Friday, November 20, 2009


Last Chance to Speak Up on South Coast Marine Protected Areas

Attend Commission Hearing on Dec 9th in LA

The 'end of the line' for South Coast Marine Protected Areas has arrived!  Dec 9th marks the final meeting in a 'yearlong process', and we need you to attend.  Recently, 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.

The MLPA, as a law, was designed and written to ensure diverse views were incorporated into the final map. Surfrider fully supports the IPA because we believe it contains a balance of conservation and fishing interests--and perspectives from all ocean users.  The Commission will base its decision on public support--and that's why they need to hear from you on Dec 9th!

Please attend the hearing and express that you are concerned about preserving ocean resources and that you support a 'balanced' proposal that provides strong protection while incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives.

To see the IPA go here:   If you would like help with talking points for the Dec 9th  meeting, please contact Stefanie at:   To stay updated about Surfrider MLPA efforts and to send an action alert to the Commission here:

Dec 9th Meeting Information: 
Radisson Hotel--LAX
6225 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
**please note, the agenda has note been released, but we are assuming public comment will be in the early afternoon. Please visit our blog regularly for the times**


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