Support Marine Protected Areas in Southern California
We all know our ocean is not in the shape it used to be. Whether it is pollution, climate change, or mismanagement of resources--our ocean needs help. In order to improve our ocean's health, the State of California is setting aside Marine Protected Areas. These protected areas act as refuges to allow marine life to rebuild fish populations and habitats.
After nearly 2 years, the maps have gone through a series of planning stages and different decision making panels. The Blue Ribbon Task Force unanimously voted to forward a final map to the Fish and Game Commission. The map, called the Integrated Preferred Alternative (IPA), is a hybrid map representing diverse Stakeholder views (and several maps that have been produced over the years).
The MLPA was designed and written to ensure diverse views were incorporated into the final map. The Surfrider Foundation supports the IPA because we believe it contains the perspectives of all ocean users. The IPA is a plan that will set aside rich places like La Jolla, Naples Reef, and Point Dume while leaving more than 90% of the coastline open for fishing.
The Commission will base its decision on public support--and that's why they need to hear from you! Please take action NOW by sending the below letter--express that you are concerned about preserving ocean resources and that you support the IPA.
If you live in southern California, please attend the Commission hearing on Dec 15 at 9am and voice your support for the IPA (click here for more info).
To learn more about Surfrider’s work on the MLPA, go to our blog here