Location: San Francisco
|Letter from F&G Department Director Donald Koch regarding nominations to the MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team.
Dear Interested Parties,
Planning for the third study region of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative is beginning, and I am seeking nominations for members of the 2008- 2010 Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT).
As you may know, the MLPA (Stats. 1999, Chapter 1015) directs the Department of Fish and Game (Department) to review the State’s existing array of marine protected areas (MPAs) and improve upon it in order to, among other things, protect marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural heritage and ensure that MPAs are designed and managed, to the extent possible, as a network. In 2004, the California Resources Agency, the Department, and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation formed the MLPA Initiative to achieve the goals of the MLPA.
The first phase of the MLPA Initiative was completed in September 2007 with implementation of new and revised MPAs in the central coast study region (between Pigeon Point and Point Conception). Four proposals for the second study region, the north central coast region (between Alder Creek, near Point Arena in Mendocino County and Pigeon Point in San Mateo County), were presented to the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) at a special meeting on June 11, 2008. The north central coast region MPA regulations are expected to be adopted by the Commission by the end of the year.
In 2008-2010, the MLPA Initiative will focus on developing alternative MPA proposals in the south coast study region from Point Conception southward to
the U.S./Mexico border. As in the other study regions, a Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) composed of respected public policy leaders will be established to oversee the public involvement process and recommend alternative MPA proposals for the south coast study region to the Commission. A regional stakeholder group will provide detailed input and develop draft proposals to be reviewed by the SAT and BRTF.
The first meeting of the south coast SAT will be held in conjunction with the final meeting of the north central SAT to allow for a discussion of crossover issues and lessons learned. It will be held on September 15, 2008 in the Los Angeles area.