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E2 Advocacy Projects: California Marine Protected Areas


California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) requires the state to improve protection of its coastal waters and marine life by creating safe havens for marine wildlife and habitat - marine protected areas (MPAs). MPAs provide ecosystems for fish populations to regenerate to sustainable levels and increase the economic value of fisheries. California business leaders recognize the benefits that healthy oceans and well-managed fisheries bring to our state's economy, and we are encouraging the Fish & Game Commission to adopt the strongest network possible for its region-by-region implementation of MPAs.


Counties supporting NCC IPA
One-page map (CalOceans.org)

America's Underwater Parks: The MLPA Safeguards Our Special Undersea Places
NRDC factsheet

News articles

Blue Ribbon Task Force Concedes to Difficult Compromise for South Coast Marine Protected Areas - Nov 11, 2009, Leila Monroe, Switchboard

State creates network of marine reserves - Aug 6, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle

For Oceans to Thrive, Balance is in Order - Jun 10, 2008, Sacramento Bee

A Marine Reserve Makes Sense - May 22, 2008, Coastline Pilot

North Coast Marine Reserve Plan Goes to State - Apr 24, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle

On Protecting Our Marine Life: What lies beneath and why does it matter? - Oct 25, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle

Not enough fish in the sea - Nov 26, 2006, Los Angeles Times

Editorials, Op-eds & Blogs

Live Blogging at the Hearing to Finalize Marine Protected Areas on CA's North Central Coast - Aug 5, 2009, Leila Monroe, Switchboard

New Study Reaffirms Marine Protected Areas Restore Depleted Ecosystems - Aug 3, 2009, Leila Monroe, Switchboard

Opposition's Poll Demonstrates Strong Majority Support for Ocean Protection and MPAs - Jul 31, 2009, Leila Monroe, Switchboard

E2 Statements/Letters

E2 Letter Supporting North Central Coast MLPA Implementation Proposal (Aug 4, 2009)

E2 Letter Supporting North Central Coast MLPA Implementation Proposal (May 4, 2009)

Letter Supporting MLPA Proposal 4 for North Central Coast (Apr 10, 2008)

Please Select Package 2R for Implementing the Marine Life Protection Act (Aug 7, 2006)

Related publications

Rebuilding Global Fisheries

Chair Don Benninghoven Issues Statement on Progress in Implementing the MLPA Initiative

Information on Central Coast marine-protected areas
Webpage of the CA Fish & Game Department

California Fish & Game Map of North Central Coast MPA

Current Status:
E2 Actions:

E2 Southern California Supports Marine Protected Areas (Oct 6, 2009)

E2 California Supports MLPA Implementation Plan for North Central Coast (Aug 4, 2009)

E2 California Supports MLPA Implementation Plan for North Central Coast (May 14, 2009)

E2 California Members support MLPA Proposal 4 for north-central coast (Apr 17, 2008)

E2 California supports Package 2R for MLPA central coast implementation (Aug 3, 2006)

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