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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/pdfs/scmpas121510.pdf
Who:    California Fish and Game Commission
What:   News release (see below) regarding the adopted marine protected area regulations for the
            MLPA South Coast Study Region (Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the
            California-Mexico border in San Diego County) and certified final environmental impact
            report (EIR, prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA) for proposed
            south coast marine protected areas
When:   Regulations are expected to go into effect in 2011; the final EIR is available now
Where:  A message will be sent to this list when the south coast marine protected area regulations have
            been approved by the Office of Administrative Law; the final EIR is available at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/finalimpact_sc.asp

California Department of Fish and Game News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 15, 2010
Contacts:
Adrianna Shea, Fish and Game Commission, (916) 508-5262
Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications, (916) 654-9937
California Fish and Game Commission Gives Final Approval for South Coast Marine Protected Areas
The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) has adopted regulations to create a new suite of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Southern California. At a Commission meeting in Santa Barbara today, the regulations were adopted as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which requires California to reexamine and redesign its system of MPAs with the goals to, among other things, increase the effectiveness of MPAs in protecting the states marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems and marine natural heritage.
Informed by recommendations generated through a two-year public planning process, the regulations will create 36 new MPAs encompassing approximately 187 square miles (8 percent) of state waters in the study region. Approximately 116 square miles (4.9 percent) have been designated as no-take state marine reserves (82.5 square miles/3.5 percent) and no-take state marine conservation areas (33.5 square miles/1.4 percent), with the remainder designated as state marine conservation areas with different take allowances and varying levels of protection. In addition to approving the MPA regulations, the Commission also certified the environmental impact report prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
The public planning process for the south coast region, from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the California border with Mexico, began in July 2008 and included more than 50 days of meetings with formal public comment held for a 64-member Regional Stakeholder Group, a Science Advisory Team and a Blue Ribbon Task Force appointed by the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. In addition, more than 12,000 written public comments were submitted through the regulatory and environmental review processes to help inform recommendations on south coast region MPAs.
The California Department of Fish and Game, the lead agency charged with managing the states marine resources, will be responsible for implementing the MLPA program which will include enforcement, education, monitoring and research activities. The south coast MPA regulations are anticipated to go into effect in mid-2011 after appropriate filings with the Office of Administrative Law and the Secretary of State.
The south coast study region is the third of five study regions to complete the planning process under the MLPA. Once implemented, the south coast MPAs will join the MPAs currently in place from the central and north-central coast study regions to form a network ranging approximately 875 miles from the California border with Mexico to Alder Creek near Point Arena in Mendocino County. The Commission will receive recommendations for the north coast study region from the north coast blue ribbon task force in February which will mark the start of the formal regulatory process. Planning is under way to develop the process for San Francisco Bay, the fifth and final study region.
The existing MPAs in the northern Channel Islands, which encompass an additional 168 square miles and 7 percent of state waters in the study region, were not modified as part of this decision.
A map of the decisions made today can be viewed at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/pdfs/scmpas121510.pdf.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Critical Vote Dec 15-16


The Situation
During its upcoming meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission could vote to enclose approximately 15 percent of southern California’s coastal waters within marine protected areas (MPAs), including many of the most popular fishing spots, under the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. This critical vote comes at a time when concerns about the MLPA process continue to escalate. A recent court ruling validates long-held concerns about the secretive ways in which the groups implementing the MLPA have been making decisions. The meeting is being held December 15-16, in Santa Barbara.

The MLPA process has been plagued by numerous issues which have not been resolved, including:

  • The lack of a transparent and open decision making process
  • Inadequate resources for enforcement and biological monitoring
  • A process that side-steps a science-based fisheries management approach that clearly identifies the threats to California’s marine environment

Touted as “ecosystem protection,” the MLPA only targets recreational fishing and its significant economic contributions to California’s economy all the while ignoring the litany of significant threats to California’s oceans, such as sewage outfalls and storm water runoff, agricultural chemicals and other pollutants, ocean acidification, ocean side development and once-through cooling.

The Department of Fish and Game estimates that the MPA regulations will cost California’s taxpayers $40 million annually for enforcement and biological monitoring – resources that the state simply does not have. With a current deficit of $26 billion, California cannot afford to adopt costly measures that will only work to limit recreational fishing access which provides employment for 20,000 Californians.

How You Can Help
Given the numerous serious concerns surrounding the process, please send a message to the California Fish and Game Commission urging them to suspend the South Coast MLPA implementation.

Visit
www.KeepAmericaFishing.org for more information on the MLPA.

Thank you for doing your part to help KeepAmericaFishing!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

3 New Meeting dates for the MLPA workshop.

Save the Date: Attend Round 2 Public Workshop Informing Development of the
South Coast Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Plan


**To receive general updates and other information, please sign up for the Monitoring Enterprise listserv at monitoringenterprise.org.

The MPA Monitoring Enterprise, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), invites you to attend the second round of public workshops to inform the development of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Plan for the South Coast region (Point Conception to the California/Mexico border).

The first round of public workshops, held in July 2010, described the monitoring framework and the anticipated process and timeline for developing the plan, and gathered public input on South Coast MPA monitoring perspectives and priorities. An overview of those workshops is available on the Monitoring Enterprise website: www.calost.org/South_Coast.html.

At the second round of workshops, Monitoring Enterprise staff will:
  • Present and answer questions on: 1) draft monitoring metrics for assessing ecosystem conditions and trends, and 2) draft questions to evaluate MPA design and management decisions; and
  • Invite written comment on the draft metrics and questions, at and/or following the workshops.

The workshops will take place in three locations in the South Coast region (all times are approximately 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM). All workshops will have the same format and agenda. The Monitoring Enterprise will post the agenda, venue information, and other advance meeting materials on the Monitoring Enterprise website at least one week prior to the workshops:
    • Monday, November 8: Santa Barbara
    • Wednesday, November 10: Culver City
    • Monday, November 15: Carlsbad

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, October 29 to Christine Lim (clim@kearnswest.com or 415-391-7900) with the date/location you will attend. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by October 29.

Please feel free to forward this email to other members of the public who would be interested in attending. Please contact Christine Lim (see email address above) with any questions. For more information about the MPA Monitoring Enterprise, please visit http://calost.org/monitoring_ent.html

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MLPA Meeting Southern Sept. 29th

Please see attached for a draft agenda for the commission’s September 29, 2010 meeting.  Subject of the meeting is consideration of possible extension of public review and comment period for the draft environmental impact report regarding MPAs in the MLPA South Coast Study Region.

AND GAME COMMISSION
(916) 653-4899
www.fgc.ca.gov
Special Meeting of Lion’s Gate Hotel & Conference Center
September 29, 2010 (Wednesday) Club Ballroom1
12:00 p.m. 3410 Westover Street
McClellan, CA.

AGENDA

ALL MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1. DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF PUBLIC
REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
REPORT REGARDING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN THE CALIFORNIA SOUTH
COAST STUDY REGION PURSUANT TO THE MARINE LIFE PROTECTION ACT.
1 These facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact
California Relay Service at 1 (800) 735-2929 (TT) or 1 (800) 735-2922 (Voice) and ask them to contact the California Fish and Game
Commission at (916) 653-4899.
2 The public is encouraged to comment on any item on the agenda. In order for the Commission to adequately consider public comments,
the public is requested to submit written comments no later than ten days prior to the meeting. Written comments received fewer than
ten days preceding the meeting will be submitted to the Commission at the meeting; however, Commission staff is unable to deliver
material received one day before and on the day of the meeting to the Commissioners when the meeting is not in Sacramento. Please
send your comments to be received no later than two days before the meeting.
If you

Friday, September 17, 2010

New and Proposed Regulations - Ca. Fish and Game

New and Proposed Regulations

The California Fish and Game Commission is considering the following changes to Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. A business or a person submitting a comment to a proposed regulation or proposed amendment or repeal of a regulation has the right to request a copy of the final statement of reasons. Copies of the final statements of reasons will be available on this web page as they are prepared. Requests may also be submitted to the California Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814. 
fgc.ca.gov/regulations/new/2010/proposedregs 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Victory for California Anglers

Don Benninghoven Is Not Confirmed As a Member of the Fish and Game Commission


Sacramento, CA – August 6, 2010 – Thanks to California’s grassroots anglers who loudly spoke out for a fair and unbiased process for protection of ocean resources along the California coast, the appointment of Fish and Game Commissioner Don Benninghoven was not confirmed by the State Senate. As a result, as of August 4, 2010, Mr. Benninghoven no longer sits on the Commission.  Over the past several months, thousands of concerned citizens voiced their concerns over Mr. Benninghoven’s lack of independence and objectivity as a member of the Commission, especially throughout the process of implementing the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).
 “We are so pleased that recreational anglers from across California responded with letters to Senate President Darrell Steinberg decrying Don Benninghoven's bias in the MLPA process,” said Bob Fletcher of the Sportfishing Association of California and former Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Fish and Game.  “And we are pleased that the State Senate listened to Californians who love to fish and who love the Ocean as much as anybody.” 
In August 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Benninghoven to the Fish & Game Commission at the last minute to vote on a proposal to close areas within California’s North Central Coast region to fishing.  Just prior to his appointment, Mr. Benninghoven had served on the panel that designed the closures.  When appointed to the Commission, Mr. Benninghoven, not surprisingly, cast what turned out to be the deciding vote to approve the very closures he had helped to design.  Had he remained on the Commission, Mr. Benninghoven would also have voted on proposed new closures in the South Coast and North Coast regions.
“Governor Schwarzenegger should take this opportunity to appoint a new Commissioner who will be independent and objective about the implementation of the MLPA,” said Dan Wolford, Science Director for California’s Coastside Fishing Club.  “Implementing the MLPA will cost California jobs and hurt our economy at the worst possible time. The very least we can ask is that a new commissioner has a fair and unbiased approach.” 
Anglers, fisheries scientists and conservationists have roundly criticized flaws in the way that the MLPA has been implemented.   Concerned recreational anglers have already hired attorneys to examine and, if necessary, to pursue a legal challenge in court on their behalf to the flawed way in which the MLPA has been and is being implemented.  
“Now we need California’s anglers to step up and help us by donating to our effort to challenge this flawed MLPA process,” said Steve Fukuto, President of United Anglers of Southern California.  “We need all California anglers to donate what they can to protect their right to fish in the Ocean.”
The recently formed Ocean Access Protection Fund will enable contributors to donate online through its website, www.OceanAccessProtectionFund.org.  
The purpose of the Fund, which is operated by the nonprofit group United Anglers of Southern California, is to provide the financial support necessary to maintain legal challenges involving the MLPA as well as future threats to recreational access to ocean and coastal waters.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

UPDATE - New Location for Upcoming MLPA Scoping Meeting

UPDATE - New Location for Upcoming MLPA Scoping Meeting

Attend the meeting and make sure the interests of recreational anglers are heard!
 
When:            Friday, July 23, 2010
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Where:          Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
IMPORTANT!
The meeting location for the July 23, 2010 scoping meeting for the South Coast phase of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) has been changed. Originally set to be held at the Port of Long Beach Administration Building, the meeting has been relocated to the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to receive input from interested agencies and the public on issues related to the potential environmental effects of the MPA proposals being considered for the South Coast region.
 
Please attend the public meeting on July 23 to ensure that anglers have a strong presence! The public will have an opportunity to comment at the meeting. Let the department know how important recreational fishing is to you and your family, and that additional marine reserves do not always mean more - or better - conservation! If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, written comments may be e-mailed to tnapoli@dfg.ca.gov.
 
Visit www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_sc.asp#presentations for more information on the July 23 meeting.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

MLPA - Public Meeting - Monitoring Plan

Invitation to Attend Public Workshop on Development
of a South Coast Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Plan

The California Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Enterprise (MPA Monitoring Enterprise), in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), invites you to attend a public workshop to inform the development of an MPA monitoring plan for the South Coast region (Point Conception to the California/Mexico border).

These workshops will:  
  • Describe the role and function of the MPA Monitoring Enterprise;
  • Provide an overview of the anticipated process and timeline to develop the South Coast MPA Monitoring Plan;
  • Present information about the MPA monitoring framework and approach developed to meet MLPA requirements; and
  • Offer an opportunity for participants to provide input on MPA monitoring perspectives and priorities.

This workshop will take place in three locations in the south coast region (all times are approximately 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM). All workshops will have the same format and agenda, which will be posted on the MPA Monitoring Enterprise website and distributed to participants who RSVP (see below) prior to the events:

Monday, July 19:  Santa Barbara
Fess Parker’s Doubletree
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 564-4333

Tuesday, July 20:  Santa Monica

Marriott-Le Merigot Beach Hotel
1740 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3214
(800) 785-8708

Monday, July 26:  Carlsbad
Hilton Garden Inn
6450 Carlsbad Boulevard
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 476-0800

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 14 to Christine Lim (clim@kearnswest.com or 415-391-7900) with the date/location you will attend. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.

Please feel free to forward this email to other members of the public who would be interested in attending.  Additionally, the MPA Monitoring Enterprise has started a listserv for announcements and updates. If you’d like to subscribe to receive email updates and information, please click here.


Please contact Christine Lim (see email address above) with any questions. For more information about the MPA Monitoring Enterprise, please visit http://calost.org/monitoring_ent.html

Thank you in advance,

MPA Monitoring Enterprise

 MPA Monitoring Enterprise

California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) requires monitoring to: ensure the MPAs meet MLPA goals; facilitate adaptive management of MPAs; and improve understanding of marine systems. The MPA Monitoring Enterprise was developed under the auspices of the California Ocean Science Trust to work in partnership with the Department of Fish and Game and others to lead development of monitoring that meets these requirements. The MPA Monitoring Enterprise does not have a role in MPA planning or adoption. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More South Coast Meeting to be held

Sacramento, CA -- June 29, 2010 - In response to requests made by the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) and the city of Redondo Beach, the California Fish and Game Commission has agreed to schedule one scoping meeting for the South Coast phase of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) at a time, date and place to be announced. The decision was announced during the June 23-24, Commission meeting held in Folsom, California.
 
Scoping meetings provide the public, stakeholder organizations, governmental agencies and other interested parties the chance to weigh in on issues related to the potential environmental effects of marine protected area proposals being considered by the Commission.
 
The PSO, UASC, and the city of Redondo Beach each submitted letters requesting scoping meetings after learning that the Fish and Game Commission initially intended to bypass the scoping meeting process for the South Coast Region.
 
"While we're pleased that the Commission has acknowledged the need for the scoping meeting process in the South Coast, a single meeting for the region is not nearly adequate for such an important issue," commented Steven Fukuto, president of UASC and a PSO member. "This is yet another example of the MLPA process being rushed to implementation without buy-in and input from the very people it will impact."
 
"Multiple scoping meetings were held for both the Central and North Central Coasts, and I see no reason why the South Coast should receive less," said Paul Lebowitz, director of the Kayak Fishing Association of California and PSO member. "Giving South Coast residents only one opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the MPAs about to be imposed on them is not enough. Given the complexity, magnitude and scope of what is being proposed, the decisions made now will have consequences for generations."
 
"Anglers need to make their voices heard and tell the Commission that they demand to be treated fairly in the South Coast," said Fukuto. "I call upon anglers throughout Southern California to go to www.KeepAmericaFishing.org and send an e-mail to the Commission urging them to hold a series of scoping meetings in the South Coast. One is just not enough."
 
Lebowitz concluded, "It is incumbent upon the commission to correct this oversight by scheduling a series of scoping meetings to help facilitate the most informed and enlightened MLPA outcome possible. The recreational angling community in Southern California deserves no less."

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Send a letter to Fish & Game on Scoping Meeting

http://capwiz.com/keepamericafishing/issues/alert/?alertid=15177801



Urge the California Fish and Game Commission to Hold Scoping Meetings for the South Coast Phase of the MLPA

The Commission plans to railroad the process and bypass these important meetings
 
Background
In order to gather information essential to the development of Environmental Impact Reports for the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Central and North Central Coasts, the California Fish and Game Commission held a series of scoping meetings under the state's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). The purpose of the scoping meetings was to solicit input from other agencies, the public, stakeholder organizations and other interested parties on issues related to the potential environmental effects of the MPA proposals being considered.
 
This is not the case with the South Coast. In an attempt to meet rushed and arbitrary deadlines, the Fish and Game Commission is not planning to schedule these important and necessary meetings for the South Coast. Given the complexity and heightened controversy surrounding the South Coast process, public scoping meetings are essential to ensure that all the potential impacts of MPAs along the South Coast are heard.
 
What You Can Do
Click here to send a letter to the Fish and Game Commission urging them to hold scoping meetings on the South Coast MPA Project Environmental Impact Report. Without stakeholder input, the Commission will continue to unnecessarily accelerate the process and ignore the need for further input. Send your letter today!
 
Thank you for doing your part to Keep America Fishing!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

MLPA - Public Meeting - Great Kid



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