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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:46 am
Ken Jones

Posts: 9761
Location: California

Information on 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: Port of Long Beach Administration Building 6th Floor
925 Harbor Way, Long Beach, California

Your time on the water is being threatened by the implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) which requires the formation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in California's coastal waters, including marine reserves which prohibit all consumptive activities. This includes recreational fishing!

On July 23, 2010, the California Department of Fish and Game is holding a scoping meeting in Long Beach 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.

More Meetings Are Needed

While the July 23 scoping meeting is a good start, more meetings are needed in the South Coast region. Multiple scoping meetings were held for both the Central and North Central Coasts, and given the complexity and heightened controversy surrounding the South Coast process, public scoping meetings throughout the region are essential to ensure that all the potential impacts of MPAs are heard.

To send a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission urging them to hold a series of scoping meetings in the South Coast region, please click here or visit http://capwiz.com/keepamericafishing/issues/alert/?alertid=15177801.

Visit www.keepamericafishing.org/california.html for more information on the MLPA and the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans.

Support UPSAC! Preserve pier and shore angling in California.
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