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Marine life initiative out of the gate
« on: July 24, 2009, 10:51:41 AM »
More from Jim martin on this MLPA stuff.



Local fishermen and officials on Thursday questioned the scientific foundation behind a state process to close and restrict areas of ocean at a meeting meant to spearhead data collection for the effort.
As the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative moves to the North Coast region, it's getting a chilly reception and facing a community that has serious reservations about the program. At the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, initiative staff laid out the general concept behind the value of a system of marine protected areas -- MPAs -- that the Legislature called for in 1999.
The initiative's executive director, Ken Wiseman, pledged that the planning process would try to avoid recommending restriction of areas that would cause economic harm, and to treat the North Coast differently than other less united regions. Wiseman agreed that he'd like to see area fishermen, biologists, environmentalists and others come up with a single plan to pass up to the California Fish and Game Commission for approval by the end of 2010.
”I think we might be able to do that in this community,” Wiseman said.


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http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_12905636



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