer more detailed and specific questions.

Where: Workshop to be held in Eureka with staffed satellite locations in Crescent City and Fort Bragg. Venues to be determined, but will include in-person, teleconference and webinar options to allow you to participate from any number of locations.

RSVP: Light refreshments will be served for in-person participants. To ensure adequate food, beverage and seating, please RSVP for in-person participation to Delbra Gibbs (916.424.8897 or

Friday, September 4, 2009

Last Push to save Fishing

Is that clear enough?

The MLPA process is almost over and it’s not looking good for the fisherman by ANY measure. TO BE CLEAR, if you are a fishermen this IS going to change where you fish and what you catch for the WORSE. This WILL put landings, tackle stores, marinas and charter boats out business. This WILL take jobs from honest, hardworking people who do what they love for a living.

What can you do?

There are two more KEY dates left in this battle. It’s NOT too late. YOU can still make a difference.

We need YOU. YES YOU! Plain and simple we need BODIES to win this battle.

The first event you can attend is your local AWARENESS RALLY. There are currently three of these organized for this Saturday September 5, 2009. PLEASE come out and bring your trailer boat, kayak, etc. with you for a PEACEFULL drive around your local Marinas and Launch Areas. There will be flyers, stickers and banners available to dress your vehicles up for the rally. PLEASE make every effort to attend and GET YOUR BUDDIES involved.

Here are links to the events:

San Diego Rally

Orange County Rally

Los Angeles Rally

These Rallys are all to raise awareness for the LAST PUBLIC MLPA MEETING on September 10, 2009 . IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING for the MLPA battle, PLEASE BE AT THIS MEETING.

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
6101 W. Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

If you would like to learn more about the MLPA Process, please see

If you would like to discuss the MLPA and get up to the minute news, please see Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPA) -

I know a lot of you are BURNT on the MLPA issue (myself included!) but this is the final stretch and we need one last push! The awesome angler turn out at the Santa Ana meetings truly made an impact. It’s time to make ourselves seen and heard AGAIN.

Thanks very much for your support.

Ali Hussainy
Bloodydecks LLC

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Changes in the MLPA

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who: MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force Chair Don Benninghoven

What: Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Fish and Game Commission

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Chair Benninghoven stepped down from the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force as he took on his new responsibilities as a member of the state commission that oversees the protection and management of California's fish and wildlife. Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman will soon name a new chair to the task force.


For Immediate Release: Contact: Aaron McLear

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Rachel Cameron


Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointment

Monday, June 29, 2009

Meeting tonight in Carlsbad

Here is the link to the overview of the Open House Meetings, that was posted by Big Joe on Bloodydecks. Please read it over and make sure you attend one of your local meetings.

or click here

BloodyDecks Link

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Latest round of changes

Here is a link to the latest round of changes.

Also some local meetings are coming to San Diego this week.
Monday, June 29
Hilton Garden Inn
6450 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 476-0800

Tuesday, June 30

Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 222-1620

Wednesday, July 1
Aliso Creek Inn
31106 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 499-2271

Please attend and get informed..

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

List of Ca. Senators - Emails

Please contact your State Senator at the following email.

senator lois wolk
senator darrell steinberg
senator elaine alquist
senator roderick wright
senator ronald calderon
senator gloria negrete mc leod
senator lou correa
senator denise ducheny

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Open House Meeting - San Diego Finally

Please Attend one of these meetings to get updates and voice your opinion on the MLPA

California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who: MLPA Initiative Staff and the General Public

What: South Coast Summer Public Open Houses (attached and also available on the website)

When: June 29, 30, and July 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 13
5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) requires the state to examine and redesign California’s system of marine protected areas. The public is invited to come to these open houses anytime each evening to visit informational stations, review and comment on draft marine protected area proposals, provide input on particular areas of interest and ask questions of staff and regional stakeholders. See attached flier for more details.

All are welcome to attend*. The open houses are all scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drop by anytime!

Monday, June 29
Hilton Garden Inn
6450 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Tuesday, June 30
Marina Village Conference Ctr.
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109

Wednesday, July 1
Aliso Creek Inn
31106 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Monday, July 6
Simons Banquet Center
Ports O Call Village, Berth 80
1050 Nagoya Way
San Pedro, CA 90731

Tuesday, July 7
Marina del Rey Hotel
13534 Bali Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Wednesday, July 8
Residence Inn
2101 W Vineyard Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93036

Thursday, July 9
Fess Parker's Doubletree
633 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
$2 parking fee

Monday, July 13
Catalina Island
Location TBD

What if I can’t attend one of the public open houses?
If you are not able to attend, you may also provide your feedback by sending a message to or by mail to MLPA Initiative, c/o California Natural Resources Agency, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311, Sacramento, CA 95814. Your comments will be most helpful if received no later than July 19, 2009 so that they can be distributed to the SCRSG and BRTF members prior to the start of Round 3.

*Opportunities for the non-English speaking public to provide input will also be made available

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Next Meeting

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement
Who: MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team

What: Tenth meeting and draft agenda (attached and also posted to the MLPA website)

When: June 18, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel North

9601 Airport Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90054

and via simultaneous webcast (on the day of the meeting) at (see attached for details).

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Next Meeting of the MLPA

You Need To Be Here Thursday
You Will Loose Your Right To Fish
What: Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting

When: Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. General public comment (not specific to a particular agenda item) will be taken at approximately 9:40 a.m.

Where: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

We need a large turnout. The BRTF may limit the amount of time (as low as one minute) for each member of the public to speak. Be ready and speak directly to the point. The BRTF may also change the time of the public comment so please plan on waiting for a while.

For those of you unable to attend you can still make your opinion be heard via email or regular mail. Can't Attend- Send an E Mail or US Mail Now

Go to:
Email to:

Or mail to:Marine Life Protection Act/Initiative
c/o California Natural Resource Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Thursday 21 May 2009
Fukuto Needs You Thursday
Steve Fukuto, president of United Anglers of Southern California and a PSO member. "The PSO has repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the lack of scientific data and guidance from the BRTF, as well as the blind adherence to an arbitrary timeline," continued Doerr. "The blatant bias shown after the most recent RSG meeting is the latest example of how the South Coast process has gone awry, and it is also the incident of greatest concern for the recreational fishing and boating communities."

"As the process of deciding what portions of California's coastline will be designated as MPAs, and therefore off-limits for recreational fishing, the parameters keep changing." Doerr further said, "Repeated requests from the PSO and numerous other stakeholder groups to slow down the implementation process and address the very real issues of future funding and better scientific data, have fallen on deaf ears."

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